If you are a golfer and you only have time for one exercise (or you just don’t like working out), the Romanian Deadlift (RDL) is by far my favorite. I work with a large variety of golfers, from young to old, scratch to high handicap, and no matter skill or age, everyone can benefit from some RDLs.
What the Heck is an RDL?
So I guess before we talk about why I love RDL’s, you should know what the heck I’m talking about. RDL’s originated from olympic lifting as a way to strengthen your back and legs in one movement to help improve the clean and snatch movements. It is a combination of a straight leg deadlift, and a traditional deadlift.
It focuses on strengthening your spine, abdominal muscles, and your hip/leg muscles all in one movement. Now who doesn’t love that?!
If you are intimidated to start a new exercise that you have never done before, don’t worry. I prepared a video that will get you started on how to perform the RDL in a safe manner that won’t get you injured (it’s kinda my thing).
Why do RDLs Help My Golf Swing?
If you are going to have a good golf swing you need good posture. Not only do you need good posture, you have to be able to maintain that position throughout your golf swing. Look at every pro golfer, man or women, they have a perfect setup position. They are also able to stay there through their backswing and follow through.
Look at Ben Hogan in this picture (arguably one of the best swings in the history of the sport). He is able to keep his back on that line throughout the swing. That will improve consistency, and power, because nothing is being wasted with unnecessary movement in the swing (It’s physics, trust me). If you want to be able to do this you better have strong abdominal and hip muscles, hence the RDL.
Posture Sounds Cool but what about POWER!
I get it, no one brags to their friends about how good their posture is. They always brag about how far they can hit the golf ball. The great thing about the RDL is that it can easily be a starting point to build some power. Once you have the movement down, you can start to load it with weight. That will build strength. Once you have a base level of strength you can start to do some “swings” which will build power in the golf swing (now I have your attention). If you have never done a swing here is a good video on how to perform one properly.
I hope you enjoy the new exercise and the savings in time. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. As always, thanks for reading.