How Plyometric Exercises For Golf Can Increase Golf Power
Plyometric exercises for golf are considered advanced training, but that doesn’t mean you can’t incoroporate them into your “in-home golf training program. The definition of plyometrics is a type of fast exercise in which the muscles are not allowed to fully contract after being extended, typically involving jumping and bouncing.
Now you may think…”what does this type of training have to do with my golf game?” …and that is a very good question. But please remember the golf swing is considered a power move that can send a golf ball up to 350 yards down the fairway (or into the woods).
So training your golf muscles for power isn’t a bad thing. But you’ve got to make sure you are doing it the right way to improve your golf swing not hurt it.
If your current level of fitness is average to below average, I would not recommend this type of training. It can put undo stress on your joints if your muscles are too weak to protect them. Easing into plyometric exercises for golf is a wise move.
Any explosive movements you do with resistance should be controlled and not at a high rate of speed to start out with. Try doing these exercises at 60% of your maximum speed to avoid injury and overtraining.
A typical example of a plyometric exercise is box jumps. This develops explosive power in the legs, which can equate to a powerful transition from the backswing into the downswing creating maximum power. You would stand on top of a 16-20 inch box, jump off it, and the second your feet hit the ground you would explode upward with all your might.
This is a very “fast twitch” movement that can deplete you very quickly. Again, this is just one example of a plyometric exercise you could use in your golf training. First, develop your level of fitness to support this type of training.