The Perfect Par Podcast


For the third interview of season four, I am joined by the founder of 18strong and host of the 18Strong podcast, Jeff Pelizzaro. Jeff is a top 50 golf fitness professional by Golf Digest, TPI level 2, and a licensed physical therapist. Jeff and I discuss the fundamentals of golf training including:

  • Fundamentals
    • Why you should train for golf
    • Common misconceptions
    • Jeff’s favorite exercises
    • Exercises you should avoid as a golfer
  • Progressing
    • How can you measure progress
    • When to increase weight
    • Ideal rep/set ranges
    • Common muscle imbalances
  • Muscle Mass VS Strength
    • How closely related is muscle mass to strength
    • How to train for muscle growth compared to strength
    • Should you focus on strength or hypertrophy
    • The importance of planning
  • Speed + Endurance
    • How to convert your strength training into swing speed
    • How to train specifically for speed
    • Balancing strength and speed training
    • How to train for golf endurance
  • Balancing Training
    • How to continue to train in tournament season
    • How to optimize the results from your workouts
    • How to recover after your workouts
    • Jeff’s app and how it can help you

Jeff’s Book Recommendations:

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor (

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost (

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy (

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear (

18 Strong Podcast:

Weekly episodes containing proven, practical advice, great stories and strategies to inspire you to reach your golf and fitness goals.

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18 Strong App: 

Easy-to-follow, golf-specific training programs that help regular golfers get strong, fit, AND play their best, permanently. 

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In This Episode


Carter Stroup


Carter is an elite junior golfer, entrepreneur, and creator/host of The Perfect Par podcast.


Jeff Pelizzaro

Physical Trainer

Jeff is a top 50 golf fitness professional by Golf Digest, TPI level 2, and a licensed physical therapist.

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