7 Exercises to Improve Your Golf Game

Golf  blog pic 3Although golfers are not considered to be elite athletes, they should make an attempt to stay physically fit. If you golf, you can perform several different exercises to increase your flexibility and muscle memory.

Plenty of golfers complain about back pain as the golf swing puts stress on those muscles. You can be proactive and take measures to keep your back muscles loose and strong. You should perform the Lying Leg Crossover exercise. Lie down with your back against the ground. Stretch your legs outwards and raise one into the air while bending the knee at a ninety degree angle. Move this leg over. Keep the other side of your body tight to the ground. As soon as you feel a strain in your backside, stop the exercise and hold yourself in that position for ten seconds. Repeat the exercise with the opposite leg. Perform the exercise in sets of ten.

If you add strength to your arms then you will be able to swing faster and harder, causing the golf ball to go further. Perform a side lunge rotation by standing with your feet spread and hold a dumbbell in each of your hands. Keep them at your chest’s height and have your palms pointing to one another. Now bend at one knee and perform a side lunge by moving the opposite side’s hand down toward its opposing foot. Then move the dumbbell across your body. Alternate the exercise with each side and arm multiple times.

Don’t forget about your glutes. A strong backside will increase your swing power and help you maintain your center of gravity. Lie down on the floor with your back flat against the ground. Put your legs onto a physio ball. Move the ball towards your bottom side by pulling your heels in and bend at the knees. Then move your heels back to the original starting position. Repeat the exercise about 15 times.

The golf swing puts incredible stress on the shoulders. Strengthen this pivotal part of the body with the side lying dumbbell external rotation. Lie down on your side and hold a five pound dumbbell. Make sure that your wrist is open and facing the same way that you are looking. The put your elbow on your hip’s area and keep a 90 degree angle with the elbow. Drop your wrist in the floor’s direction to the point that it is parallel to the floor then move it back to the original position. Do this with each arm at least 15 times.

In order to maintain your balance during your swing you will need a strong core section. Try the woodchopper exercise. Sit on a stability ball or a bench and hold a dumbbell in your hands. “Chop” the dumbbell from the hip up to the opposite shoulder and back down to the hip. Be sure to keep your arms straight and squeeze your core. Do this fifteen times on each side.

Another core exercise is simple crunches. Lie down on your back, lift your knees upward and keep them bent. Your feet should stay flat to the ground during the entire exercise. Lift your shoulders up until your abdominal muscles squeeze. Hold that position and then lower yourself back down.

The Superman exercise will work out several areas of your body, providing extra strength and flexibility for the shoulders, back, glutes and hamstrings.  It begins with you lying with your stomach against the floor. Stretch your arms out over your head and lift them about half a foot off of the ground. Hold them there until your arms feel fatigued.

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