In a past post I wrote about why flexibility is important to the golf athlete. Now that you are doing the stretches, we want to make sure your core is strong before the golf season starts. The core is made up of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, which includes the lumbar spine, the pelvic girdle, abdomen, and the hip joint. A strong core is essential for everyday movement and for an efficient golf swing. The stronger your core is the more club head speed you will get.
On average golfers swing the golf club 300 times during an 18 hole round of golf. That is a lot of stress placed on your core. Not only do golfers need a strong core, but you need to be able to stabilize the core while the obliques are working. The obliques are the muscles that run down the side of your abdomen. The obliques help with twisting your body so you can swing the golf club without low back pain.
Here is an exercise to strengthen your core Kneeling woodchoppers to start kneel with the weight stack on your right side. With both hands on the handle, arms are straight, twist and bring the handle to the outside of your left hip. Start with light weight doing 15 reps, 2-3 sets. The movement should come from your core.
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