Training Troubles: Flexibility Training

By | April 7, 2014

Hogan was able to maintain exceptional flexibility throughout his career.

Hogan was able to maintain exceptional flexibility throughout his career.

More important than Tiger’s excessive strength training is the relative deficiency in his flexibility training. What made Hogan and Snead great was not their strength, but their flexibility. The exceptional flexibility allowed them to take a longer swing giving them more time to accelerate the club. This gave them more power, more control and with less strain on their backs. At Schlesinger Pain Centers we use a 2 for one rule to keep flexibility and strength balanced. That means for every hour of strength training our patients do, we encourage 2 hours of yoga or other flexibility training. I feel that this is even more important for golfers than for other people because of the strong shearing forces, which the spinal rotation in the golf swing produces. If we go back to the videos that we looked at before you can see that Tiger’s swing has gotten shorter over the years at the same time that his upper body muscle mass increased. I’m sure that Tiger thought that he was doing the right thing by working out in the gym, but perhaps in the future he should have a fitness coach as well as a swing coach.


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