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  • Chris Hall

Principles of Training

The principle of dynamic organisation applies to any complex motor act and applies to the golf swing irrespective of the technique and style.

The demand to produce significant force over a short period of time requires a kinesiological pattern which is formed through training and practise programmes to produce a repetitive system which, equally, is able to adjust to the variety of required golf skills.

The sum of force from internal, external and reactive strength during the swing, impact on the outcome and therefore training protocols. The motor patterns and range of motion of an established or elite player can easily be interrupted and as all golfers know, form is difficult to retain but easy to loose, therefore understanding the starting point prior to training is essential.

If you don't test and assess, any forthcoming training programme will be based around a "best guess' philosophy, which, could easily fail to produce unwanted results. Historically, I have spent numerous winters involved in hard training, only to find out that I had not strengthened my golf skills.

The new way to train involves regular assessments to ensure progression. Strength overloads can be monitored and focused on areas to produce the targeted outcome and training times can be optimised. Golf swings don't change, physical ranges and strengths do and this is what impacts on the performance of the player. Hitting balls for a number of hours or throwing iron around in a gym will all impact on the range of movements throughout the body. The key is do you know what has changed?, do you know how to stabilise change? and do you know what impact that is going to have on you long term?. If its not beneficial you've just wasted your time.

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