5 Ways to Help Your Golf Game

The Golf Season is almost over here in New England. Most golfers are putting the clubs away for the winter to wait for the first opportunity next Spring to head back to the driving range to “knock the cobwebs” out of their swings. But now is a great time to work in the gym to improve your swing for next season.

In recent years, there has been much research on specific training techniques which can help add more distance to your drives and set you up for success. So this off-season, take a quick look at these research driven tips to see if you can add a little more value to your normal routine.

Stretch

Lack of mobility in the front hip has been correlated to decreased driving distance. It is a good idea to keep the hips more mobile so that you don’t have to get all of your mobility out of your spine during the backswing.

Hip Flexor

Strengthen

Research has found the good chest strength has been correlated to improved driving distance. Studies have shown that golfers who add chest presses into their exercise routines have been able to improve distance on their drives.

Bench Press

Get Mobile

It is no secret that we get stiffer as we age. Over time, the spine loses its natural mobility. Studies of elite golfers have found that those golfers with better spine mobility have lower rates of injury on the tour.

Trunk Rotation

Get Powerful

Amateur golfers with better rotational power have improved driving distance and head speed. Research has found that specific exercises mimicking golf swings with resistance and weight are excellent ways to improve rotational power.

Medball throw

Don’t Forget Cardio

To get a good score, you need to stay on top of your game for the entire 18 holes. Golf is an endurance sport and research has found that golfers with decreased cardiovascular endurance fatigue sooner and score worse. Make sure to include cardio training to decrease your risk of fatigue late in a round.

Runner

Hopefully you were able to pick up one interesting new idea to try this winter. If you have any questions, make sure to check in with one of the personal trainers at the Club. And good luck next season out on the links!

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Diana grew up in a small suburb north of Boston. She received her clinical doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Boston University in 2006. Diana started practicing as a physical therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital. While at MGH, she developed a specialty in the evaluation and treatment of complex lumbopelvic dysfunction. Diana is currently practicing at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston where she is the Orthopedic Clinical Supervisor of the Spine program. She is presently a Boston resident and her interests outside physical therapy include cooking, walking on the Esplanade, and international travel.

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