5 Exercises For A Better Backswing

The role of the right arm in the golf swing is massively underrated by some, it can provide control and serious power when moved effectively but equally it can lead to wild shots and sap power if its in bad positions.

Right arm in the backswing
This article will show you 5 exercises you can do to give you the proper feeling and strength / flexibility to get that right arm working properly in your golf swing and hopefully lead to some better shots!

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Exercise 1

Barbell Over Head Press / Dumbbell Shoulder Press

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Golf exercise shoulder press

Moving your right arm properly starts at the shoulder and building up enough strength in the joint to be able to handle the proper movement is essential. The Barbell / Dumbbell press is amazing for overall shoulder development as it incorporates all three parts of the deltoid, the rotator cuff and all the small muscles around the shoulder blade.

For the technique check out this article – GOLF FITNESS – SHOULDER POWER & STABILITY WORKOUT

Exercise 2

Shoulder Rotations

Golf exercise shoulder Rotations

Golf exercise shoulder rotation
The importance of the small muscles often gets overlooked. This exercise will actively target the muscles responsible for the rotation of your shoulder and arm and will help you achieve a better position in the golf swing.

Start with a LIGHT dumbbell or weight plate, hold it at shoulder height with your arm bent at a 90 degree angle so your shoulder, elbow and the weight are all on the same level. SLOWLY rotate your shoulder upwards making sure to keep your shoulder and elbow aligned.

This exercise can really help to injury-proof your shoulders when done correctly and i highly recommend starting with a light weight!

Exercise 3

Face Pulls

Golf exercise face pull

Golf exercise face pull
If you have read any of my articles before, chances are that you know that i love facepulls! they are great for posture, shoulder strength, flexibility and muscle balance!

I wont go into too much detail as i cover it in-depth in this article – Best Golf Exercise Ever? Your Shoulders Will Think So! – Go check it out, do them and thank me later!

Exercise 4

Resistance Band Backswings

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Resistance Band Backswings will really help you to get the right feeling of the proper movement in the backswing, loop a band around your trail arm (right for me as im a right handed golfer) and loop the other end of the resistance band under your lead foot (left for me) now make some backswings and notice how the band keeps your elbow pointing downwards and infront of your body, this is a great position in the golf swing!

Hold the top position (as far as you can comfortably go, usually around a 3 quarter backswing) for a few seconds and then relax before holding again. this will ensure you get the correct feeling, stretch the muscles and strengthen the ones which hold the arm in place!

Exercise 5

Wall Assisted Static Sholder Stretch

Golf stretch wall assisted static shoulder stretch

This is a really simple stretch which im sure you have come across before, sometimes simple is the key! This stretch will mobilise the shoulder joint and allow that prefered backswing position. Just dont over-do it, the shoulder is a complex joint!

Give these exercises a try and hopeflly you will be using that trail arm properly in your golf swing!

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Deadlifts For Golf – Power, Distance & Control In One Move!

Deadlifts are one of the best exercises for any sport, golf is no exception! Watch the video on our YouTube channel where I discuss the conventional deadlift including technique and tips to perform it safely!

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Best Golf Exercise Ever? Your Shoulders Will Think So!

Imagine trying to play golf with dislocated shoulders…..just going to leave that there for a second or 2! Obviously that is a massive exaggeration, that would never happen, you would be straight to A&E but it helps highlight a point often overlooked by golfers, the health of your shoulders.

Your shoulder joint is a complex web of muscles, tendons and bones, all working together to be the most mobile joint in your body. This mobility is what allows us to do much of what we do with our arms an upper body (including playing golf) but it can also be a weakness, the muscles, tendons and bones are very easily injured if the structure of the shoulder isn’t sound.

Your shoulder is highly susceptible to muscular imbalances usually caused by too much sitting, hunching, training the anterior (front) of the body more than the posterior (back) or neglecting the to train the upper back and rear of the shoulders altogether! When you are out and about and look at the people around you, how many of them have good posture? How many stand tall with their shoulders back? I’m willing to bet not that many, the usual posture you see is a rounded upper back and shoulders rolled forwards and in towards the chest.

Now when we play golf, the shoulders play a pretty big role in the swing and you can see from some of the best players in the world that golf posture counts for a lot! If you have imbalances in your shoulder and bad posture in every day life, you don’t stand much chance of a decent golf posture and a good golf posture allows you to make a full turn and for the body and arms to work together in the golf swing.

