Five Ways to Improve Your Golf Game at the Gym

Golf season is officially in full swing in New England.  It’s that time of year again when golfers who have been chomping at the bit all winter, watching the PGA on the Golf Channel finally get the chance to go onto the Links and try their hand at one of the most challenging sports in world.

What makes golf such a challenging sport is that it requires both extreme amounts of speed, power, and strength, coupled with touch, feel, and control.  It can be a difficult balance to strike, especially when you haven’t been practicing for the last 5 months in a cold New England Winter.

Here are a few tips that you can incorporate now at the gym in order to make you a better golfer this year!

1)      Work on your flexibility – One way to maximize the power of your swing, is to improve the flexibility in your back and hips.  This will allow you to go through a larger swing, and give you more potential energy to increase distance.  Start adding upper back stretches into your daily routine at the gym.  Work on the foam roller in order to get your upper back moving.  Focus on gaining rotation as well.  Add specific hip stretches for your hamstrings and gluts in order to get a good turn.

2)      Work on your strength – Tiger Woods didn’t get those guns by just playing golf alone.  And you better believe that they are a big reason that he can drive his ball so far off the tee.  He hits the gym daily to work on his upper and lower body strength.  Make sure to include basic strengthening exercises to your routine focused on your back, chest, and legs.

3)      Build Power and Speed – The only way that you will get a faster club-head speed is by incorporating exercises into your workouts that promote speed as well.  Speed and timing are learned, and don’t come easy.  Start adding some plyometric exercises into your work outs.  Try tossing a medicine ball against a wall.  Work with the pulley system or the PurMotion machine to gain power and speed.

4)      Focus on Rotation – The golf swing has a huge rotational component, so you better be doing exercises at the gym that mimic this motion.  You can use the kettle bells or medicine balls to mimic certain motions in the golf swing.  This will help to improve your core strength to tighten up your stroke and make your swing more consistent!

5)      Go to our Golf Clinic – The Clubs at Charles River Park will be running a Golf Specific Clinic in the next month going over specifics in how you can use the most current concepts in fitness to optimize your golf game.  We will give golfers specific stretches, exercises, and programs in order to build flexibility, strength, power, and rotational control to improve your game.

So before you hit your favorite golf course this weekend, think about some of the points above.  Likely you can add some simple elements from a few of the bullets and work towards lowering your handicap by a few strokes this year.

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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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