Strength and Conditioning for Golf
A Guide for Coaches and Players
The game of golf has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, with powerful, big-hitting players dominating at the elite level. With limitation and regulation of equipment being mandated by the R&A, players are increasingly looking to alternative options to increase their physicality to improve likelihood of winning. This is an area in which adding strength and conditioning training to a golfer’s training programme will help to benefit performance. However, many players and coaches lack confidence or knowledge to train with strength and conditioning techniques, which is where this book, focusing on strength and conditioning and its application in golf, will help.
Strength and Conditioning for Golf provides golfers and coaches with the evidence and practical suggestions to ensure that the choices they make about their training are informed and objective.
This new volume examines why strength and conditioning techniques and principles are important for modern golf, blending scientific principles with real-world, practical advice and tips. Strength and Conditioning for Golf is of interest to golfers and coaches of all levels, as well as being of interest to researchers, students and coaches in the fields of; strength and conditioning, fitness and training, performance analysis, skill acquisition and other related sport science disciplines.
Table of Contents
1. Strength Training for Golfers
Alex Bliss and David Brooks
2. Meeting a Golfer’s Needs: Needs Analysis, Profiling and Coaching Considerations in Strength and Conditioning
Ben Langdown and Jack Wells
3. Planning the Season
Alex Bliss and Ben Evans
4. Warming -up for Golf
Jack Wells and Ben Langdown
5. The Female Golfer
Emma Ross and Fiona Scott
6. The Junior Golfer
7. The Senior Golfer
Orlaith Buckley and Nicholas Jones
8. Elite Golfer
Simon Brearley, Dan Coughlan, and Alex Bliss
9. A Perspective on Injuries in Golf
Poora Singh and Alex Bliss
10. Transfer of Training- From Gym to Swing
Simon Brearley and Jamie North
11. Speed Training for Golf
Alex Ehlert and Alex Bliss
Alex Bliss is Associate Professor and Subject Lead for Strength and Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK. He has been a strength coach in golf for over 10 years and has supported amateur and professional players from European Tour, Challenge Tour, and within England Golf, where he is a regional S&C Coach for the South East. Alex is UKSCA- and BASES- accredited and has published research on training for golf and the determinants of golf performance.
"A key text within Golf academia, showcasing first-hand knowledge from an Industry expert which brilliantly encapsulates the significant changes within the game over recent decades. A must read for students and golfers alike."
Stuart Priestley, PGA Advanced Professional & Lecturer in Golf