Wondering how to stay in shape during your off-season? We found this article below that includes winter workout tips to improve your game.
During the golf season my gym membership doesn’t get much use. I might be lucky to find time to get there once a week; that’s just the nature of the job. But the off-season is a different story as I’ll be in the gym 5 to 6, sometimes 7 days a week. I love lifting weights, so it is the perfect time to start a new strength training program as I don’t play much golf during the winter and any added strain to my muscles doesn’t affect my game.
In terms of my routine, I can get bored quickly. I need to constantly mix up my activities to keep me engaged and off my butt and into the gym. I’ve done straight cardio, weight lifting, circuit training, boxercise, yoga, plyometrics and high intensity training or “supersets”.
My goal has never to been to increase the yardage of my drives, although that can be a nice by-product, but rather to become more stable throughout my swing. Over the years I have discovered the stronger I am, the more control I have of the club and body throughout my swing resulting in more consistently struck shots. Increased consistency usual equals better scores. Now, when I say stronger, I don’t mean bigger. Being a naturally bigger, muscular individual, this can be a challenge for me not to get too bulky. I try to work on improving total body, balanced strength, while focusing on core strength and flexibility.
No matter my current routine I keep two things consistent that have helped my golf game; foam rolling and kettle-bell swings.
Foam rolling has done wonders for not only my flexibility but also aids in faster muscle recovery after a strength training session and injury prevention. Below are a couple great videos that demonstrate effective foam rolling routines: