This is Part 1 of My Journey To 300 Yards, it is a brief introduction to the series.
When I started golf distance was not something I was blessed with, I struggled with a huge slice and generally struck the ball far from solidly. Within 2 summers of solid practice and play I had a handicap of around 11. I still had some problems, I was not long of the tee or with my irons and I found it hard to strike the ball powerfully. In the modern game the best players are usually a combination of the longest and best strikers of the ball. This is when my golf fitness journey began and I was officially on the road to driving it 300 yards (and more as it turns out!) and straight down the middle!
In Part 1 of this series I will give a brief introduction to the things that helped me the most when starting my golf fitness journey and what mistakes I made along the way.
I began with research into golf exercises and workouts that had actually helped people achieve what I wanted to do, I found this very difficult as there was so much nonsense to filter through, I quickly learned through trial and error that a lot of ‘specialised golf exercises’ were in fact useless! These included things that were labelled as ‘functional’ exercises and usually involved being seconds from injury!
I found most of my valuable information when looking at the way athletes trained for other sports. putting an emphasis on big compound movements to build overall body strength, specialised speed and power moves and training the core to be strong and rotationally capable.
Take tennis training for example, a huge emphasis is placed on strength in the big, basic barbell lifts, the squat, deadlift and overhead press. There is also a lot of value placed in bodyweight movements like pull-ups, chin-ups, press-ups and squat jumps/box jumps.
This is how I changed the approach to my golf fitness training, I focused on building overall body strength and explosiveness and strengthening my core in rotational movements.
In the next 2 parts of the series I will cover the process I went through to increase my strength, power and core stability including the exercises and workouts that I used.
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