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May 10 2012

1:54 PM

Golf fitness: Sequencing for speed

By Sean Cochran, Golf Fitness An integral component in the golf swing is the development of speed into the impact position. In order for the golfer to achieve maximum speed generation in the golf swing a number of components must be present. First and foremost execution of the biomechanics of the swing must be refined. This allows for each phase of the swing to be performed in the correct sequence with precise timing. Developing this efficiency within the swing allows the golfer to develop and transfer speed in a very efficient manner to the impact position. Secondly, equipment will be a determining factor in speed development. Matching the correct equipment for optimal launch characteristics will inevitably affect swing speeds and ball speeds. Thus allowing for the golfer to maximize the speed they generate in the swing. The final component of speed generation is the body. In order to execute the golf swing in an efficient manner, the body must have the required levels of joint mobility, segmental stability, muscular flexibility, strength, and power. If the body is lacking in any of the aforementioned physical components, the ability to execute the biomechanics of the swing will most likely be hindered, thus resulting in an inability to achieve maximum speed development. For example, in the downswing speed generation is initiated by the lower body via ground reaction forces. The speed initially generated by the lower body is transferred to the hips and core as the swing progresses. Additional speed is then added by the core and again transferred to the upper body. This process of speed addition and transfer continues to the club at the impact position. If the golfer has physical limitations, the ability to both generate and transfer speed becomes limited. This results in what is termed “energy leaks” within the biomechanics of the swing. To limit “energy links,” develop the required physical parameters for the golf swing, and maximize speed generation on the physical side of the equation, the golfer can implement a series of golf specific fitness exercises. Such exercises develop the body around the requirements of the golf swing. An example of a golf specific fitness exercise is Rip Trainer Impacts. This is a very conducive exercise for the golf swing as it is very cross-specific to the movement patterns of the swing. In addition this exercise develops the strength and power components of the kinetic chain (i.e. body). To learn more about Sean Cochran and his golf fitness training exercises and golf fitness programs go to http://www.seancochran.com
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