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A Golfer and a Linebacker Walk into a Bar...

And by bar, I mean a barbell... ha, get it?

It'll make sense in a bit...




Golf training has a lot of things wrong.

Golf training has a lot of things correct.

Football training has a lot of things wrong.

Football training has a lot of things right.

When I talk about “golf training,” or "football training" I am talking about everything involved in the process of preparing and improving your performance. Therefore, golf training includes:

  1. Range practice

  2. On-the course practice

  3. Strength and development

  4. Speed training

  5. Mental training or visualization

  6. Course preparation




Currently, from this list, where do most golfers prioritize their training time?

Probably 1 and 2.

AND, I don’t think this should change!

No doubt, our priority in training should be directed at actually playing the sport. But how many of the remaining four do golfers work into their training? Maybe half of one of them.

This is the issue.

Football vs. Golf

I’ve had the fortunate experience to work in the training world with two distinctly different sports - football and golf.

Strength training has been a part of the football world for decades. It is an integral part of their overall training… to a fault in my opinion.

Strength training has NOT been a part of the golf world for very long. It has yet to truly develop as an integral part of golfer’s overall training… to a fault in my opinion.

Let me elaborate here…

Football athletes spend almost the entirety of their off-season in the weight room. They get stronger, gain mass, and grow their physical outputs for 8 months of the year.

Of course, a good football training program will also make use of on-field training promoting increases in speed, agility, and motor problem solving - but my point is, football athletes spend a TON of time focusing on developing their physical outputs, separate from actually playing the sport.

They very rarely touch a football for 6 months of the year!

Golfers, on the other hand, spend very little time within the confines of the weight room, or developing their physical outputs. Most of their training takes place on the range, on the course, and with a club in their hand.

They probably don't go more than a couple weeks without a club in their hand... at most!

If we are going to guess percentages here, I would say a football athlete spends ~75% of their overall training focused on developing larger physical outputs. Most golfers spend about ~15%.

In my opinion, the football guys % is way too high. The golfers is way too low.

I think both sports would benefit greatly from navigating the grey area and finding a happy medium.

For the golfer…

Spend a little more time in the weight room, developing your physical outputs in order to bring them onto the course.

For the Linebacker…

Spend a little less time in the weight room and more actually playing your sport, learning the intricacies of succeeding on the field.

Of course, these are assumptions and averages based on what I’ve seen in my experiences. Any individual will find themselves more or less on varying points of this spectrum.

Find balance.

Find the middle.

Find your greatest success.

Let’s go low.




Carter Schmitz, CSCS, TPI







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