3 STEPS TO DRIVE THE GOLF BALL FARTHER THAT DON'T HAVE TO DO WITH THE GOLF SWING
We often focus on 3 steps to improve your driving distance and maximize your potential. Follow these 3 steps to hit your drives farther and you’ll be well on your way to lower golf scores.
STEP 1: OPTIMIZE MOBILITY
The golf swing requires the body to move through a large range of motion at multiple joints at a high rate of speed. This repetitive motion requires a great deal of mobility and stability of your joints and flexibility of your muscles to achieve a consistent, powerful swing. If you are a golfer who works a 40+ hour per week desk job and often feels tight and stiff, working on mobility is the first major step to take to increase your distance. A lack of mobility in key areas can lead to suboptimal swing characteristics that drain power out of your golf swing.
Improving mobility has been shown to improve performance and can potentially decrease the amount of stress on certain areas of the body that the golf swing creates. Gaining mobility does not have to involve complicated drills that force your body into uncomfortable positions. In fact, we have found that low to moderate intensity mobility drills performed consistently over a period time can be effective.
While mobility of your hips and shoulder are super important, one area that has the biggest bang for the buck tends to be your thoracic spine. Any limitation in how well you spine rotates is going to limit your backswing and decrease the power of your golf swing.
STEP 2: BUILD STRENGTH
Strength training for golfers has been shown to improve performance metrics in golfers of all levels in previous research. A golfers routine should focus on building baseline strength through training the fundamental movement patterns such as the squat, hinge, push, pull, and lunge while also having more golf-specific components and core training. Getting stronger overall has been shown to have a significant correlation to club head speed. This increase in swing speed has been reported to show increases in driving distance of up to 4-5%, meaning golfers can increase their drives by 8-10 yards simply by getting stronger.
STEP 3: INCREASE POWER DEVELOPMENT
In the golf swing, power is developed through creating ground reaction forces with the lower body, transferred from the ground through the core, and dissipated with the arms as the club head accelerates to impact.
For optimal performance, this transfer of energy occurs in a specific sequence known as the kinematic sequence. An optimal transfer of energy through the kinematic sequence leads to less energy wasted and a maximal amount of energy transfer to the ball at impact, leading to higher club head speed and greater distance.
Power development has three major components: muscular strength , rate of force development , and the amount of force that can be developed at high velocities of movement. Golfers must have baseline strength to safely and efficiently transfer power (see step 2 above), and be able to move explosively through a rotational movement to develop large amounts of force at a high velocity to generate club head speed.
Golfers training, therefore, must incorporate exercises that are specific to the needs of the golf swing.
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