Should You Swing a Weighted Golf Club?

Swinging a weighted golf club is supposed to loosen your muscles, increase flexibility, add swing speed, increase distance and also tone/build muscle. But does it really?

I have always been on the fence about this ever since I read an article long ago about Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial who never swung a weighted or multiple bats because he felt they altered his feel and therefore timing.

I just took it for granted that swinging a heavier bat/club was nothing but beneficial. It was just one of those things that was so common that it didn’t enter the realm of my consciousness to question it but somehow the Musial connection always stayed with me.

A lot of this new science recently came to light again from an ESPN show called, Sports Science, which has some real interesting content and often surprising discoveries. Well worth looking into.

They ended up doing a little experiment: A PGA tour golfer first hit a few drives after his usual warm up and they measured his golf driving distance. The pro then did additional swings swinging two clubs and hit more drives and the distance was measured.

After swinging the heavy club the golfer said that his regular club felt much lighter and he was positive he was swinging the golf club measurably faster.

The results – don’t confuse feel with real. The golfer lost a tad bit of club head speed, but nearly 30 yards in carry because he couldn’t hit the ball on the center of the golf club. He impaired his feel and ability to swing a regular golf club.

Swinging a heavier club teaches a person how to swing a heavier club, not swing a regular golf club. The body has to compensate and use different muscle to swing the heavier club which does not translate back to swinging a normally weighted golf club.

Their conclusion: No benefit in warming up with a weight club and swinging a weighted club is counter-productive and should not be done.

This is sort of what I initially alluded to in referencing Musial, which is, in my opinion, you lose feel, which is paramount in architecting a smooth golf swing. I do think it’s something to be aware of if you do train with a a weighted club like the Momentus.

Oddly enough, as golf is all about precision, it’s the same type of thing that I feel about Tiger and lifting heavy weights. Sure, it puts on muscle but at what cost. You really end up confusing your fast and slow twitch muscle fibers.

You just have to be careful how your training and really understand the science (and the latest science) in order to obtain maximum benefit from your training.

  • Good post,

    I used to use one of these weights to warm up but stopped doing it several years ago. I think it was for much of the same reason as it was throwing off my timing on the tee.


  • golfdash

    Thanks for stopping by Troy!

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  • Danny Noonan

    What you do is warm up 20 minutes before tee off with weighted clubs. Then you warm up with your regular clubs before going to the tee. The weighted clubs loosen up the muscles is all. It shouldn’t be used with the intention of driving the ball farther. And you shouldn’t warm up with weighted clubs and go right to the tee. Weighted club warm up first. Regular club warm up second. Then go to tee.

  • golfdash

    Danny, Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your comment!

    I agree with your assessment. As long as you’re not using it (weighted clubs) to try to achieve increased distance I think it’s fine to use weighted clubs to warm up your muscles. Good point (and clarification).