Golf Article - 4 things you do for an advantage but could do better.

June 2, 2019


It’s well known that golfers will do just about anything to enhance their performance on the course. Almost everything is on the table if it will add extra metres or take a few strokes off the handicap but quite often while the intent is there the application could improved for increased results.


Buy a new $800 driver.


Spend that on a trainer to increase your ROM, upper body connection, posture, decreased injury rates, improved conditioning (read less capitulation on the back 9) & power output. Hitting the middle of the club face will do more for your distance and accuracy than the heel of a brand new driver. Set up, take away & impact are all affected by poor muscle control/strength. Conversely you could use that $ for golf lessons to improve your mechanics. Remembering that if you can’t move efficiently, a golf coach can only do so much before swing compensation will be required.


Swinging harder.


A higher club head speed has a correlation (r=.95) with a better handicap (Fradkin et al. 2004) Increasing your lower body strength and ability to produce force can result in a higher club head speed and while amateur golfers are anxious to replicate the techniques of professionals, they have a propensity to apply maximal force with insufficient swing mechanics resulting in increased injury rates. Stop trying to murder the ball and losing your shape, do some smart & specific gym work, this will improve your posture at impact, improving your contact point on the club face, combine this with the physical ability to produce more force and your distance will improve as a result.


Practice the same shot 50 times in a row.


Block practice being; hitting 50 chips from a flat lie to the same pin with the same club.

Random practice being; walking around the green with 5 balls and throwing them into different lies, different clubs & different pins. Change your training from block practice to random practice. According to Soderstrom & Bjork 2013, blocked practice leads to better performance during practice but a greater degree of learning results from random practice.


Add a warm up into your golf game. ⁃ make this a non negotiable.


Recreational golfers have a life time incidence injury rate of 57% - 62%. With the lower back being injured 36% of the time (McCarroll et al, 1990) However warming up for 10 minutes or more will decrease your risk of injury by 50% (Gosheger et al, 2003). Not only will have less chance of injury you’ll hit the ball further (studies have proved increases of club head speed of 15-22 mph & suggest up to 37m extra distance) Combine those 2 points & you have less chance of ruining your scorecard in the few holes it takes you to warm up. There is a hierarchy of warming up; do I expect recreational golfers to match PGA Professionals & get to the course 2 hours prior, do a full movement warm up and then a range warm up? No. However, getting to the course 20 minutes earlier & warm up properly is definitely possible & will improve your game significantly.

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