Most club golfers (and even a few professionals) still think they need to “bulk-up” and build the big muscles of the upper body in order to have the strength necessary to belt the ball a long way. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Bulking-up” – using heavy resistance exercises – can lead to hypertrophy and make it difficult to achieve certain swing positions. If muscle bulk is being built in the wrong areas for golf, it can have a disastrous affect on a golfer’s ability to sequence efficiently. This can restrict movement in the golfer’s body and cause imbalances in muscles that need to be balanced for effective weight transference. Significantly, it can impair a golfer’s “feel”.
Therefore, bicep curls, chest press, pec deck and overhead weights are completely the wrong exercises for golf. You should avoid them at all costs. If the weights are too big and the body can’t handle the pressure, the muscles will make compensations to perform the movement, which leads to a detrimental affect on the golf swing. Once in a while you may smash a ball 300-plus yards, but more often than not you’ll struggle for accuracy, control and consistency