If you are looking for more power in your swing, then you want to increase the separation between your upper and lower body. Your ability to wind your upper body over the resistance of your lower body helps create a rubber band effect that creates speed on the downswing. This exercise will not only help you create that separation in your upper and lower bodies but will help increase cardiovascular endurance.
Stand with your feet together holding a club above your head.
Step out to a shoulder width stance with your right leg, stabilize your lower body and twist your upper body to the right.
Return to the start position and repeat on the opposite side.
Keep the club above your head the entire time to get your heart rate pumping to build cardiovascular endurance.
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Professional golfers know the importance of athletic development for golf. As a recreational, 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.
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Making practice swings instead of hitting balls is a better way to improve your swing technique. If you are trying to learn the swing or make a swing change, rehearsing the move without hitting a ball will assure that you are actually doing the correct move. Repeating the motion that you want to achieve will help ingrain the move into your real swing.
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Top of the Backswing
Weight Shift Drill
Back Arm Only Drill
Front Arm Only Drill
Wrist Hinge Drill
Wide Takeaway Drill
Uphill Lie Drill
Downhill Lie Drill
Step and Swing Drill
Step Weight Shift Drill
Swing Positions Drill
Speed Progression Drill
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In order to create power in your golf swing, you need to load your weight at the top of the swing, winding your upper torso over a flexed hip. This hip hinge assures your weight is loaded behind the ball. If you stand up or change the angle in your back hip as you swing to the top, you will lose the coil. Your weight may actually load in front of the ball creating a reverse tilt and you will be forced to create another power source leading to swing compensations.
Practicing exercises where you have to turn your upper torso over a flexed hip will help you create the hip hinge for a powerful backswing.
Modified Triangle Pose
Stand next to a chair, small table or bench.
Widen your stance, pointing your back foot out away from you as you align your back heel with the arch of your front heel.
Extend your arms, lengthen your spine and contract your leg muscles.
Slowly lean towards the chair, flexing from your hip, keeping your spine lengthened.
Keep your shoulders parallel as you place your hand on the chair, extending your opposite arm towards the sky.
Hold the position for 10 to 15 seconds and return to the start position. Repeat on the opposite side.
This helps stretch hamstring muscles, teaching use to stabilize your lower body and helps boost mobility in your shoulders. Triangle poses also helps you even out the length of muscles on either side of your body. As you tilt into triangle, you’ll know right away if your sides are tight, and especially if one side is tighter than the other.
I teach Golf and Pilates. I am a LPGA Master Professional and Certified Personal and Pilates Trainer