The Real Reason Lifting Weights Helps Your Golf Swing.

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.

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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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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 – Medicine Ball Full Body Workout!


One workout, one piece of kit, train your whole body and develop a powerful golf swing!

The medicine ball is a great bit of kit, it is so versatile! Below is a great full body workout compiled of my favourite medicine ball exercises for golf, if you don’t have a medicine ball I highly recommend that you get one, you can find one of my favourites and least expensive in this amazon link – Gold Coast Professional 3KG-10KG Double Handle Grip Medicine Ball – For Weights Training Exercise Fitness MMA Boxing | Free 2 Year Warranty

So here is the workout!

1. Explosive Power – Medicine Ball Slam!

These are as fun as they sound and look!

  • Stand with feet just outside shoulder width holding the medicine ball in both hands.
  • Extend your body upwards as you reach as high as possible with the med ball.
  • Slam the med ball as hard as you can into the ground!
  • Aim to slam the med ball so it bounces straight back up and you can catch it on the bounce.

3-4 sets of 8 reps

2. Full Body Strength – Squat to Press

  1. Stand in your normal squat stance with the med ball in both hands, resting on your chest (like a goblet squat)
  2. Squat down maintaining a neutral spine and keeping your chest up.
  3. As you push back up and almost reach the start position, begin pressing the med ball overhead finishing fully extended.
  4. Return to the start position.

3 sets of 15 reps

3. Upper Body Strength – Rolling Press-up

  • Start in press-up position but with one hand on the med ball.
  • Perform a press-up in this position and then roll the med ball towards the other hand.
  • Receive the med ball with the other hand and perform another press-up

3 sets of 8-12 reps depending on current strength levels (reps are per press-up not per side unless your strength permits)

4. Shoulder & Full Body Bracing – Front Raise

  • Stand with feet shoulder width and med ball in both hands, arms straight.
  • Brace your whole body as you raise the med ball, still with extended arms
  • Stop when you reach shoulder height or a couple of inches past
  • Slowly return to the start position.

3 sets of 12 reps

5. Core Rotational Strength – Low to High Wood Chop

This is basically an upper body rotation with the med ball and chest aligned at all times, going from low to high.

  • Stand with feet shoulder width, med ball in both hands, arms extended.
  •  Squat slightly and rotate to the right and face your chest slightly downwards, keep the med ball in front of your chest.
  • Keeping your arms extended and the med ball in front of your chest, rotate and extend your legs as you bring the med ball round and up.
  • End with the med ball above shoulder level still in front of your chest and rotated fully to the left

3 sets of 12 reps per side

6. Abdominal Strength – Med Ball Crunch

  • Lay on your back with med ball in both hands, arms fully extended above your shoulders and legs in the air, bent to form 90 degree angle.
  • Maintain extended arms as you crunch up, hold for a moment and return to start

3 sets of 15 reps

This workout is guaranteed to get your heart pounding and strengthen your whole body with one piece of kit! Perform 3 times per week with at least one rest day between workouts for best results.

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Give it a try and then leave a comment below to let me know how you got on!

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GOLF FITNESS – SHOULDER POWER & STABILITY WORKOUT

Golf asks a lot of your shoulders, as the anchor points of the arms and ultimately the golf club, they take almost all of the responsibility of keeping the club moving in time with your body. Training your shoulders for power and stability is a great way of improving their movement in the golf swing, increasing distance and avoiding injury along the way!

This article will give you 3 great exercises to achieve this, they can be performed together for an effective all-round shoulder workout.

Exercise 1 – The Power Move – Barbell Press – 6-8 reps x 3 sets

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The Barbell Press hits all three heads of the deltoid (shoulder muscles) and is great for training power and force production. This exercise requires strict form and should be done light to start off. Make sure to press the bar in a straight line, this is done by moving the head, not by excessively leaning back! As you finish the movement allow your shoulders to shrug slightly and always keep your elbows directly under the bar.

Exercises 2 – The Isolation Move – Resistance Band Side Raise 10-12 reps x 3 sets (each side)

Side raises isolate the side deltoid more than the front or rear. I prefer the resistance band to dumbbells on these because you can keep tension on the muscle and they work more of the small stabilising muscles too. Make sure to bend slightly from the hips as this protects the joint, helps to activate the side deltoid the most and replicates the movement of the shoulder in the golf swing as it brings the arms and club in front of the body. Keep a slight bend in the elbow and try to keep the thumb side of your hand slightly higher than the other throughout the movement as this keeps the shoulder in a safer position.

Exercise 3 – The Stability Move – Resistance Band Face Pull 15 reps x 3 sets

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The face pull is one of the best exercises for your shoulder health, it trains all 3 heads of the deltoid with a large emphasis on the much neglected rear deltoid. It moves the joint through retracting and rotating movements and therefore strengthens the small stabilising muscles very effectively, rotator cuff muscles included. This will help injury proof your shoulders and allow you to use them to their full strength potential.

I would highly recommend getting a resistance band, not just for these shoulder exercises but for a whole host of muscle groups and movements, it will be one of your best investments towards the improvement of your golf fitness! They are inexpensive too which makes them ideal, you can get one from Amazon here – Exercise Bands

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