The single best exercise for training the muscles in the upper back and rear of the shoulders that help you to get that perfect posture is the Face Pull, it can be done with a cable or a resistance band which is my preference as you can activate more muscles.

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Method Golf Fitness Exercise Face Pull

  • Make sure to attach the band securely, you don’t want one of those to the face!
  • Keep your back straight and hold the band at arms length, the band being tight.
  • Relax the shoulders before you start the movement.
  • Slowly pull the band towards your forehead and pull your hands apart at the same time.
  • Finish the pull when you reach the ‘double bicep pose’ and hold for a second.
  • Slowly return to the start and repeat, simple!

That’s how easy it is to have strong, healthy shoulders! Watch the video on the Method Golf Fitness YouTube Channel where I talk you through the movement and things from this article, make sure you subscribe while you are there!

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Exercises That Golfers Should Avoid!

Normally I would be talking you through a great exercise or workout that will help your game, today I thought I would do the opposite! There are some exercises that seem harmless enough but train muscles and movement patterns that could really harm your golf swing and bring about bad habits.

1. Training too much chest!

The first thing to avoid is more of a caution against training a muscle group too much, the chest and anterior deltoid (front of the shoulders) to be precise. Now don’t get me wrong, training the chest and shoulders is definitely recommended however when training specifically for golf you need to make sure you train the opposing muscles, the upper back and rear deltoids, at a ratio of 2 : 1. This may seem high but you have to remember that the muscles of the chest and anterior delts are big and strong and if the smaller muscles of the rear delts and upper back are not trained significantly more then your shoulders will be pulled forwards and your upper back will round, not great for golf posture or getting an effective turn in the backswing!

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2. Crunches!

The next exercise to avoid is one that I have been guilty of doing until recently, the crunch! This may sound like a great exercise for golf, a strong core can’t be bad right? Well, crunching is no good for golf, it trains you to use your core in a ‘bending’ movement, nothing like the rotation we really want in the golf swing. The proper way to train the core would be with planks and rotational core exercises like wood-chops and band rotations, teaching you how to use your core as a stable rotating unit.

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3. Upright row!

The third exercise is the Upright Row. This is one of the worst exercises for Golf and  sports specific training in general, the reason being the way the shoulders move in the exercise is horrible for your shoulder health! The shoulder joint and muscles extend so far that they can trap and tear tendons and small muscles between them causing shoulder impingement and basically ruining your chances of a decent swing! The best way to train your shoulders is in the way they are designed to move, Barbell press, Dumbbell press, Face pulls and side raises performed properly (bend slightly from the waist and lift the weight with thumbs facing the sky) are all you will need!

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4. Leg extensions!

The fourth and final exercise to avoid is machine leg extensions, they are just no good! They train a completely un-natural way of using the quadriceps, they normally function with the hamstrings and hip joint as a whole unit but the leg extension forces it to contract all on its own forming imbalances, if the quads overpower the hips and hamstrings then your butt is going to shoot towards the ball in the downswing and early extension is going to be your new worst enemy! To avoid this make sure to train your quads in movements like squats, lunges and deadlifts so that the whole lower body works together and ensures the hamstrings don’t lag behind.

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Is Your Golf Game Lacking In Distance?

Distance can be a sore subject for some golfers, when you are always the shortest hitter in your fourball its no fun at all!

Many golfers hear that ‘technology’ is making it too easy nowadays, just watch the golf on tv, the players are dominating golf courses and making some unplayable due to them being judged as too short!! In my honest opinion, technology is helping but less than you might think. The guys on tour are fitter, stronger, more athletic and flexible than their counterparts of years gone by, this is the main difference between weekend warriors and the pros.

If you feel like you are lagging behind in the yardage department then fitness is definitely the best way to improve in my opinion! Golf is way more fun when you hit it long!

Check out some of these great golf distance, exercise and workout articles and get ripping those drives down the fairway!

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Golf Fitness – 3 Deadlift Variations To Bring Some Power To Your Game!

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Training for distance is a popular subject, golf is so much more fun when you are playing well but even more fun when you are playing well and feel like you can really take on the course, hitting it long and creating opportunities for birdies and eagles!

In this article I will show you 3 awesome deadlift variations that are sure to increase your strength and inject some power into your golf swing!

