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February 6 2013

9:30 AM

Fitness: Foundational strength for speed

By Sean Cochran, Golf Fitness

Speed is a major component of the golf swing and increasing swing speeds pay huge dividends for any golfer. Looking at the processes by which we can increase the power outputs of the body it is necessary to first understand the underlying components of speed.

The basic equation for power is force times velocity. That said, increasing the amount of force and the rate of force production will create improvements in the speed at which athletic actions are performed by the body.

The first step in power development is improving the force outputs of the muscle system. Research indicates when the muscle system has the ability to generate higher levels of force, the power outputs of the body will subsequently improve.

The initial step for a golfer to have increasing swing speeds on the “physical side” of the equation is to develop higher levels of force outputs from the muscle system. The process by which the golfer can achieve this goal is through resistance training.

Resistance training is the process of loading the muscle system above and beyond its normal capacities. Over time this will result in the body getting stronger. Overloading the body is achieved with a number of different training tools -- dumbbells, medicine balls, cable systems and exercise tubing.

The golf swing is a “feet to fingertips” athletic action incorporating the entire muscle system. When the goal is to increase the force outputs of the body it is necessary to utilize exercises integrating the entire kinetic chain (i.e. body). These types of modalities are typically multi-joint exercises. An example of this type of exercise is the dumbbell squat to shoulder press.

Golf Fitness Total Body Exercise

As this video illustrates, multi-joint exercises training the body “feet to fingertips” are ideal for improving the force outputs of the muscle system for the golf swing.

 

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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