Long drive golf exercises can add up to 30 yards to your drives in a very short amount of time. It’s quite obvious to hit long golf drives you need to have power. Power is the equivalent of both strength and flexibility specific to your golf swing.
The key to implementing long drive golf exercises is to look at the main movement in your golf swing.
What is it?
Is it a lateral movement (side-to-side)? Is it a vertical movement (up and down)? I’ll stop the “twenty questions” and cut to the chase.
It’s a ROTATIONAL movement!
Golf is rotational! You make a backswing (rotate). And you make a downswing (rotate).
If this is the case…what strength and flexibility exercises should be done to maximize your long drives?
You guessed it – ROTATIONAL exercises!
Tip: Check the club head – before you buy a used golf club! An overused club will have a shiny spot on the head. If the club is overly worn, it will not produce the desired results as it comes into contact with the ball.
You don’t need to go to a gym and sweat for 2 hours a day. You don’t even need to spend much on equipment. All you need is you, a couple of pieces of affordable golf exercise equipment and a little creativity.
Tip: Make a friendly wager the next time you play a game of golf. Whether it is lunch or drinks, competing for more than just the best score will get everyone more excited about the game.
There are dozens and dozens of rotational strength and flexibility exercises you can do right in your home or office that will reap HUGE dividends on the course. In my 350 page Ultimate Golf Fitness Manual, I have pages and pages of these strength and stretching exercises for long drives.
Tip: Regardless of whether you are in a rush to make your tee time, try to squeeze in a few shots at the range before heading to the first tee. Those practice shots will help you get your game warmed up and you will play better.
I’m a firm believer in working the “total package” in regards to exercising all the major golf muscles in your body. Every golfer is different, and has unique needs (limitations) that should be addressed.
The major muscles involved with long drive golf exercises are the core muscles (first-and-foremost), the hamstrings, glutes and lower back muscles.
Tip: Stand a few feet behind the ball and locate where you’re going to send it prior to addressing it. Factor in conditions like wind at this time.
The secondary (support) muscles for incorporating long drive golf exercises are the shoulder rotators, forearms (wrists), upper back (lats), and the hip girdle. These muscles are “icing-on-the-cake” muscles in regards to hitting power golf drives every time you step on the tee box.
This is not rocket-science, but you do need to make sure you are doing the correct exercises that will give you the biggest return on your investment.
I hope you have a better, initial understanding of long drive golf exercises.
Golf exercises are viewed by the majority of golfers as “work”. That is why it is so difficult to convince golfers that golf exercises can be fun and don’t have to wipe you out physically.
Tip: Before beginning your round of golf, note the ball that you are using, and inform the members of your group of the ball’s brand name and number. This way, you always know which ball is yours and do not accidentally play the wrong ball, which can lead to a loss of a stroke.
I’ve worked with many golfers in person and with my online golf performance sites, who were shocked to realize how much fun and motivating golf exercises can be.
Tip: It doesn’t matter if you are a golf novice or seasoned pro, you will hit sand traps and bunkers from time to time. Hacking your way out of these situations can make a mess.
Don’t picture going into a sweaty, smelly gym and lifting god-awful weights. No…picture doing golf exercises that mimic your golf swing and have a direct impact on your power, accuracy and consistency.
This new outlook will be a huge motivating factor in the success of your golf exercise program. When you envision the end result, it makes it all worthwhile.
It’s also a double benefit!
Tip: Look for the “sweet spot” of your golf club. This refers to a point on the club that should be ideally meeting the ball for the most accuracy and speed.
Doing golf exercises that closely mimic your golf swing, will not only improve the strength and flexibility of your golf swing quickly, but reinforce your swing technique off the course. This double benefit will transform your game.
Get ready for powerful drives, accurate approach shots, and scores that will plummet.
Tip: You need to get as much practice as you can swinging your golf club. If you can get a simulation machine or borrow one, use it to help you practice.
Golf exercises can be done with very affordable and portable equipment saving you time, money and convenience. The thought of going to a gym; or having to join a gym to get started will keep you from starting indefinitely.
Tip: You don’t need a golf cart on the course when you can walk instead. This helps you get much more exercise so that you can improve your health.
