Benefits of strength training for golf. By Laura Leuthke
No question there are amazing benefits to your body and mind from strength training and exercise. An added benefit of weight bearing exercise is that it increases bone density (especially great for women), and adds muscle mass- two things we slowly lose with age. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, there is more great news. You will hit the golf ball further, especially when you’re doing the correct exercises for golf. One of the best strength training exercises for your body and the golf swing is the deadlift. The deadlift is great because it engages multiple muscles in your body, improves and strengthens the hip hinge movement pattern (essential in the golf swing for maintaining posture through a shot), and requires power and acceleration from the ground up- all characteristics that are also found in good golf swings. To perform a deadlift properly start with very little weight until you master the movement. Bend from the hips and maintain a flat back, do not round your back. Keep your arms or weights as close to your body as possible throughout the lift, and squeeze your glutes at the top of the lift. Add deadlifts into your exercise routine and add distance to your game by improving power and strength!