Ok here is a question for all the big guys out there, you know who you are. Do any of you play golf and if so, do you feel there is a measurable detriment to playing golf at your current size, versus when you were smaller. I have a friend who was 250-260 last summer and allthough he wasn’t an avid golfer he just looked unnatural swinging a little club. He didn’t look smooth or balanced and his range of motion was nowhere near what mine is.
But, like I said he is a relative newbie at golf so any skinny idiot could have looked just as akward swinging a club.
I am by no means reaching a point where I have to worry about getting to big, I am at least 20-30 lbs of muscle away before it is even a consideration. But I have to believe it will become a factor at some point and was wondering if any of you have noticed when this takes place? It is also possible that it depends on other factors such as flexibility before getting big and height, I am 6 ft 175lbs just as a reference.
I think your post is teetering on the myth of the “big but inflexible muscle bound guy” that has been perpetuated since the old strongman circus attraction days.
If you get stronger and put on some muscle mass you will invariably be able to swing the club faster. Assuming your technique is good (and you don’t end up looking like Ronnie Coleman or, heaven forbid, you get big and fat to where it affects your technique) strength training will provide trememendous benefits to your golf game.
People that weight train are more flexible on average than the golfer who does not.
I might be the best example on this post so far. I played high-school and a year of college golf at a weight of about 170 pounds (6 feet). At that time I was down to a 5 handicap. I never went lower because at that level the mental aspects of the game become a big part, and I was a mental case (figuratively speaking of course).
Today, I am 235 pounds and I had my club head speed measured at over 140 miles per hour at a Titleist booth at our club awhile ago. I never had it measured in college, but I hit the ball much farther now. And I play just as well.
I think the friend you mentioned simply had no physical coordination when it came to swinging a golf club, but a skinny guy that never played would have the same problem. Your friend just looked funny because of his size.
So hit the gym young man!