There are plenty of misconceptions about golfers as athletes, primarily because so many people view golf as an activity for retirees and business executives. However, there is growing demand for physicality in golf and, as with all sports, strength is the basis for preliminary athletic improvement. In this article, Coach William Wayland discusses why and how to execute a strength and conditioning program for golfers.
A strong upper back isn’t just protection for athletes, it can also be a performance driver. Getting beyond the upper back work that is, by and large, bodybuilding and/or functional exercise, Coach William Wayland presents a selection of exercises he has found highly beneficial for purposeful upper back training.
The bench press isn’t going anywhere, and you should still include it as part of a well-balanced and nuanced training program. Coach William Wayland outlines some horizontal pressing variations that allow for an athlete-centric approach.
Reconciling the benefits of intensive squatting with athletes who have busy schedules and high training volumes can be tricky for coaches. However, with derivatives, clever rep schemes, and load manipulation, we can provide intensity, keep volumes appropriate, and minimize technical aberrations.
The push press improves limb speed and stability in the upper and lower body. It’s crucial for collision and combat athletes as well those in sports requiring high limb speeds like baseball and golf. While there are risks for some athletes, we should not abandon pressing for athletes who are capable of performing these movements.
Posterior chain strength is essential for sport athletes and its potential for load tolerance is enormous. We’ve searched for variations that allow us to achieve enough stimulus to produce adaptation and still allow athletes to accomplish what is most important, their sports training.
Bilateral hand-supported movements allow athletes to express intent and force development not attainable with heavy standard unilateral work. Coach Wayland explains how the hand-assisted safety bar split squat maximizes stress on the body during training, enhancing adaptations and ultimately maximizing performance.
Peak power performance plays a role in training for any sport, whether mixed martial arts, golf, or motorsports. In this Freelap Friday Five post, we talk to certified strength and conditioning specialist William Wayland, about the importance of the squat, peak power shifts, conquering the mental side of injuries, and more.