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3 Row Variations for Golfers

Rowing is a fundamental movement pattern that all humans (not just golfers) should be able to execute and load.

There are HUNDREDS of variations to choose from when you are looking to add some rowing to your training program, but I am going to share 3 of my favorites with you below!

Why athletes should ROW?

Muscular Development

First, rowing develops specific muscles of your body including:

  • Latissimus dorsi (lats)

  • Posterior shoulder complex (deltoids, rotator cuff, traps, rhomboids)

  • Biceps... 💪

  • Core (depending on the variation)

  • Wrists and forearms

  • Grip

All of these muscles play critical roles in all movement that we are taking on daily, and of course this includes your golf swing!

The lats specifically have been shown to be a crucial muscle in the development of clubhead speed. They help forcefully extend the shoulder joint (or move it from a lifted position to your side).

Joint Health

Secondly, rowing patterns will help keep the joints of your upper body happy and healthy.

The shoulder joint is a prominent injury spot for golfers... rotator cuff tears, labrum issues, dislocations/separations are all common in sport.

The most important way that we work to minimize the risks associated with these injuries is by training the joint through a full range of motion and LOADING it.