Strengthening Your Golf Swing Muscles Will Greatly Improve Your Golf Game
Golf swing muscles? Is there such a thing? You didn’t think they were important or existed did you? But I’m sure when you’ve gone home after a round of golf with a sore back you were reminded very quickly, you do in fact have golf swing muscles.
Tip: Get golf shoes one size too big to allow for swelling in the heat and as you walk. If you buy shoes that are a perfect fit, you may end up being very uncomfortable towards the end of the game.
Having been a certified conditioning professional for over 20 years and the last 10 with golfers exclusively…I can tell you with one hundred percent confidence there is definitely a muscular component to the golf swing. And if the muscles have not been trained to work in a specific sequence, with minimal tension and maximum power, the expected results will not be achieved.
Tip: In order to get the most out of your golf swing, avoid being over-active with your legs. The legs help optimize weight distribution and provide power, but if you overinvolve your legs, the effect generated by the movement of your wrist during the swing will be lost.
What are the important muscles involved in the golf swing? There isn’t one or two of them. The body moves sequentially throughout the golf swing. But through research and years of training, I can say without a doubt that the muscles of your core are the most important. Followed by the hamstrings and glutes.
The rest of the muscle groups are supportive to the golf swing, which doesn’t mean they are any less important, just not as critical to improving power and consistency.
Let’s briefly break down your main golf swing muscles and their role in the golf swing.
Shoulders: Support the golf at the top of the swing and also add clubhead speed as an extension of the core.
Upper Back: Maintenance of spine angle for ease of turning on backswing and follow through.
Lower Back: Critical in maintaining of golf posture during the swing and even putting.
Glutes: Helps maintain flex in hips and also athletic, “golf squat” position for a powerful swing base.
Quadriceps: Allows for ease of maintaining consistent knee flex and golf posture for a repeatable swing.
Hamstrings: The KEY muscle group in producing an effective, optimal and repeatable golf posture for eighteen holes.
Core: The engine to the golf swing. Produces maximum power from the pivot. Stored energy from the torque created on the backswing, to unleash into impact.
Tip: Doing this will aid you in learning what stance is a good fit for you. It is important to have a proper golf stance, but there are different factors that can affect the stance, such as height or gender.
This is a very brief overview of your golf swing muscles. As you can see, if these muscles don’t have a higher level of both strength and flexibility, they will not allow you to achieve your true golf potential.
Hopefully you will be motivated to look into a golf conditioning program to strengthen these golf swing muscles.