• Mike Hammond, CSCS, TPI

Gain 10 Yards Instead

I’ve heard it a hundred times from golfers: “I lose about 10 yards every year.” Most just chalk it up to “being old” and just accept it. They think that if it is happening to them, it is happening to everyone. But what if I told you that you could gain 10 yards instead next year?

Would you sign up right away? Do you imagine yourself playing like you did years before? Would you take your league by storm next season? Or would you not believe me and stick with your diminishing distance year after year?

Whatever you do, don’t stick with your diminishing distance. At the very least, maintaining your current ability to hit the ball is extremely easy and adding 10 yards instead isn’t much harder. What you are looking for is to maintain your power (see equation below).

Power = Force x Velocity

Force is the amount of energy you are putting into the ball or your strength. Velocity is how fast your nervous system can produce that force. If you increase force or velocity, just one of them, you will produce more power. While both muscle mass and how fast your nervous system works decrease with age, it’s more of a “use it or lose it” situation and not an inevitability.

Remaining active is the first key, but you have to do it the right way. Just going out and playing golf every day, or running, or any type of cardio, or following a strict diet aren’t going to help. None of those things help you build strength or speed up your nervous system. Build strength and speed up your nervous system, you have to lift weights. And you have to lift weights in a fashion will challenge your whole system. You can NOT just go around and hit every machine in the gym or only do curls and bench press (this will make you worse at golf).

Resistance training (weight lifting) builds more muscle mass and can be manipulated to encourage your body to build fast-twitch fibers that will help you on the velocity side of the power equation. What’s great about resistance training is that it doesn’t take a whole lot of work, you don’t have to workout until you can barely move, and the longer you maintain a program, the slower your results will go away if you stop training.

To learn more about how to GAIN 10 yards next year, reach out to Gateway Golf Performance and schedule a Golf Performance Evaluation.

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