Improving Golf Performance with Med Ball Training
The benefits of medicine ball training go far beyond the gym and can be added to anyone’s fitness routine, especially someone looking for improved golf performance.
Through various exercises, medicine balls can elicit a response of increased strength, stamina, and coordination similar to that of lifting weights; however, unlike weights they can also benefit the user with increased power rarely achieved from weights alone. When throwing a medicine ball, the corresponding muscles contract and accelerate through the finish until the ball is released. That is contrasted with typical weight training where the muscles decelerate at the end of the lift. The acceleration carries over to the golf swing where it doesn’t ultimately matter how much force you have in your swing; it matters how well you convert that force into speed.
Titleist Performance Institute founder, Greg Rose, created a formula that predicts anyone’s maximum potential club head speed. His formula is calculated with the results of three exercises, two of which are medicine ball throws! The basic idea is that while strength and mobility are essential, it is only when you add the power component that you increase your ability to swing faster.
Power is precisely defined as (force x distance)/time. As your strength increases, your force increases. As you apply that force over a longer distance and/or more quickly, your power increases. Medicine ball training is perhaps the most effective and safest way to train for that power.
Improving Golf Performance with Med Ball Training, a two-session workshop that will be offered on February 6 and 13 at 4:00pm, will include many exercises to do just that: increase your power and ability to hit the ball farther. We will cover the basics of how and why to use medicine balls, technique, and hands-on practice in a challenging and interesting environment giving you all you need to include medicine ball training in your routine. The cost of the workshop is $30, and we ask those who are interested to call the Fitness Center at 495-1937 or stop by the Fitness Center to register for this event.