When you think of someone lifting weights you probably picture a huge, musclebound monster performing bicep curls with an ungodly amount of weight. In reality sportspeople have been reaping the benefits of lifting weights more and more in recent times, Tennis stars are able to squat almost 3 times their bodyweight and Golfers can perform pull-ups with added weight for reps. When you take a look at any top sportsperson there will be a rigorous strength & fitness routine as one of their top priorities.
This may come as a surprise as most of these sport stars aren’t hugely developed muscularly, they are seriously strong but usually not seriously muscular, this is because they are taking advantage of the main benefit of sports specific training, improved neural efficiency. In a nutshell neural efficiency is the rate at which your brain communicates with your muscles and the amount of muscle fibres the brain communicates with, meaning if you train and get stronger your brain is telling more muscle fibres to contract and faster!
This is what we want to achieve as golfers, being flexible and strong is key. Don’t get me wrong, building muscle is fine and actually needed after your strength gains come to an plateau, as long as you maintain the flexibility required.
So how do we train to stimulate improved strength? With relatively low reps of heavy, multi joint movements like the Squat, Deadlift & Overhead Press. Many athletes train in a way which minimises the amount of fatigue built up over time so they can practice their skills and perform on ‘game day’ with no negative effects from their training. They do this by performing multiple sets (3 – 5) of 2 – 3 reps of an exercise like deadlifts with a weight that is heavy but they feel could be done for at least 4 – 5 reps, this ensures they never reach failure on the exercise, the worst thing for strength gains, and always have room for continued gains as they slowly increase the weight over time.
Bear this in mind next time you head to the gym and jump on the pec deck for 3 sets of 12, is that really going to help your golf game or improve your overall strength? I think you know the answer! If you need a helping hand with your training don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, either by commenting below or sending me an email from the contact page of this website. I am also very proud to announce that I will be releasing a beginner golf workout program very soon which will help you in your journey to a better game so make sure to subscribe to the mailing list to stay up to date on the release, you also get all the new articles sent to your inbox and news and offers exclusive to subscribers!
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Golfer and gym goer. I enjoy helping people achieve their golfing goals by providing exercises and workouts to improve performance and giving people insights into my own golf training.