Strength and Conditioning for Golf – A Framework for the Higher Handicap Player

by Gary Stebbing, CSCS
NSCA Coach October 2023
Vol 10, Issue 2

Available to:
Members only

This article discusses components of a comprehensive pre-design process that aims to help coaches build an effective golf training program.

Paywall block issue

This article is not configured properly for members or paid content.
isMemberOnly: {{isMemberOnly}} | isPaidContent: {{isPaidContent}}
spc: One or more parts of the product SPC is missing.

Read the full article

View the video

Login to view more

{{discountDesc}} Valid thru {{discountEnds}}

This {{ogType == 'video.other' ? 'video':'article'}} is available with a NSCA membership

This {{ogType == 'video.other' ? 'video':'article'}} can be purchased for {{prices}}
Price includes membership pricing and promotions

Purchase this {{ogType == 'video.other' ? 'video':'article'}}. Price range: {{prices}}
Price range includes membership pricing and promotions

Become a Member Add to Cart Login

This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

Related Reading



  1. Bechler, JR, Jobe, FW, Pink, M, Perry, J, Ruwe, PA and Patrick, A. Electromyographic analysis of the hip and knee during the golf swing. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 5(3): 162-166, 1995.
  2. Bishop, C, Brennan, A, Ehlert, A, Wells, J, Brearley, S and Coughlan, D. S&C for golf athletes: biomechanics, common injuries and physical requirements. Professional Strength and Conditioning 63: 7-18, 2022.
  3. Brennan, A, Ehlert, A, Wells, J, Broadie, M, Coughlan, D, Turner, A, and Bishop, C. Monitoring Performance in golf: More than just clubhead speed. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 2022.
  4. Castillo, E. A comprehensive and updated review of the performance profiling technique. The Sport Psychologist 36(3): 206-218 2022.
  5. Johnson, DL, and Bird, MD. Performance profiling in strength and conditioning. Strength and Conditioning Journal 44(4): 62-69, 2022.
  6. Murray, AD, Daines, L, Archibald, D, Hawkes, RA, Schiphorst, C, Kelly, P, et al. The relationship between golf and health: A scoping review. British Journal of Sports Medicine 51: 12-19, 2017.
  7. Record numbers now playing golf worldwide (2021). Retrieved online 2023 from now-playing-golf-worldwide.
  8. Robinson, PG, Murray, IR, Duckworth, AD, Hawkes, R, Glover, D, Tilley, TR, et al. Systematic review of musculoskeletal injuries in professional golfers. British Journal of Sports Medicine 0: 1-6, 2018.
  9. Sheehan, WB, Bower, RG, and Watsford, ML. Physical determinants of golf swing performance: A review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 36(1): 289-297, 2022.
  10. Smith, MF. The Role of physiology in the development of golf performance. Sports Medicine 40(8): 635-655, 2010.
  11. Smith, MF. Golf. In: Davison, RRC, Smith, PM, Hopker, J, Price, MJ, Hettinger, F, Tew, G, and Bottoms, L (Eds.) Sport and Exercise Physiology Testing Guidelines Volume I: Sport Testing (BASES Guide) London, New York: Routledge; 277-281, 2022.
  12. Sorbie, GG, Glen, J, and Richardson, AK. Positive relationships between golf performance variables and upper body power capabilities. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 35(12S): S97-S102, 2021.
  13. La Scala Teixeira, CV, Evangelista, AL, Pereira, PE, Da Silva- Grigoletto, ME, Bocalini, DS, and Behm, DG. Complexity: A novel load progression strategy in strength training. Frontiers in Physiology 10: 2019.
  14. USGA. 2020. Retrieved online 2023 from content/usga/home-page/handicapping/handicapping-stats.html.
  15. Zoffer, M. Competitive golf: How longer courses are changing athletes and their approach to the game, Nutrients 14(9): 1732, 2022.
  16. What is the world handicap system all about? Retrieved online March 2023 from https://www.whs. com/faq. html#faq&questionId=1666798691&categoryId=-1551370519.
About the author

Gary S. Stebbing, CSCS,*D

Contact Gary Stebbing

Contact Gary Stebbing

Your first name is required.
Your last name is required.
Your email is required.
Your message is required.
Your reCaptcha is required.

Your email was successfully sent to Gary Stebbing

Gary Stebbing is based in the United Kingdom. His primary areas of interest are building excellence and human performance design. He studied Sport and ...

View full biography
Available to:
Members only
#NSCAStrong #NSCAStrong

has been added to your shopping cart!

Continue Shopping Checkout Now