Train Like an Athlete for Golf!

The 2016 and 2017 U.S. Open Champions Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson are part of a new generation of golfers who spend almost as much time in the gym as they do on the course. They days of questioning whether golfers are athletes are over. If you’re a duffer who’s not ready to work out like a traditional athlete, you’re not going to win any tournaments.

Johnson and Koepka both train at a high level of intensity with trainer Joey Diosalvi, whom they call Joey D. They use many of my favorite training techniques and equipments, like TRX suspension bands, medicine balls, tubing, and bodyweight exercises. I have been following Joey D’s work for some time, and try to learn as much from him as I can. Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson train together and they train relentlessly. Most of their workouts focus on total-body integration and core strength. They don’t use weight machines, since golf (like life) relies so much on the subtle strength of support muscle groups, not just the major ones that machines work. They incorporate suspension bands into their pushups and go paddleboarding to increase their balance. You have to work out to be strong enough to hit the ball far, and the precision you need to hit the ball straight also comes from exercise.

Winning the U.S. Open is not every golfer’s list of priorities, and certainly spending hours a day in the gym isn’t either, but I can help you get to a scaled-down version of either of those goals–whether it’s just dropping a few strokes off your game or winning a club tournament. The point is, your golf goals and your fitness goals are not separate. In order to golf better, you need to use your body more efficiently. Through my functional golf fitness program, I can help you learn how to do that.

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