Exercises to Help Improve Your Golf Swing
There’s a ton out there on ways to strengthen your grip, more effectively position the clubface, or the best stance to adopt, all in an effort to enhance your swing. And certainly, such tips are worth intuiting.
But how about your exercise regimen? Believe it or not, the daily workout that you do can have an impact on your swing. It’s about understanding what muscle groups to train, how to maximize the value of your exercise moves within the context of your golf game, and even knowing how often to exercise.
As we are invested in the overall health and fitness of golfers, we wanted to offer some tips on workout practices that you can start implementing today in order to help improve that swing and thus lower that score!
- Core Conditioning. Much of the power behind your swing comes from the core. On many of us, the core tends to be one of our weakest areas, unfortunately. And so, working on core conditioning not only brings more power to your swing, but it also helps prevent potential injury. Begin with something as simple as a plank and work up from there. Glute Bridges are also a great go-to core exercise. Lie on your back with your knees bent, and then simply lift your hips off the ground, forming a straight line with your knees and shoulders. Make sure to keep your abs tight as you hold the bridge. You can also add weight to make it more challenging.
- Hip Moves. The mobility of your hips helps to increase the speed of your swing, improve rotation, and solidify your overall power. That said, depending on your job (especially if you tend to sit for long periods of time), your hip flexors can become inordinately tight; it is thus critical to loosening them up. One exercise that can help with this: Lunging Hip Flexor Stretch—Kneel with one knee on the floor and the other at a 90-degree angle in front of you. Lean forward then into your right hip. Hold this for a minute and then rotate to the other side.
- Strengthen those Arms. When it comes to the perfect swing, strength does matter, and increasing your arm strength can definitely impact your game. That’s not to say that you have to be a bodybuilder, but minimizing flab and adding more muscle will go a long way toward achieving that ultimate drive. Arm strengthening exercises can be as basic as a simple set of pushups, to bicep curls, to lateral raises in which, standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, you then proceed to lift your arms to shoulder height and then slowly bring them back down.
Certainly, there is a great deal more you can do by way of a workout in order to enhance your golf swing. But the point is, that it’s not just about the mechanics of golf itself, it’s also about how you train your body when you’re not on the lynx so as to strengthen those muscles necessary for optimal results.