Originally Posted by rivercitybirdie
can someone explain how hockey players hit the ball so very very far? a few people tell me it's proper weight shift but i'm thinking it's the wrists... of course at pebble beach i think romo and matt cain were longer than most pro's so it's not just hockey players
I will answer The second part of your post in another post as i may have a method to this madness.
IN MY OPINION, coming from a hockey back ground...
I think the reason why Hockey and foot ball players hit relatively big on avg is because of their core strength. Weight shift probably helps too, as we are more bulky athletes. Key word here is Athlete
I remember working out with my trainer and we probably did at least 50-60% of our exercises for core and legs. this would include squats, snatch and cleans, power cleans, etc. not to mention a retarded amount of sprints on bikes, runs, and anything to get the "explosive burst" of energy. For example: (again I'm no expert, just speaking from experience) In order to boost your squat weight you must need strong legs...yes, but you also need a strong, solid, and stable core to keep that weight balanced on your shoulders. and also, so your guts dont explode. this goes hand in hand with a lot of other exercises. you need a strong solid core to balance if you want to increase your weight in lifting. As far as numbers went, when i was 16 I was 5'9 155 squatting 315lbs 4 times. after that summer i put on 20 pounds without doing any upper body work. (well very very minimal amount of upper body work, now all i work out for is the beach) To this day, i haven't fluctuated more than 5 pounds in body weight, (with exception of when i had mono, i lost 16 pounds in 2 weeks) All that being said, I think core strength is the biggest factor in why on average we would hit longer.
To those who are strictly "watchers" of the game of hockey may not notice this...but hockey is a game of those 2-3 first explosive steps. This is why Crosby, Ovi, and the likes, are so good is because they are just so explosively fast off the mark. this gives them more time to think, make plays, etc, split seconds seem like a month in a split second decision game.
Relating to golf, this "explosive moment" happens at the start of our back swing i guess. So in my head, me blasting my driver is like those first 2-3 steps race for a loose puck trying to escape a Dman for a breakaway (these never happened to me, i was obv too fast
) Or ripping a onetimer from the point.
I dont mean to offend anyone here with this next statement either. Golf is not the most "physically demanding" sport, like hockey or football. Thats why you see some more "out of shape" people in golf, baseball, bowling. essentially, there are less "athletes" in the game of golf. I would consider Tiger an athlete in golf, someone like john daily, ernie els, Vjay i wouldn't really consider them "athletes" and again, I'm not saying that to offend them of their build or anything like that, this is just my opinion.
I think that in the next 10-15 years golf will have an athlete revolution. everyone will be ripping it 380 of the tee. just because players will be more fit, and better. obv advancement in technology will help out also.
This was just my $0.02 take it with a grain of salt, i wrote this hungover as **** as its the last week before school and all my buddies and gals leave so its just hop on a 6 day bender time right now.
BTW, i dont want this post to Derail the thread, but feel free to post/ask anything as long as its related to Golf, I will also gladly respond to some hockey questions also. (Lets hope theres no lock out, few of my buddies signed this year!)