Core exercise for golf. You’ve probably heard this phrase mentioned on the television a time or to. This is the area that Vijay works on the most with his golf trainer and it seems to be working for him. He’s driving it longer and straighter and winning tournaments.
Tip: It is important to pay attention to the height of your tee when you are first learning to golf. You won’t get a good shot if the tee height isn’t correct.
When we talk about core exercise for golf the key term that needs to be thrown in there is rotational. You see…the golf swing is a turn (or rotate) back and a turn (or rotate) through. So any core exercise for golf you do should incorporate rotational strength and flexibility.
Tip: When playing a round of golf, remember to keep the game moving. If your group is playing slowly or experiencing a number of delays, it can be frustrating to the groups playing behind you.
One of the most difficult things for golfers to do is take a step back from their game and examine what they can do to improve performance. Strength training is a perfect example. What almost all golfers overlook is developing the strength and awareness fo the region of their body that can lead them to their best level no matter what the age or ability.
That area is the CORE!
Tip: Taking a few practice swings at the driving range before beginning a round of golf will improve your game. By adopting this strategy, you can get warmed-up and dialed-in before beginning the front-nine.
This area starts roughly at your belly button and goes up to the bottom of your sternum. It is the engine of your body and awareness of your core affects golf the most. Think of it as the link in the chain that needs to be the strongest, not the weakest.
Tip: Before the next round begins, take time to introduce yourself and make acquaintances with your golfing partners. You’ll be golfing with these people for the next several hours, so be social.
Greg Norman use to say when he wanted to hit it long he would get his belly button or belt buckle turning faster; which in other words is his or your core.
Tip: If you find it hard to shift your weight as you swing and often lean back after you hit the ball, spend time practicing your swing with a baseball-type emphasis. By doing a slight lift of your forward foot during the backswing and subsequent step back down through the shot, you can get a better feel for how the body needs to transfer weight forward through the swing.
Two simple core exercises for golf that will quickly strengthen your core is ab crunches and back extensions. These would be your initial exercises since I mentioned early on in this article you need to work from a rotational standpoint to strengthen your core specific to golf.
Tip: Don’t get wound up trying to find a stance that is unnatural. Work on addressing without holding a club.
Once you’ve accomplished the above exercises, you can move on to a crunch with a twist and a back extension with a twist. This will hit your rotational strength right away.
You can then progress up to standing on your feet doing several different variations of rotational movements with a single dumbbell, standing upright and also in your golf posture.
When you approach your golf improvement program with a core exercise for golf, you will see your driving distance sky rocket past your playing partners!