Strength and power training for golfers

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Barry Jones with Gil Stevenson

Golf has previously been viewed as a sport which requires little or no physical conditioning in order to be competitive at either the amateur or professional level. However, when examining the demands placed upon the body and the trends of injury, together with the mechanisms which cause them, within both the amateur and professional game, it is clear that physical training is required to prevent injury and also to enhance performance. This article aims to provide the strength and conditioning coach with a thorough analysis of the golf swing and also an indication of possible forces placed upon the athlete during the swing. This is followed by advice to the strength and conditioning coach on how to best prescribe strength and power training exercises in order to prevent injury and subsequently improve performance.

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