How amateurs can learn from the pros
It might be easy to view professionals, with all the time and money in the world, getting their physical training on point, but the everyday person can profit from the same training techniques.
When we look outside the professional game, the average golfer has gone from aged 48 to 62 years old over the last decade. So the average golfer is older, and older people lose muscle faster. To offset this, strength training can be a fantastic opportunity to make up the gap on your pals.
Resistance training also reduces the risk of repetitive strain injury in golf (which accounts for 80% of all golfing injuries). This leaves you with a simple decision – increase your injury risk and then pay for a physio, or pay for an S&C coach, stay fit, and perform better. Sorry physios, don’t send me the bill.
So it’s clear you can profit from some extra physical training, and obviously losing that ‘Corona gut’ is on the cards, but to smash the ball further than you ever have before, what will you have to train? Clearly, the answer is to ‘Happy Gilmore’ it and hope for the best, but if you want to keep your membership, Wayland has some alternatives.
Surprisingly, when training professionals, he limits the number of rotational exercises – obviously if you aren’t playing every day, this could still be an option. But most interestingly, and in my personal favourite part of the podcast, Wayland explains how vertical force production is crucial in swinging your club faster, and therefore driving the ball further.
“Vertical force production is probably one of the biggest predictors for club hit speed that there is,” Wayland said.