Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Get Fit for Golf - Strength Muscles to Increase Your Drive Distance

Are you looking to build the muscles that increase your drive distance on the golf course? Most golfers are. Although golfers need to focus on technique to see improvement, there are two basic components of fitness that will improve the game and reduce the risk of sport related injury. Two primary areas of concern are core strength and overall flexibility. 

The first exercise is manageable and a must do for core strength and balance.
Plank with Arm and Leg Lift:

Face the mat. Place hands and toes on the mat. Lift the torso while equally distributing your weight and keeping head in a neutral position with gluts tucked in. Imagine your body is straight as a board. Hold for 10 seconds. 




Next, lift opposing arm and leg while maintaining a straight as a board body and hold the position for 10 seconds. Switch sides. Complete 10 repetitions.






Traveling Lunges with a Twist:
Traveling lunges may be one of the most effective exercises to strengthen the major muscles of the legs and hips. The added torso twist should be viewed as a bonus to all golfers as flexibility and golf go hand in hand. The increased range of motion and fluid movement of pro golfers is due in part to flexibility of the shoulders, spine and hips.

Standing with both feet shoulder width apart and holding a medicine ball with both hands. Step forward with your right leg, lower your body until the right upper leg is parallel to the floor and the left knee is approximately 1 inch from the floor.







 Twist your torso and return to original position. Repeat with the left leg. 12 repetitions on each leg, 3 sets.









Tammi Jacobs, Health and Fitness Expert
Results Health and Fitness Center, Chandler, AZ

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