Before considering a golf-specific fitness program it is important to examine the muscles used in the golf swing. Many golfers are unaware of the muscle groups they should be training to enhance golf performance. The majority use the wrong muscle groups and poor technique at the gym. These faults can affect performance, impair good swing biomechanics and cause injury.
A common mistake I see in amateur players is that they rely too heavily on the large front upper-body muscles in the swing. That is, they tend to have too much arm and upper-body movement – as such, they under-utilise their core and lower body muscles which are great power sources. In addition, they make compensations with smaller levers such as the hands and wrists.
This section outlines the principal muscles used in the golf swing. However, you should only commence a strength and conditioning program once you have been screened by a physiotherapist. A muscular and postural profile is necessary to ensure you are able to maintain good posture and muscle balance: fundamental to the sequencing of an efficient golf swing.
Ideally you should only commence a strength and conditioning program once you have been screened by a physiotherapist.
However, here are a few example exercises that are used by our clients in their golf specific training programs.
Upper Body Stretches
Middle Body Stretches
Trunk & Lower Body Stretches