Although the main focus of my business is getting executives and busy entrepreneurs in great shape, I have worked with hundreds of golfers over the past ten years. Often I find that when a client that has come to me for physique change their spinal stability is inadequate. When they play golf regularly on top of that instability then some work is needed to straighten out the kinks and fix the weaknesses. In the long run this helps the client to lose more weight and get in better shape because their flexibility, stability and strength significantly improve. They also on average add 20 yards to their drives and improve their swing mechanics. This usually isn’t my main focus with them but it makes them really happy anyway! Losing 20 pounds of belly fat and adding 20 yards unto your drives is a pretty good deal! There are several things I focus on but the first is stability.
GOLF STABILITY- This is the physical foundation of your golf swing. Without stability in your hips, core and shoulder girdle your body will compensate for these weak areas with inefficient movement patterns and the “leaking” of energy during your back-swing. The result will be a swing far below your potential. The great news is that once you know what to do, a few exercises for just a few minutes a week can do wonders! Here are a few activities that utilize with my golfing clients:
- A) Hip Stability- The hips determine internal and external rotation which is critical for swing mechanics. In addition, improper utilization of the hips forces you to use excessive motion in your knees and back, negatively affecting your swing mechanics and can lead to injury.
B) Core Stability- Your abdominals are the important link between your shoulders and hips. They need to be strong and stable to allow for disassociation between shoulders and hips for a quality back-swing. If they are not, your ability to rotate is minimized, robbing your swing of mobility and power.
C) Shoulder Stability- Shoulders are often overlooked in golf, but if tight and dysfunctional their ability to store energy at the top of the back-swing will be compromised, ruining your club head speed and wreaking havoc on your follow through.
Stability allows your body to have a fixed point from which the muscles can effectively store and release energy during your swing. Without this central stability your swing will suffer. Think of a baseball player trying to hit line drives and home runs while wearing roller skates and you’ll get the idea! Only with good stability as a foundation, can the muscles in the hips, core and shoulders work together to efficiently create, store and release energy to produce a better feeling, better scoring, consistent golf swing.