Golf has often been said to be the most difficult of all the sports.
A little ball that doesn't move and you hit it with a variety of clubs? Sounds about right!
Well , if we adults can get frustrated with this game, why should the younger folks be any different? Since the golf swing is a functional discrete movement, it seems that it should be easy enough to understand and replicate. All that I have said so far probably has you shaking your head, especially if you like to buy stuff to improve!
“Well here is the good news, there is a lot of stuff on the movement improvement and conditioning side that you can buy too. The simplest and probably most cost effective would be the kettlebell! ”
Okay, stop scratching your head. If you have never used them, that's okay, they are safe , fun and effective for you and your junior golfer. Like all exercises that use weighted equipment, form is way more important than the actual amount.
KBs provide a dynamic workout for multiple muscle groups at once,(thus increasing endurance), and since swings and windmill movements mimic day to day movements, it makes the movements functional as well (kettlebell swings reinforce and create power though the core and hips, attributes desirable for our imagined 300 yard drives!).
Once again I reiterate, safety is key with strength training at any age.
Always remember, for our junior golfers, the primary purpose of strength training is to increase overall strength and condition of the body. This aids in minimizing injury and speeding up recovery too.
Now kids love them as they come in vinyl covered for safety and different colors. The handles make the 5 year olds' easily pick them up.
Now I personally don't advocate anything more than body weight until puberty has commenced, but I guess its a personal choice for a lot of coaches and different studies support introduction at 3! However, I do think ligaments and the like need to have a certain amount of general body movements and conditioning first, but, that will be another blog!