The Fitness Strategy Of PGA Champ Justin Thomas

I’m writing this the day after Justin Thomas has just won the PGA Championship, The whole golfing world views his distance from the tee as an anomaly, he stands only 5’10” and weighs just 66kg or 145lbs!

He manages to AVERAGE 310 yards from the tee! That is incredible!

I wanted to discuss Justin and his powerful golf swing today because I think you can learn a lot from his approach to fitness.

We hear all too often that modern golfers are ‘overdoing it’ in the gym and putting on too much muscle (a pretty tough feat if you’ve been trying for any length of time!)

Justin’s approach is to forget most of the ‘power’ and ‘muscle building’ exercises, his main aim in the gym is to increase flexibility / mobility and make sure his body is moving properly and efficiently, not what you were expecting right?!

Golf has become such a power sport that many people neglect the fact that mobility is ultimately going to determine how efficient your swing is, Justin has managed to squeeze every last drop of efficiency out of his body and the numbers don’t lie!

His main reasons behind this strategy are a couple of back injuries he sustained early on in his career, he learned the hard way that his body needed a helping hand coping with the stresses of his golf swing.

He learned with the help of his trainer Tyler Parsons, that his back pain was caused by tight hips (what have I been telling you?!) and as soon as he worked on hip flexibility and mobility the back pain disappeared and he gained yards on the golf course, without lifting a single weight.

Now I’m not telling you that training to gain muscle and strength is bad for golf but im using his case as an example that its not the only piece of the puzzle. Golf is a complex sport and it requires a lot of different skills (big glutes help on the tee box but on the green, the hole doesn’t care if work out or not)

Don’t neglect your mobility work, I will upload a mobility routine soon so keep an eye out for that or better yet subscribe to the mailing list and never miss an article!

Please leave a comment below on your thoughts and any topics you want me to cover.

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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!

Check out the accompanying video on my YouTube channel – 5 Exercises for better arm action in the golf swing – while you are there make sure to subscribe!

Exercise 1

Barbell Over Head Press / Dumbbell Shoulder Press

Golf exercise shoulder press

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

Golf stretch and exercise resistance band backswing

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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If you don’t have a resistance band, why not? They are really cheap and super versatile, get one from here – Resistance Bands

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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.

golf exrcise dadlift

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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