People tend to think that golfers don’t really need to exercise that much, that golf is more a game of the mind then a game requiring physical use.
In the case of a golfer, putting on too much bulk can have a negative effect on the game, as all that muscle mass jockeying for position tends to great obtuse movements which are anathema to a golfer.
Instead, what a golfer needs is a compact, full-body exercise that not only keeps the muscles strong, but keeps the bones hard, too.
Typically, any sort of exercise that involves lifting a controlled weight above your chest, shoulders and head create muscle contractions throughout your body that serve to strengthen it as a whole.
Also, in cases such as these, it is better to go for an exercise that involves multiple muscle groups that mimic natural movement over those involving muscle-isolation.
Finally, it is important to know that as a golfer, fatigue is the real killer. Whether it is a perfect day on the range, or blistering hot like a Texas summer, being out on a course for 18 holes will wear on your body.
For that reason, it is important to keep the intensity down during your workouts.
For a bodybuilder, an exercise that leaves his arms feeling like noodles is a good thing. For a golfer, it is a problem that will linger for days after the muscles feel healed in the form of random muscle twitches and deep-muscle recovery.
These will interfere with your swing, and nobody likes to have an off day, especially on a par 3.