Last time I talked about how deadlifting reinforces proper swing mechanics by focusing on hips first. I also talked about how increasing your maximum deadlift weight will have the largest effect on distance because strength in the hips directly translates into power in your swing.
I can always spot the golfers at the gym because they are the ones lined up for the oblique twister machines and doing cable rotations until they can’t lift their arms. I’ll tell you a secret: they are wasting their time.
I was recently talking with an aspiring pro golfer (we’ll call her Sarah) about a swing coach she had worked with (we’ll call him Peter). Sarah started working with Peter because she heard he was very good, and he is. Peter works with some of the best women’s golfers in the world. Sarah told me she went to Peter in order to get more distance on her drivers and irons. She told me, “Peter gave me a very beautiful swing, perfect. But I didn’t get any extra distance so I stopped working with him.” Her statement made me start to analyze the role of a swing coach (Peter) vs. the role of a fitness professional (me) a little more.
In order to illustrate the importance of proper movement screening and exercise progression, and the immediate impact they will have on your game, I’m going to compare two of my professional golf clients’ stories. Both of these clients were actually having the same miss (to the right), however, the causes were very different.