No time for dilly-dally today.
Got some excellent member questions I want to address.
QUESTION: Sometimes I am sore the day after a workout. Do you have any post workout stretches you suggest to be ready to play early the next day?
JEFF: A simple dynamic movement routine, some light foam rolling or even just going for a walk in the morning is good to get the blood flowing and the muscles/joints moving.
Movement is the key. I would focus less on “stretching” and more on moving.
You’ll also want to make sure you spend some time before playing doing a little warm-up.
This could be the routine mentioned above, just depends on how late in the day you are playing.
QUESTION: How do I build speed?
JEFF: The key to building speed is to first have a good foundation of strength and balance. If you aren’t currently working on building your foundation, that’s where I would start.
Many people try to short cut their way to speed by throwing medicine balls or doing box jumps, but without the foundation, that’s like trying to throw a Ferrari engine in a old car with a wobbly wheel.
It’s not going to help I the long run.
That being said, if you do have a decent foundation built, you need to work with the intent to move faster, which is why I prefer overspeed training as one of the 1st modes of increasing speed with our golfers.
It’s simple and repeatable with direct correlation to the action you need on the course.
QUESTION: How do I know if I am I doing these exercises properly? How can I know? And how does it show up if I am?
JEFF: First and foremost, you need to know that the source of the exercises is solid, meaning the person demonstrating them is qualified and knows what they are doing (like Chuck Norris).
If you focus on mimicking the proper form with good tempo and posture, you will be good. Especially in the beginning, worry more about those things than adding weight or getting a ton of reps.
If you really can’t tell if you’re doing it right, either find a mirror or even video yourself and compare it to the exercise you saw.
But don’t just go searching YouTube for cool golf exercises, because there are a lot out there that are simply in the internet for wow factor, rather than really helping your game.
In our program, I break down each motion for you:
QUESTION: What is the best way to train my lower body to support the golf swing?
JEFF: Focus on getting stronger and more balanced with full range exercises that will also help you move better.
Do unilateral exercises like lunges/split squats that hit multiple joints and muscles while also forcing you to balance. Combine that with bilateral exercises like squats, deadlifts, etc that will work the entire body and help get you stronger overall.
Building a stronger, better moving lower body is one of the most beneficial and long-term strategies to hitting the ball better and farther for years to come.
If you’re interested in a step-by-step program, here you go:
Until next time…