Swinging a weighted club is a great way to warm up for a round. It also has benefits as a between-rounds exercise.
There are a number of weighted clubs or similar items marketed as training aids. Or, you can simply buy a small, weighted ring that slips onto the shaft and serves the same purpose. Once you’ve got your chosen tool, set aside a few minutes each day to swing on the porch or in the backyard. In a short time, you should notice improvements in:
- Clubhead speed: The heavier club engages the body’s big muscles (shoulders, hips, torso), which form the swing’s power center. If your hands tend to get quick or your arms lead the swing, the heavy club just might cure you.
- Flexibility and range of motion: Swinging a weighted club naturally stretches the muscles; your shoulders and hips will begin turning more easily on the backswing, increasing power. Practice often enough and you’ll notice it takes less time to get loose on the range or course.
- Control: Once you become accustomed to using the heavy club, your regular clubs will feel lighter. This sensation, plus the added strength and flexibility, will give you greater control over the club. Your accuracy and ability to play different types of shots, like the knock-down, should improve.