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Exercises for a Better Golf Swing

Focus on Core Strength and Flexibility


Updated May 22, 2014

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In order to improve the golf swing, golfers can focus on their technique as well as their physical fitness. Technique can be learned with basic instruction and lots of practice. And fitness is best developed with a whole body conditioning routine to improve both the golf game and reduce the risk of injury.

Two areas of conditioning that may are a big part of developing the ideal golf swing, include core strength and stability exercises and full body flexibility exercises. The muscles of the core are the powerhouse and create the foundation of the golf swing so proper conditioning will make a huge difference in the power you get from your long shots. Good core strength also allows you to have more endurance so your short game is more precise, fresh and controlled. The core exercises work the muscles of the abdominals, back and hips. Many other muscles attach to this area so the midsection is considered the foundation of all movement.

A great exercise routine for the Core can be had by using The Champion's Workout Exercises.

One simple 'must-do' core strength exercise is the Plank with Arm and Leg Lift.

Golf and flexibility go hand in hand and you need to spend a bit of time on range of motion for the perfect golf swing. If your muscles are tight and not flexible you will have reduced range of motion and a short swing. Pro golfers have amazing range and a fluid swing, in large part because of flexibility in the shoulders, torso, and hips.

About.com's Golf Guide offers two simple stretches for golfers: The Lying Leg Crossover and the Backswing Stretch. ISSA Physical Therapy offers these pre-golf stretches.

Adding these two components to your golf conditioning program will not only improve your game, but will likely improve your overall fitness as well.

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Sample Golf Workouts.

Last review: August 2006

Source: The Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT).

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