While Halton is covered in mounds of snow, not many people are thinking about the upcoming golf season. However, this is the perfect time of year to start tailoring your exercise program or to have any current injuries addressed in order to ensure that you hit the links stronger and pain free.
If you look at today’s top golfers, most, if not all, do some form of strength training. The golf swing involves powerful muscle contractions coming from multiple body parts. The key areas to focus on are the rotator cuff and scapular stabilizers, the trunk and core musculature, and the glutes and hip extensors.
What are the benefits of lifting weights?
1. More strength equals more speed/force;
2. Reduces golf specific injuries by 30-50%;
3. Results in longer drives and distance on your iron shots;
4. May increase your accuracy and consistency;
5. Can increase your putting distance control
Strength gains generally take up to 8 weeks of consistent training before seeing any progress. Don’t wait until the snow melts and courses open. Get ready now and spend the warmer weather at the range and on the course working on your technique. Not sure where to start? Get assessed at Sheddon Physiotherapy, where Jason Kobrick and Erin Shapcott have both completed their golf specific rehabilitation courses and can help answer any of your questions.
Stay tuned for our next Blog discussing Golf and Mobility.