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Player Development⁠—Pull-Up Exercises by Player Agents

What Is a Player Development Pull-Up?

A player development pull-up is a motion of “reaching down and pulling up.” It is a type of volunteer activity that helps to promote advanced learning in player development. It requires an interest in young players and provides the necessary ingredients they are missing to advance in the game of golf and as a person. Below you will find out the best ways to properly execute player development pull-ups and the time and interest that it requires when performing this exercise.

How To Prepare For Player Development Pull-Ups

By following these four points below, we here at IRGF believe that it will best prepare for you for pull-ups:

  1. By attending IRGF Training Sessions, you will be able to grasp the needs of each player better
  2. By interacting with your fellow players and IRGF golf instructors
  3. By participating in on-course activities giving small groups of young players experience how to play the game 
  4. By serving as an IRGF Player Agent and by informing other players and parents of further opportunities in junior golf

While “pulling up” the young players of golf, you’re developing long-lasting, valuable relationships with both the players and their parents. During this process, you will also be building an essential team atmosphere among the players. It’s important that all activities are being conducted with the highest courtesy, respect, responsibility, and safety.

As you can imagine, there are a wide variety of ways to perform player development pull-ups. You can find out how to best aid the game’s growth by contacting a member of the IRGF professional staff. For further information on player development pull-ups, you can contact IRGF President Roger Van Dyke at [email protected] or via phone at (772) 713-9593.

What Is A Physical Pull-Up?

A physical pull-up is a compound pull-type exercise that works a large number of muscles in your back, shoulders, and arms all at the same time. The following table lists information about Pull-ups and the muscles that you use when performing pull-ups. 

Benefits Of The Pull-Up Exercises

This exercise is great for golfers because it’s good for protecting the body from any possible physical imbalance. It also is beneficial for challenging the upper body, specifically the back. We’re covering the pull-up specifically because it’s one of the best exercises that help develop appropriate posture and power transfer during any golfer’s swing.

How To Perform A Pull-Up Exercise

Left (Figure 1): Initial Position 

Right (Figure 2): Final Position 

You can perform a pull-up by grasping a sturdy overhead bar with a firm overhand grip. You should start with your hands separated by roughly a shoulder-width distance, as shown in Figure 1. Then, with your arms straight, allow your body to hang from the bar. This is the initial position shown in Figure 1.

Next, pull yourself up into the final position where your chest nearly touches the bar. At this point in the exercise, your chin should be over the bar. This is shown in Figure 2. 

While you’re pulling up, you should aim to keep your body as straight as you possibly can without arching or swinging. Once your chin is up and over the bar, you can begin to lower yourself back into the initial position, as shown in Figure 1. Keep in mind that you can either bend your knees and cross your feet or keep your legs straightened while you’re performing these pull-ups. However, the key is that your feet don’t touch the floor during this exercise.

As you may know, there are also a wide variety of different ways to perform these pull-ups. We encourage you to research a few of the more popular variations of these pull-up exercises that you may encounter in your local gym.

Other Physical Exercises For Golf Improvement

As you’re more than likely aware, golfers need to have a high level of hand-eye coordination. While pull-ups are extremely beneficial for player development in golf, you can do other physical exercises to take your golf game up a notch.

  • Deadlifts: A muscle that you may not realize benefits your golf game is the glutes. When you swing the golf club, you actually have a quick snap of the hips. By practicing deadlifts, you can build strength in your glutes, hips, and other areas of the body.
  • Lunges: Golfers need to have great leg strength. This exercise can help to develop the quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Practicing lunges will help to benefit golfers with balance.
  • Bench Press: If you have strong pectoral muscles, you’ll induce a more powerful hit and send the ball yards farther than those who don’t have the same pec strength. Practicing bench press exercises can help with your swing!
  • Ab Wheel: All movements come from the core, and because of this, doing ab wheel rollouts are a great way to build more power and strength within the core.

Contact Indian River Golf Foundation

Are you ready to learn more about player development pull-ups, physical pull-ups, and other golf beneficial exercises as well? You’re in the right place. Please contact Roger Van Dyke, the IRGF Founder, and President to learn more about these topics. You can reach him at (772) 713-9593 or via email at [email protected] You can also learn about player development through our website under the training tab.

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