Balancing Your Golf Game: Part 1
"For me, what I do on the course I want to be secondary to what I do off the course." - Jordan Spieth, Masters Champion
For Fitness Friday this week we will be talking about preparation youth golfers can take to building a balanced swing. Effort toward golf success off the course should match dedication on the golf course. Next week we will take a closer look at an introduction to developing a stronger core!
Before performing exercises, make sure you are stretched out and your muscles are ready to work. It is recommended to perform a dynamic warmup such as the one below. Mix things up- feel free to add/substitute your own stretches. Increase in intensity and enjoy!
Stretching Note: We should not feel any pain while stretching!
Begin by trying to touch your toes - then try touch the ground with your legs apart.
Then, make little arm circles that gradually turn into large arm circles. Can you do one arm forward and one backwards?
My favorite stretch is the Helicopter- stand in a golf stance with your arms extending out beyond your shoulders and rotate around a stable base. If your rotations look like a helicopter you are doing it right!
Now run in place for 30 seconds with high knees- we will usually do this exercise three times over. You want your knees to reach a 90 degree angle.
The exercises listed below are from The Titleist Performance Institute - leaders in golf fitness. Each exercise has a linked video on the TPI site.
Single Leg Putts - work on stabilizing your body over the ball and make a stroke. Focusing on the ball can help with balance. Notice how your core is activated as you try to make a sound putting stroke.
Jump Rope - Although this may seem to be an exercise that works on developing endurance- it also works on developing hand-eye coordination. Once you are able to jump rope regularly, try to hop on one leg or alternate legs.
Lead Arm Only Chips - With your leading arm, make some practice swings then actually chip the ball. Notice how the club face opens and closes naturally throughout the swing.
One Arm Bandit Drill - Try to make a swing with your right arm and your left behind your back. Then try to do it the opposite way. This drill is fantastic at developing tempo and rhythm.
On our journey to develop balance and coordination we will visit core strength and developing a pre-round warmup routine.
Until next week!