In-Season Training for Golf
This article was written by Dr. JP Guidry DPT, TPIIt is heating up here in South Louisiana and golf season is clearly upon us. One of the biggest mistakes I see golfers making is working hard in the off-season gaining strength, mobility, and speed, and just completely abandoning it once the clubs come out and the season starts.
This is a grave mistake in my opinion. You are essentially wasting away all the results and hard work you put in and in up having to start over the next winter.
Training during the golf season not only does not negatively affect your performance when done correctly but can help you continue to make gains and stay healthy throughout the course of the season.
Therefore, you can play as much golf as you want without limitation and continue to hit bombs all season long.
Today I am going to talk a little about the proper way to go about in-season training because it will be a little different in the off-season regardless of your level or goals.
Maintain Intensity but Decrease VolumeWhen it comes to in-season training, we still want to lift heavy and move fast but we do not want to do as much volume of work.
What this could mean is fewer workouts per week, fewer sets and reps per workout, and leaving a few reps in the tank within each set not maxing out for any set.We will be focusing more of that volume towards speed over heavy lifting but still including both.We still want to maintain the intensity level of each workout, exercise, set, and rep but because we are ramping up swings through practice and play, we want to decrease the volume of work done in the gym.
One main goal for in-season training is to maintain and if possible, continue to build strength and speed therefore heavy strength training, power training through jumps and throws and max speed swing training are still all keys to in-season training.We want to train hard but need to recover well enough.
Shore up any Injured AreasThe goal is to come off the offseason injury free and feeling good. But for those of you dealing when any injuries or physical limitations we ant to make sure we focus on these areas to get and keep you healthy and pain-free allowing you to play and practice as much as you want.This is where a proper assessment may come in to help determine those areas of need and put together a plan that works for you.
Never take away from your ability to practice or play (Rep management and Recovery)We want o to make sure we are focusing on quality over quantity both in the gym and on the range. We also need to understand that all physical activity we do, stress, sleep, and nutrition all can have an effect on our physical and mental abilities. Therefore, we need to make sure we are doing our best to optimize those areas.
We also need to make sure that nothing we do in the gym takes away from our ability to practice and play. Skill development in golf will always be king, therefore the more time we spend with a club in our hand the less time we need to put in the gym. We need to make sure you can recover from any workouts that you perform allowing you to practice, play, and compete without limitation. If you are a tournament golfer, then you will need to balance tournament weeks and training around that as well.
Below is a video I did summarizing this and hitting some more details if you are interested.
Lastly, if you are looking for help with improving distance and swing speed, playing without pain, improving your longevity in the game, and getting in better shape I offer in person swing and body assessments as well as in-person and online coaching programs individually designed to help you reach your goals.
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Get Strong. Hit Bombs. Play ForeverDr. JP Guidry DPT TPI