Originally Posted by jbartho5
I played baseball in college my first time around, and picked up golf once baseball injuries ended my career... The cool thing about baseball and golf is that they both demand applying strength throughout a wide range of motion; the key is the balance of strength and flexibility.
Say, as opposed to football, there is more demand for explosive strength and linear/lateral speed. (a running back is so musclebound that he can't really swing a club with a decent range of motion).
A really good book that you could buy on amazon for 5$ is called Core Performance by Mark Verstegen. It uses the idea that athletic strength should be founded on the core rectangle which is the torso and it's four corners (two hip joints and two
Shoulder joints). My first degree was in exercise physiology and I trained a lot of athletes before going back into nursing and a lot of my clients loved the book. There is even a golf version of the book Mark designed specifically for golfers.
100% agree with this. I started stretching after I work out more often, I can now touch my toes doing a hamstring stretch, Oh Yea!!! Core Performance is OK, I own the book. I recommend the rehabilitation section with the foam roller stuff. I did that the first time and caused my whole spine to pop from tailbone to upper back. Great for relaxing. If you want a deep massage, go use a tennis ball.
If I had to isolate and name areas that people need to exercise at its the hips.
Gluts for power
Hamstrings to maintain proper posture through out the swing
Hip abductors and adductors for rotational stability and power
Abdominal for proper posture and rotational power
Quads for stability and power
What I do now is a one leg dead lift. I don't use weights for this. I just basically keeping my back in neutral and my core solid, i will bend over at the waist. My leg not on the ground will keep straight. I try to maintain a straight posture from head to leg the whole way. I just balance on my one leg. So I really work the whole leg I am balancing on. I can really feel it in the hamstring, the gluts, and the smaller muscles. I can really tell my left leg is not as balanced as my right.