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GOLFERS... Train Like the Athletes You ARE - Here's HOW

I get the opportunity to work with athletes from many sports, not just golf.

One thing I have learned over time is that the training we complete is going to be MORE similar across sports THAN different.

I'm going to show you some large themes in my athlete's summer training programs that is DIRECTLY transferable to your training as a golfer!

Let's dive in.


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Maybe this is a broken record thought, but it never stops being important.

Still to this day you'll see videos of Cam Smith and Rory building their output base - but yet, you think your outputs are high enough?

By utilizing exercises like squats, deadlifts, jumps, pullups, and such we can expand the outputs our body can produce.

Whether it's with my collegiate football and basketball athletes, or golfers, the thought process is the same...

Build bigger outputs so we can express them within our sport.


Within our training at SCRATCH, we place a large emphasis on moving our hips and spine through large ranges of motion.

We do this in order to EXPAND the range of motion of the joints and the muscles that cross them.

All sports require highly functioning hips and spines - not just golf. We should be training these bodily segments to move more freely and actively with the rest of our movement system.


As a SCRATCH Athlete, you will see hanging from a pull-up bar often throughout your programming... but why?

Allow me to explain in THIS BLOG POST.

Here's the short version...

Humans are evolutionarily designed to hang and swing from things, but yet, we very rarely do so.

We need to change this narrative in order to create shoulders that are highly functioning.

Below are a bunch of variations my athletes and I have explored this summer!


One of the best ways to maximize our POWER production is through jumping.

Just like my collegiate football and basketball athletes showcase below, there is no one singular right way to maximize our jumping power.

In fact, we should explore MANY WAYS of doing so.

Check them out below and give one of them a try next time your training!


At SCRATCH, we train like athletes, because I firmly believe WE ARE ATHLETES.

I wrote about that HERE.

Having the opportunity to train a wide array of athlete populations allows me to see first hand the similarities between the many different athletes I encounter both in-person and virtually.

You are an athlete.

And because you are a part of SCRATCH, realize that you are training like one.

Let's keep getting more athletic together.

Join the monthly SCRATCH Golf Training Crew HERE for just $30 a month.


Carter Schmitz

Founder and Head Coach -


Carter is a strength and conditioning coach out of the Milwaukee area working with athletes, in-person and virtually. Having helped hundreds of athletes, ranging from the middle school to the professional level and beyond, Carter brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to every athlete he works with. He launched in the summer of 2021 to help empower golfers to greater performance and longevity.

Carter believes ALL golfers are athletes, and they should be training accordingly.

Become a SCRATCH Athlete today, and start training like the ATHLETE you are!


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