Strength and Power Input for Golfers
For golfers at any training level, there is a high level of muscle activation from both the upper and lower extremities at the various phases of their swing. Golfers can produce higher levels of rotational power with an increased level of muscular strength. These levels of strength can attribute to increased club head speed and ball velocity.
The upper and lower body have their specific roles and strengths in the mechanical work it takes to accomplish an effective golf swing. There is a working understanding in the world of golf that an increased muscular power within the lower body and trunk enables greater mechanical work which in turn increased club head velocity.
Ways to implement strength training to increase golf performance
Training for strength elicits physiological adaptations that contribute to increased athletic performance such as increase in muscular fiber size, rate of force development, anaerobic power, and fat-free mass. These adaptations can also contribute to an increase in athletic ability of balance, flexibility, and coordination.
Functional strength training has been shown to aid golfers in their athletic performance. The most beneficial form of training to help increase these adaptations are bilateral weight training and power movements. Bilateral movements include squats, deadlifts, bench press, or anything that uses both arms or both legs at the same time. These are also known as compound movements that use more than one joint and more than one muscle group. These exercises give the athlete the most benefit out of a training session due to the multi-muscle usage during the movement(s).
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