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Winter Golf Workouts For Junior Golfers

January 28, 2015

Winter Golf Workouts to Get Ready for the High School Golf Season

Given the fickle nature of Minnesota weather, training for the high school golf season can be difficult Winter Golf Workoutsto map out. The rules set forth by the Minnesota State High School League state that the start of practice for both boys golf and girls golf this year is March 16, but what kinds of exercises and drills can these young golfers do in February to get ready before the snow melts? We asked Interlachen Director of Instruction and Section member Luke Benoit for his offseason workout tips to get ready for the high school golf season.

Build Swing Speed

“My number one recommendation to almost all juniors is to pick up clubhead speed by simply swinging a club every day,” reports Luke. “No need to even hit balls, just swing as fast as you can! Twenty hard swings every day will help you build up clubhead speed quickly.” Benoit trains numerous high school and college golfers during the winter and tailors exercise plans based on the unique attributes of each individual person. Athletes who play other sports have different exercise needs than those that just play golf, for example.

Offseason Training

Benoit also likes to create custom training programs based on what a golfer’s game and swing need. “For instance, if you’re already pretty strong, it might make sense to work more on flexibility than strength,” he says. “If you’re skinny and flexible, then you probably need to start adding some serious strength to your frame.” Benoit says the best plan is to find a golf fitness instructor who can create a workout specifically for you.

Weight Work

In a general sense, Benoit recommends integrating full body weight exercise like planks, push-ups, pull-ups and medicine ball tosses into any training plan. He says more often than not, discipline to keep the routine going is the biggest problem for most junior golfers. “My recommendation is to start small with an accomplishable goal of 20-minute workouts 3-4 days per week,” he suggests. “If you can keep that up for a month and want more, find a fitness pro that can develop a customized plan and get serious about it.”

Benoit is also on the staff at the Minnesota Golf Academy in Eden Prairie, which offers group workout classes every Saturday to help make fitness fun. He says there are many such programs around the state – just ask your coach or local Section Professional for more information.

That’s advice that all of us can use as we get ready for the 2015 season.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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