Like all recreational and professional sports and activities, golf requires a combination of flexibility and strength. So if you really want to sharpen your game, your regular workouts here at the PJCC should include exercises that target those key areas of fitness. Below, I’ve shared some of the exercises that can help you improve your swing—and, hopefully, your overall performance.
Below, I’ve shared several of my favorite exercises for golfers. To see these exercises in action, watch the video below!
Cable woodchops: This is a complete exercise that simulates your golf swing while working your upper and lower body, as well as the forearms and the wrists.
Sandbag pull-throughs in plank position: The sandbag adds a challenge to your standard core-working plank exercise. It works those important shoulder and back muscles at the same time. By linking the core-strengthening activity of the plank with the rotation involved in pulling the sandbag, you’re creating a “power move” that develops the key muscles that improve your game.
Kneeling cable rotations: Work on the power of your shot as you strengthen many of the key muscles involved in your swing: shoulders, back, and core.
Squats: Squats help develop leg strength to help drive the ball. To continuously strengthen those muscles, progressively work up to deadlifts and single leg deadlifts using weights.
Glute bridges: Stabilize the muscles in your lower body to reduce strain and keep your hip flexors and core muscles strong.
Side step ups: Maintaining the upward movement of this exercises really engages your core and quad strength.
Forward lunges with a medicine ball twist: Stabilize and strengthen your core. Moving back and forth also engages your hand-eye coordination.
Herman Chan is a Certified Personal Trainer and Level 1 Nutrition Coach here at the PJCC. He’s also a sport-specific specialist and is a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist for Pink Power @ the PJCC.
As a reminder, always consult with your physician prior to starting a workout regimen. Need guidance as you work on developing proper technique and form? Our Certified Personal Trainers are here for you! To learn more about working with Herman or any of our Certified Personal Trainers, contact Vicki McGrath, our Wellness Director, for more information.