Not All Work Efforts Are Equal

06/04/2012 11:42 pm 81 comments

It is so very easy to waste precious time at the gym, working hard doing the wrong exercises, getting the wrong results.

Different sports have different physical requirements. The training that works for one, more than likely won’t be ideal for another.

You may have a great work ethic, train hard and work consistently, but if the training isn’t right then it’s JUST NOT RIGHT!

For this reason I am never surprised when golfers are skeptical about the benefits of gym training for golf.

Too often golfers tell me the exercises they tried either didn’t help their golf or made things worse.

However, after doing some more investigating, it is often revealed that, the types of exercises weren’t exactly conducive to improving their game and often were more about aesthetics than athletic development.

Further probing reveals the exercises came sources such as muscle magazines, a friend who used to lift weights or the worst one, a personal trainer who never played golf before and just finished their 6 week trainers course!

Yep, I wish I had a dollar for every personal trainer who told me the cable woodchopper exercise was a great golf exercise.


Good information is invaluable to improvement.


I am sure all of us at some point have had a mentor, a coach or someone who, at a certain point of our personal journey, said or demonstrated something, which just stuck. Something that resonated an undeniable truth from the first time you heard it and may still have an influence on you.

Two comments/quotes have influenced me and in fact still do.

One is by the famous American football coach Vince Lombardi who is quoted with the following:

“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work”.

The second quote, I will have to paraphrase as I can’t remember where I heard or read it or who it was by (apologies to the author), however it was something to the effect of:

‘If you’re not training, somewhere in the world, someone else is and when you meet them, they will beat you’.

I am sure that like you, I could recite a dozen or so more of these notable quotes from the hundreds if not thousands of quotes out there, but I wont. For the simple reason that what I extract from one of these quotes and what you or other readers extract, will possibly be completely different.

From the quotes that I have noted, it may be seen that successes only comes with work and consistency of effort and that is true. However, what these quotes were telling me is that only with the correct training and the right amount of work, would I then give myself the opportunity to reach the success I was pursuing.

When I applied that principle, the result was a greater amount of success in a shorter amount of time, or simply put – Not all work efforts are equal.

Quotes and mentors aside, it is safe to say that this principle is applicable to the majority of situations and pursuits that we all encounter.

Golf and golf fitness training should be no different.

Happy Golfing

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