Every golfer would like to add distance to their drive. Establishing a base of strength is the first step in producing more power, which will ultimately allow you to put extra distance on your shots.
It is important to keep in mind that the amount of weight lifted is not the priority. Adding weight on top of dysfunctional movement patterns is never the way to go for any sport, but especially not golf. If you are consistent with your strength training the impact to your golf game can be immense.
Here are three of the top exercises that are guaranteed to add some yards to your drives.
The lower body is the engine that will generate power off the tee. There are hundreds of variations of the Squat that all have benefits when executed correctly. With my athletes, I prefer to use the Front Squat for a few of reasons.
- The upright torso position forces the golfer to engage their core in order to keep a proper position. This upright torso position is also the most biomechanically efficient way to produce vertical power, an element of the golf swing that is often neglected.
- The position the bar is held requires the athlete to engage their upper back. A limitation in upper-back strength and mobility is one of the most common issues we see present itself in the golf swing. A proper Front Squat will help combat this issue.
- The Front Squat also takes compressing forces off the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine, or the lower back, is the most common injury for golfers. As always the number one priority is to avoid and prevent injury.
This combination of factors makes the Front Squat an excellent squat variation for golfers. As with all exercise, adding heavy weights on top of dysfunction will only hurt your progress, so take things slow and you will be surprised with the impact it has on your game! Typically 3-4 sets of 6-8 reps will get the job done!
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