Golf Workout Instructions: How to Gain More Power
There is only so much power to be gained through technical improvements in your swing. If you have already put in plenty of time working on your swing and would still like to find more distance, it might be time to consider working on your fitness as well. Adding strength and flexibility to your body can enable you to create more club head speed in your swing – as long as your technique is still good and you are using your body properly.
There are three specific areas of the body that can use special attention when it comes to working out for golf purposes. If you are able to strengthen and add flexibility to the three areas below, you should be able to find more distance in the near future.
- The core. Your core is the muscles around the midsection of your body, such as your abs and obliques. This is really the engine of the golf swing, so adding both strength and flexibility in this region is crucial. Most golfers lack for muscle in this area, and their swings suffer as a result. Not only can having a stronger core help you add distance, but it can also help to avoid injuries down the road as you won’t have to compensate in other areas for your weak core muscles.
- Hands and forearms. While your body should do the majority of the work in terms of generating club head speed, your hands and forearms are still important. The release of the club through impact is done with the hands, and added strength in this area will promote more speed and a more stable impact position. Also, when you find your ball sitting down in some deep rough, having added strength in your hands can help to get the ball up and out of the thick grass.
- Upper legs. Both the front and back of your upper legs – the hamstrings and quadriceps – are important during the golf swing and can help you swing harder when strengthened. Your legs are the base of your swing, and improving your strength in this area is like building a stronger platform for the swing. When your legs are up to the task of supporting your rotation back and through, you will be free to swing harder while remaining on balance and in proper position. With strong upper legs, and improved condition in your hands and core, you will be on your way longer drives.