Comprehensive Golf Exercise Program

 

Golf Stretches and Exercises

 

Interview with PGA TOUR Player J.L. Lewis

 

January 2010

 

Q: Have you had a golf exercise routine for long?

 

A: I played basketball, football and golf beginning at age six, and have been working out using various programs for 45 years. I have settled into a golf exercise and stretching program that provides strength, stamina, and flexibility to all areas of the body.

 

Q: What do you find is important when designing a workout program?

 

A: It is important to have variety and balance so that one area of the body does not surpass other areas of the body in development. I have learned from experience that I need to be careful not to overbuild my pectoral muscles and shoulders which can impede my golf swing and cause scoring problems. For this reason I do upper body, abs, and a lower body workout, as well as golf stretching and yoga exercises. 

 

Q: What is the key to long term success on the golf course?

 

A: The most important attribute a golfer can have is longevity.  I know from personal experience injuries can greatly alter a career. Throughout the history of golf a handfull of players stand out in the durability category. Sam Snead, Gary player, Hale Irwin, Tom kite, Jay Haas, Bernard Langer, and Tom Jenkins have all played extremely well into their 50's and beyond. All of these players have stayed in good physical condition and maintained their weight their entire careers. There is no doubt that staying in shape is essential for long term success on the golf course. All of these players have workout routines and monitor what they eat to help keep fit. For people who want to play good golf for as long as they can the key is to stay strong, flexible, and at the correct weight.

 

Q: Describe your exercise routine.

 

A: My sample workout routine is:

Monday: Upper body strength training, active stretching
Tuesday: 20 minute yoga routine, 20 to 40 minutes of aerobics
Wednesday: Lower body and abdominal strength training,
active stretching
Thursday: 20 minute yoga routine, 20 to 40 minutes of aerobics
Friday: Upper body strength training, active stretching
Saturday: 20 minute yoga routine, 20 to 40 minutes of aerobics

Sunday: Lower body and abdominal strength training,
active stretching

The key to this golf exercise workout is variety to get the maximum gain from the routine. Taking a day off periodically enhances my performance. 

 

 

To view a more detailed sample of J.L.'s golf exercise program, visit JLLewisGolf.com.

 

 

January edition of News from J.L. Sports, LLC

PGA TOUR Player J.L. Lewis