When it comes to golfing, the perfect swing is everything. And most golfers will gladly spend thousands of dollars on fancy golf clubs to achieve the perfect swing. But the fact is, no matter how expensive a golf club is, it cannot magically transform a bad swing to a perfect one. Ultimately, you have to do all the work to achieve the perfect swing. There’s just no shortcut to improving your swing and shaving strokes off your game.
Just like any type of sport, golf is focused on the muscles to create an excellent swing. The upper and lower body muscles should work in harmony to increase the distance of your drive and decrease your handicap. A strong core and flexible upper body muscles are key to a perfect stroke. The hips, shoulders, ankles and thoracic spine should be flexible too. And to keep your body in tip-top shape, you need to work out regularly. In today’s post, we are dishing out excellent golfing workout to improve your game and take your swing to a completely new level!
Standing Wood Chop
This move targets the hips, back, and shoulder muscles. It also increases core strength and boosts flexibility. We love using a resistance band or a med ball to perfect this move. To perform the standing wood chop, place the resistance band underneath the left foot. Now bend your knees slightly while pulling the band overhead to your right as if you are about to swing a golf club. Alternate to the other side and complete 3 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions before resting for 30 seconds.
A lateral lunge isolates the hip muscles and the back. This move improves flexibility, power, and muscle strength by engaging the frontal plane with side-to-side movement. However, you want to keep the right form to maximize the benefits of this powerful move. To perform the lateral lunge, take a large step to the side with your left leg. Make sure the left leg is fully extended while the right leg is bent. Keep your left toes pointed straight ahead, hands on hips. Now, alternate to the right leg. Complete 3 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions then rest for 30 seconds.
Glute Activation Lunges
This move targets the hips, arms, and shoulders. It improves mobility and upper body strength, resulting in a powerful swing. To perform this exercise, stand straight with your feet together. Keep your hands on your hips. With your left leg, take a large step forward, bending the leg at a 90-degree angle. Keep your bent right leg straight and planted on the floor. Now take a step back to the starting position and alternate to the right leg. Complete 3 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions then rest for 30 seconds.
The traditional plank targets the core muscles. It improves stability and strength of the upper and lower body. It also keeps the midsection toned. You can do different variations of the plank to create the perfect swing but we love the traditional plank.
To perform the plank, lie face down on the floor with your palms flat on the ground. With your elbows and toes planted on the floor, lift yourself up. Your body should maintain a straight line. Now hold this position for as long as you can before releasing yourself back down to the floor. Do at least three to five reps.