Welcome to the Cardiogolf Plank and Putt Challenge that will help you get strong in your core and shave strokes off your score. Simply follow along as I take you through a variety of plank exercises and putting drills.
Although putting may not seem like an athletic movement, you actually need to be strong in your arms, shoulders, core and legs to make your putting stroke smooth and natural. Click here to read more.
According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association static and dynamic conditioning of the core musculature is important in activities of daily living and in sport. Static strength in core muscles is necessary to stabilize and hold a particular body position while other parts of the body move independently. In the the putting stroke, you want your core to be stable as your arms and legs move independently.
Side plank exercises help strengthen core muscles, especially the lateral muscles that help you do side flexion to help keep your core stable while you putt.
- Lie on your side on the floor. Stack your legs and feet on top of each other.
- Place your bottom forearm on the floor under your shoulder, bending from the elbow.
- Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from head to toe like a plank.
- Hold the position for 10 seconds while you contract your abdominal muscles. Rest for 5 seconds.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Do 3 to 4 repetitions on each side.
Minimize Your Wrist Action in the Putting Stroke
To help control your distance and direction on the putting green, you will want to minimize your wrist action in the putting stroke. Let your arms hang naturally as you rock your shoulders back and forth with no attempt to break the wrists.
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