Strength and golf…. Really?
Well yes your body will need strength in everything you do such as carrying those heavy bags of grocery’s to the car and then lifting them out of the car then lifting them up on the kitchen countertop to sort them. Your body needs strength to function on a daily basis, and quite frankly, if your body lacks strength then it won’t function as efficiently as it would if it had sufficient strength. Though that does not mean you need to go to the gym and build on a ton of beach muscles either, because even though those muscles may look good they don’t always translate to better function. So the bottom line is do you need strength in your body to make a efficient golf swing, the answer is ABSOLUTELY! But the important thing to understand is that having strength is useless if you can’t use it correctly in your golf swing. The ability to use strength correctly in a golf swing is what is called athleticism. NEWS ALERT….All golfers are athletes, from the young juniors, to the elites, to the weekend warriors, to senior golfers. If you want to play better golf, then why not start with improving your athleticism? This is not really all that difficult to understand, but for some of you, you may think this article is not for you, and that you just want to get rid of your slice and play more consistent golf and that you are too old or too busy to think about being an athlete right? WRONG… you do athletic movements everyday, such as getting up from a chair, or walking the dog. And the truth of the matter is that the reason you have a slice and lack consistency is usually due to poor athleticism in your golf swing, so yes you too will need to think of yourself as an athlete!
So if athleticism is the ability to use strength efficiently in your golf swing, how do you become more athletic then? Good question, and the answer is not always strength first, in fact if your body can’t function athletically then building more muscle is not the answer. You will need to re-teach your body to move athletically which means you will need to find out if you have any limitations in your joints or muscles that restrict your body from moving athletically. Limitations in your joints or muscles will restrict your body from moving athletically and will force your body to compensate around your limitations by searching for the easiest alternative route causing your body not to move as athletically as it could/should/needs to!
Here is what you need to do:
Step 1; Get a physical screening to check for limitations that restrict you from moving efficiently, HOW? Book a screening with a TPI Medical or Fitness expert. Or if you don’t have an expert in your area, order a copy of the Golfers Handbook which amongst having a lot of expert advice on moving healthier, more efficient, nutritional advice, proper warm-up techniques and a ton of other nuggets to improving your game, it also has a physical screening to check your body for limitations. The Golfers Handbook is available on the link below in ebook format for only $9.95USD
Step 2; After having your physical screening work on improving your body’s limitations with simple and efficient exercises prescribed by visit with your expert, or prescribed by yourself with the easy to do self-screening from your copy of the Golfers Handbook.
If your have no limitations the move directly to Step 3.
Step 3; Have a TPI Fitness expert make a strength screening on you, to check how well your ability to activate your muscles are, then work on strengthening any weak areas if lack of strength is the issue.
Step 4; Visit a TPI certified golf coach to help teach you a technique that will help your body learn how to move efficiently with it’s new range of motion and improved movement. If you don’t have a TPI certified golf coach in your area then again I would recommend ordering a copy of the Golfers Handbook.
The Golfers Handbook is a tool that will help you learn how to attain and regain athleticism in your body with simple tests and easy exercises. You will learn how to move more athletically in your golf swing by using your muscles correctly.
Strength is the key to a better golf swing, but removing limitations is the keyhole. And if we really want to destroy this metaphor, we’d better say that timing and efficiency are the door hinges that glue it all together so that you move more athletically in your golf swing!
Thank you for reading this weeks free weekly tips and as usual if you have any questions or comments, please be sure to leave them. I look forward to hearing from you.
Coach Adam Stevenson
PGA Professional & TPI Golf Fitness expet
Author of The Golfers Handbook - Save your golf game and your LIFE!