We're often asked how we train our junior players to develop swing speed. While a bit more complex, the concept is the same: develop strength, coordination, and explosive power.
Building Stability through Motion
When working with juniors, we don't want to overload them with weight training. Instead, our goal is to help them develop speed and timing throughout their swing. It's stability through motion that helps them create more swing speed.
While we try to avoid using too much weight, it's still important for junior players to build up their hip strength. Without hip strength, they can't develop the balance they need to create speed and velocity in the first place.
In the video below, Coach Noss shares two simple exercises that can help junior players develop strength, coordination, and explosive power: the medicine ball throw and the Bulgarian split squat. All you'll need is a soft-shell medicine ball and a space to work.
Every player develops at a different pace so before you get started, talk with your junior to determine the best weight for them to be training with and the proper number of repetitions for each exercise.
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With over 70 combined years of Tour experience and hundreds of Tour victories, Coach Joey D, Coach K-Wayne Tullier, and Coach Christopher Noss are the best golf strength, conditioning, and biomechanics coaches in the sport. They've worked with players of all ages and skill levels and they know what it takes to get your juniors playing their best.