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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My Journey To 300 Yards+ (Part 1)

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.

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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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Best Golf Exercises – Chin-Up To ‘Crank-Up’ Your Distance!

Latest in the ‘Best Golf Exercises’ series is the chin-up! Make sure to check out the other articles in the series – Push Press, Kettlebell Swing and Deadlift.

In my humble opinion the chin-up is the mightiest of all bodyweight exercises, its one of those caveman like movements that just makes you feel badass! Its a very tough exercise, especially if you haven’t done it previously (don’t worry, I will tell you how to build up to your first proper chin-up!)

Lets get straight into the benefits –

  • The chin-up primarily builds and strengthens the upper back, namely the latissimus dorsi and surrounding muscles.
  • It builds and strengthens the shoulder, mainly the rear deltoid.
  • It builds and strengthens the biceps and forearms (grip strength)
  • surprisingly it can engage the core very effectively!

A strong upper back and rear deltoids are essential in golf, not only do they help you to achieve correct posture they provide stability on the back swing helping you keep control of the club and club path, they also provide a huge amount of power in the downswing as they are key movers in the unwinding and the formation of side lateral bend. Strengthened biceps and forearms can aid in control of the club and also help guard against the dreaded ‘golfers elbow’ as the tendons will be stronger and supported better.

On to the movement itself –

The chin-up is as basic a movement as you can get! simply hold a bar with about a shoulder width grip-hang with straight arms and then pull your chest towards the bar, the key when pulling up is to have your shoulder blades in a nice ‘braced’ position, that means squeezed together and pushed downwards, this makes sure that as you start the movement you effectively engage the lats and upper back and don’t rely too much on your biceps.

If you struggle to complete 5 reps or you can’t complete one full rep yet then you should build up by performing slow lowering chin-ups, this is where you either stand on a chair/box or jump up so that you are hanging on the bar in the top position of the chin-up and slowly lower yourself for a count of 5, repeat this for 3 sets of  5 – 8 reps and you will be performing full reps in no time!

That’s the chin-up! I highly recommend giving it a try as it is one of the best for upper back development, you will notice a huge difference in your swing as you start to feel the different muscles working.


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