One of the big selling points of performance training for golf is the fact that getting stronger and more powerful will lead to more carry distance.
Longer drives off the tee box lead to more opportunities to handle your 8-iron, 9-iron, and pitching wedges. I don’t know about you, but I know my chances of making par or better are greater when I have a 9-iron approach shot over a 5-iron.
As you can see in this video, it’s nice to have an eagle putt instead of taking three shots to get to the great. Too bad we all can’t hit the ball like Kevin Tway.
Now, before we jump into the drills, we need to have an understanding of what power is and how can we develop it specifically for the golf swing.
Power comes down to the rate in which you can develop force. To simplify this, power is how fast can you move your body or an object from point A to point B.
This video explains how power is so specific to the movement you’re trying to execute as well as the drills you need to perform in order to achieve our desired goal - more distance off the tee.
Our view on power development simply comes down to the two focuses mentioned in the video - force exertion and force absorption.
If you can exert force at high rates but aren’t able to decelerate, or absorb said force, you’re more likely to injury yourself due to the stress applied to your joints. We need a healthy mixture of both in order to ensure we’re preparing our bodies to the best of our ability.