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The Tour Report

January 2 2013

10:40 AM

Fitness: Power training for the swing

By Sean Cochran, Special to PGATOUR.COM

Power development in the golf swing equates to increased swing speeds, ball speeds, and more carry on your shots. The process by which power is developed in the golf swing is two-fold.

One aspect of power is contingent upon the efficiency by which the mechanics of the golf swing are executed. More precision equals greater amounts of force transferred into the club head thus allowing increased swing speeds. Inefficiencies in executing the biomechanics, swing faults, and compensations patterns tend to create “energy leaks” thus reducing the amount of force generated within the biomechanics of the swing.

The second aspect of power production in golf is your body. If the body is able to produce greater amounts of force during the execution of the swing, the potential for increases in swing speeds exists.

The process of improving the power outputs of the body for the golf swing is contingent upon increasing both the force and speed aspects of the body. This requires a specialized type of training addressing both the muscular and neural systems of the body. Over time such training will increase the power outputs of body thus allowing the golfer the opportunity to generate more speed on the “physical side” of the golf swing equation.

When we talk about power development we look at increasing the speed outputs of the entire body as the golf swing is a total body athletic action. That being said, one area of focus is the lower body and generating increased ground reaction forces.

Plyometrics commonly referred to as jump training is a very good tool for the golfer to increase lower body power outputs and the ability to generate increased ground reaction forces.

Watch: Golf Fitness Box Jumps Power Exercise
As you can see from this YouTube video, the utilization of jump training is an ideal modality to increase lower body power 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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