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Pack It On

Bigger muscles won't ruin your golf game

July 2012

Golfers often say they're hesitant to hit the weights too hard because they're afraid of bulking up, becoming inflexible and screwing up their golf swing. But Mike Boyle, one of the most respected strength trainers in the world, says that's nonsense. "Not working out because you might get too strong is like not reading because you might get too smart," Boyle says. "It's not something to worry about." Boyle isn't suggesting that you add Olympic-style power lifts to your workout, but he does believe the biggest part of your fitness regimen should focus on improving your strength. Stronger muscles, he says, help protect joints and enhance, not hinder, flexibility. The more stable your body is, the more range of motion you'll have. Boyle recommends a push exercise, a lower-body exercise, a core exercise and a pull exercise. Here are four to try.

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ASK @RONKASPRISKE of @golfdigestmag

Our Fitness Editor, Ron Kaspriske, responds to recent Twitter questions using 140 characters or less.

Q: Know the best way to increase hip flexibility and strength?
@Jeff_Dobson280

A: Use resistance tubing/bands to perform various internal and external hip-rotation exercises. And do reverse lunges.

Q: What's more crucial to a powerful swing, the core or your legs?
@wstanton23

A: They both are important, but when it comes to providing power, the big muscles of the legs (including the glutes) are your car's engine.

Q: This is a bit of a long shot, but is there any way that strengthening my wrists will stop pitching/chipping yips?
@hugh_oreilly

A: Forget your wrists. You're probably squeezing too tight. Focus on your hips/quads to create better body rotation.

Q: I have trouble concentrating when I have an early tee time. Any suggestions to help improve my focus for morning rounds?
@thelovelyalison
A: Eight hours of sleep is a must. But you should also eat eggs. They are loaded with a nutrient called choline, which improves brain function.

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