Surprisingly a number of golfers do not perform any type of fitness regime. However if they do, it is usually not golf specific.
I really want to emphasise that when you are training for any sport you want to ensure that the training you are performing is sport specific.
In this post I want to talk about how important it is to ‘create a solid base for your golf swing’.
If you do train or thinking about training for golf have you or will you incorporate a program for balance?
You see one of the greatest variables in the game (I know you are thinking it is wind speed, direction, weather, lie of the ball etc) is actually the surface the golfer stands on when addressing the ball.
How often are you standing in the perfect position when addressing the ball? Usually you are addressing the ball, it may be above your feet, below your feet, one foot higher than the other or just an awkward stance. Therefore constantly your body has to adjust to these variables.
If you were to create more efficiency in your body’s balance and train your body to adapt to changes your golf shots will become more consistent.
You also need to have ‘body awareness’ or proprioception which is to sense where your body is at any given moment. This is a very important skill to have as you become aware of where your body and club is in it’s various positions. If you can improve this area it will make learning new skills much easier.
Below I have two examples to begin your balance program. It may take some practice and some time but it will assist in gaining more balance through your swing.
First Exercise: One-Leg Airplane
- Stand on right leg with left leg off ground
- Arms held out straight in a T-Position
- Keep your right foot, knee and hip in line with each other
- Rotate your torso to the left and to the right
- Ensure you keep your arms in a T-position and turn with your torso
- Perform 10 repetitions then change legs
Second Exercise: One-Leg Golf Swing
- Stand on left leg and perform golf swing
- Swing the club nice and easy, not fast
- Ensure you maintain posture throughout the swing
- Perform 10 swings then change to right leg and perform 10 swings
Increase both exercises as your balance improves.
Always have it as part of your warm-up and practice routine.
Would love to hear how you go.
To your golfing success,
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