Many golfers assume that walking and swinging a club for 4 hours during a round of golf is enough exercise. It’s great exercise, but it won’t help you get stronger. You have to seek out strength exercises to develop muscle to get stronger.
Watch Karen Palacios-Jansen, LPGA Teaching Professional, demonstrate this exercise.
Start in a shoulder width stance.
Squat down, then step laterally to the right.
Stand up and place your left foot next to your right foot.
Professional golfers know the importance of athletic development for golf. As a recreational golfer, you may not have the time to train like an elite athlete, but by simply adding a few swing drills into your daily routine, you can dramatically improve your game. And you don’t have to go to the golf course or driving range, you can do these exercises at home.
Try this Cardiogolf Conditioning Workout to Shape Your Swing and Trim Your Score from LPGA Master Teaching Professional and Certified Trainer Karen Palacios-Jansen.
Watch Karen Palacios-Jansen and Christina Ricci, LPGA Teaching Professionals, demonstrate this routine.
In Cardiogolf class, I use various fitness props to do exercises and swing drills including the Shortee Training Club. The club is short for a couple of reasons:
The short club is easy to swing indoors without hitting the walls or ceilings.
The clubhead is closer to your hands, so it is easy to monitor the clubface and learn how to square the face at impact.
Since you are not hitting balls with the short club, there is no judgement of where the ball goes, so you can work on your technique without getting frustrated.
The club is lighter than a regular club, so you can learn to swing the club faster to develop clubhead speed.
Making practice swings will not only tone your muscle and burn some calories, but the act of swinging over and over again can help you improve your swing technique and improve muscular endurance.
Our practice swings are usually smoother, longer and more on-plane with better tempo than our real swings. As you make practice swings, you can focus on making certain motions to improve technique such as making a fuller shoulder turn, keeping your spine angle throughout the swing and shifting your weight correctly.
As you make practice swings, you can swing faster than you usually do to help you get used to swinging faster to improve clubhead speed. As you make practice swings, you can work on certain moves in your swing without worrying where the ball is going.
A few things to think about while you are making your practice swings:
Look down at where a ball would be and try to simulate hitting a ball as much as possible.
Work on your swing fundamentals. Monitor your posture, alignment, ball position and grip to make sure they are correct.
Keep your head level throughout your swing.
Complete each practice swing by holding your finish for a moment, as if you were watching your ball fly down the fairway
Imagine the perfect golf shot as you swing.
Finish in balance.
Start each swing from the beginning; don’t swing back and forth continuously.
Make each swing as if you were hitting a real shot.
Combine your fitness and golf goals with these simple and effective moves.
Practicing at the range is the best way to improve your game, but if you have a swing fault, adding more repetitions will cause you to ingrain those troublesome issues into your muscle memory.
Cardiogolf, is a program designed to give you a battery of exercises to improve your body movement and swing technique. By consistently, repeating golf swing exercises without the judgement of where the ball is going, you can accelerate your improvement on the golf course.
As an added bonus, these moves will also help you work towards your fitness goals and improve your posture. Add these movements to your practice regimen until they appear in your swing comfortably and naturally for you on the golf course by taking the #CardioGolfChallenge –
Lunge exercises are a wonderful way to add strength and firmness in your lower body. The twisting move also teaches you to rotate over the resistance of your lower body, a movement you need in the golf swing.
Forward Lunge and Twist
Keep your arms parallel to the ground.
As you lunge forward, simultaneously rotate your torso to each side and hold position for a moment.
Return to the start position and repeat on the opposite leg.