The number one request I get from golfers is “How do I hit the ball farther?”
To better understand how to increase power, let’s first define power. Power = Force x Velocity
To develop power in a golfer, first we must understand where the power leaks are in the player’s body or swing and maximize these areas.
Below is a Test For Power Leaks
Each of these tests should be done with another person to help you measure the distance.
Strength training increases muscular endurance, however power training makes you more explosive.
Here is an example of a Power Testing Screen (Using a medicine ball 5% of your body weight)
1. Seated Chest Pass – a measure of upper body and core power Sit-Up and Throw – a measure of core power
2. Vertical Jump – a measure of leg and core power
3. Baseline Shotput – a measure of total body power
Global Power Comparison Male: Chest Pass – 18-22’
Female: Chest Pass – 16-19’
Sit Up & Throw – 18-22”
Sit Up & Throw 16-19’
Vertical Jump – 18-22”
Vertical Jump – 16-19”
Baseline Shotput – No Asymmetry Baseline Shotput – No Asymmetry -
You should notice the magic number by now – 18-22. The first three tests should be exactly the same numbers. If one test is much lower than the other two, it is the weakest link.
It's easy to understand why your workout should not only involve strength training—but power training, too. You need strength to swing the club correctly and the power to do it quickly.
Article by, Sidney Silver: TPI Golf Medical & Golf Fitness expert. www.SilverSportsTherapy.com (415) 932-6775