Your golf exercises can be done in your home, office or even a hotel room with exercise tubing, a pair of handweights, and maybe a stability ball if you want to get a little more creative.
Tip: While golf may be a relaxed sport, it is of utmost importance to understand what is happening around you at all times during your round. Be ready for your shot when your turn comes up.
They are not golf exercises if they are on a machine (especially seated ones). How can a seated machine help your golf swing, when your golf swing is done on your feet, in a very dynamic position require timing, sequence of motion, and stability to name a few?
Tip: A good tip to improve your golf swing is to use your whole body for power. Beginners often mistakenly think that arms provide the power in the stroke, but using the arms alone makes for an clumsy, weak swing.
So next time your golfing buddy says he’s doing golf exercises, ask him (her) what they’re doing specifically. If he/she says they go to the gym and use the machines, you won’t have to say anymore.
Fueled with the above, affordable equipment you are ready to embark on your golf exercises.
Exercises for golfers may seem like an oxymoron, but I’m here to tell they are most definitely not. Golf is physical! Golf causes injury! Golf can very easily break down the body! To hit the ball maximum distance, your body has to have a higher level of golf specific strength and flexibility.
The above statements are fact.
Tip: Graphite shafts are no longer considered optimal for just your driver. Take a moment and look around for the newer shafts available in the market.
To play your best golf you need to implement exercises for golfers as soon as possible. The sooner you start, the sooner you will see results on the course.
So what’s the difference between going to the gym and plopping down on machines and doing exercises for golfers?
First off…do you sit when you play golf?
Then why would you sit in a “controlled” machine thinking it will improve your golf?
Golf is “on your feet” and in a dynamic position (golf posture).
Tip: If you take the time to practice, you can keep yourself from making common errors like slicing. When you slice a ball, the face of your club hits the ball incorrectly, and the ball curves off to the right.
Because the demands for golf are so unique, you need to approach your golf improvement from a different angle than just going into a gym and thinking it will help your golf game.
Exercises for golfers doesn’t just mean strength exercises. You’ve got to do golf stretching exercises as well.
Tip: You must learn a correct grip as soon as you begin playing golf. Quite a few people correlate a hard grip with being able to hit a ball further.
Whenever I hear a golfer say he/she needs to stretch more…my first thought is “they are missing the boat”. Golf stretching without golf exercise is not permanent flexibility.
Here’s an example for you.
Stretch a rubber band. Now stretch it more and more. What happens to the rubber band? It gets brittle and eventually breaks.
Picture your muscles just like that rubber band.
The winning combination is golf exercise and golf stretching . This will give you the best results.
When putting together your exercises for golfers program, take a look at the body position required to make a mechanically sound swing.
Once you realize this dynamic and very unique position, you can do golf exercises specific to this position.
Things to remember.
Tip: When you are warming up on the driving range, always start out with a lofted iron such as an 8-iron, 9-iron, or pitching wedge. Using these types of clubs help you develop your confidence and your groove in preparation for using more difficult clubs, such as woods and irons.
• Do the majority of your golf exercises on your feet.
• Do them in your golf posture if at all possible.
• Keep your knees flexed, just like your golf swing.
• Do as many rotational exercises as possible.
• Make sure to do the follow through side of the swing.
• Do a high enough repetition to promote golf muscular endurance.
Tip: It’s always best to walk the golf course, instead of using a golf cart to get around. You’ll get an excellent workout as you complete the course, and golfing can truly become an effective part of your physical fitness routine.
Exercises for golfers can be fun and keep you motivated to stick with your program. Adherence is the main culprit for lack of results. Like any fitness or weight loss program, if you don’t do it consistently you won’t see the results.
Tip: You will eventually find the best stance for you. It is so crucial for you to have a stance that works well with your individual build and style, but also accomplishes a good swing while allowing for precision.
Staying motivated by picturing the “end-result” on the course will be a huge help. Envision you on that first tee a more powerful and fit golfer. Picture blasting your drives by all your playing partners. And lastly, paint a strong visual of you having the lowest score consistently when you play in your normal golf groups.
I hope you now have a better understanding of exercises for golfers.