The first exercises on the list has to be the Classic DeadliftThe standard deadlift is one of the best tools available to anyone training for sport, golf is no exception. Synonymous with power lifters and strongmen, the deadlift can sometimes be seen as a brutish exercise, it is one of the best overall strength builders however and you should drop any preconceived thoughts you have about the deadlift immediately, I mean, if Mcilroy and virtually every other tour pro think its good for their golf game, there must be something to it!




The Deadlift builds your ability to move powerfully from a dead stop, as the name implies! This makes the deadlift fairly unique as it is one f the few exercises where momentum cant be used to ‘cheat’ the weight up, so if its too heavy for you, its not going anywhere! The dead stop and heavy nature of the move means it builds strength like no other, meaning speed in your golf swing and yards out on the course.

The form for the deadlift and all other variation is fairly simple, the most important thing is to start of light and build up slowly so you get used to the movement before you try and test yourself!

  • Make sure to start with feet shoulder width apart (personal preference but start there and adjust as you see fit)
  • The bar should sit in line with the middle of your foot and you should grab the bar where your arms comfortably hang.
  • Brace your core meaning breath in and force down and out into your stomach.
  • Drop your hips slightly and then, keeping your back in a nice neutral position, push through your heels, thrust your hips forwards and extend your whole body to the finish.
  • Make sure to lower the weight slowly and under control, never perform a ‘touch and go’ rep, always set the weight down and start from a dead stop.

The deadlift is a strength move so to get the most out of it I usually recommend sets of no more than 5 reps, usually for 3 – 5 sets.

The next variation is The Stiff Leg Deadlift This is one of my favourite golf exercises, it is a deadlift but without using any leg extension, this limits the amount of weight you can use but builds strength in the hamstrings, glutes and lower back, perfect for your golf swing. The form is virtually the same as a standard deadlift but the hips stay high, the knees have a small bend in them and this is maintained throughout the exercise.




The stiff leg deadlift is always great in any golf workout because it has another benefit that helps almost all golfers, it is an amazing way to stretch and mobilise the hamstrings and hips! Almost everyone spends a good portion of the day sat down and as a result can have tight hips, hip flexors and tight, weak hamstrings, this exercise will help guard against all of those!

Perform these for 3 – 4 sets of up to 8 reps as this will be a lighter exercises and going to heavy on this doesn’t bring the best results!

The final variation may seem strange to you but trust me, it builds power and  lot of it! The Deficit Deadlift. This variation is a standard deadlift but with your feet elevated, this means the bottom part of the lift is much harder and again, you probably wont be able to use as much weight as the standard deadlift. This is an awesome golf exercise because it builds strength but also will help you lift more weight in the standard deadlift, meaning even more strength!


The form is the same as the standard deadlift but you are standing on a stable weight plate or platform, as you progress you can move to 2 weight plates to make the exercise even more challenging. As with the standard deadlift, I like to perform these for 3 – 5 sets of no more than 5 reps.

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Golf Fitness – 4 Awesome Lower-Body Exercises


The lower body is extremely important in the golf swing, a strong and stable lower half is needed if you want to make powerful swings. Below are 4 awesome exercises that build strength, power & stability in the lower body.

1. DUMBBELL / KETTLEBELL GOBLET SQUAT


 Make sure to keep your chest up throughout the movement and a neutral spine this will translate well to your posture in the golf swing. The Goblet Squat builds leg and glute strength & power, it also hits your core as it has to work overtime to keep the upper body stable whilst holding the weight.

2. DUMBBELL / KETTLEBELL LUNGE

 

Again, make sure to keep the chest up and core braced, drop until your trailing knee is about 1-2 inches from the ground. This is much harder than the regular dumbbell lunge with the weights down by your side as you have to really work hard to maintain balance.

3. DUMBBELL / KETTLEBELL LUNGE WITH ROTATION

 

Begin the rotation as soon as you start to drop down, turn over your lead leg and aim for as close to 90 degrees of turn as possible. This can be a really hard exercises when you first try it so begin without any weight and build from there. Your balance will improve very quickly.

4. SINGLE LEG, STIFF LEG DEADLIFT

 

Make sure to keep a slight bend in your knee and a neutral spine. Lower the weight slowly until you feel a decent stretch in your hamstrings and then push your hips forwards as you return to the top position. These are excellent for low back, hamstring and glute strength.

Give these exercises a try, they will really help your game and you will feel more balanced and powerful after only a few sessions.

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