Most Important Muscle Groups for Adding Swing Speed | Swing Man Golf

By Paul Myers

Golf isn’t a sport that requires the same type of physical conditioning as, for example, football or basketball, but it can be a demanding game none the less. Making quality swings with enough swing speed time after time requires cooperation from a variety of muscle groups. The better conditioned your body is in as a whole, the easier it will be for you to make good swings with enough swing speed to hit the kind of shots you are looking for.

If you are committed to improving your game by adding swing speed and reaching levels you have not previously achieved, dedicating yourself to a better body is a great idea. Obviously, the benefits of fitness go well beyond the added swing speed and the fairways of the golf course, but using golf as motivation could be just what you need to get in better shape. When you do decide to hit the gym in an effort to make gains with your golf game, focusing on the muscle groups below should serve you well.

If you aren’t sure how to target these muscle groups in the gym in a golf swing specific way, there are explanations of what kinds of things you can do in the member area of Swing Man Golf…in addition to exercises for other key muscle groups.

Lower Back

The lower back area is one that gives trouble to many golfers, so adding strength and improving this area of your body through things like rack pulls could help you to stay on the course for many more years to come with capabilities of decent swing speed. Back problems are common amongst some golfers, and if you play the game long enough you may have at least minor trouble with this area at some point. While exercise won’t guarantee that you stay healthy in the lower back, it should help reduce your risk and possibly speed up recovery.

Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes, etc

The muscles in your legs help you to keep a solid base during the swing, and also are responsible for generating some power through impact, adding swing speed. Any weakness in either your quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, etc could show itself in the swing, and can make it difficult for you to hold your posture from start to finish with a decent amount of speed. Things like half squats, half leg curls, and half leg extensions are great for developing the golf swing.

Hands and Forearms

The muscles in your hands are forearms have a lot to say about how well you are able to control the club face through impact. Especially when playing from the rough, it is important to have the strength in your hands to keep the face square to your target and not let it get twisted up in the grass. Also, hand and forearm strength comes in handy when playing from bunkers where you need to create swing speed with a short swing and splash the ball up and out of the sand.

The returns in your golf game from improved fitness might not be seen immediately, but they should start to show over the long run. In addition to feeling good about being in better shape, you can also look forward to increased possibilities on the golf course (added swing speed etc.), knowing that your fitness will no longer be holding you back.

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