If you have limited side bend, then you will also be limited in your spinal rotation because one motion cannot happen without the other motion. Any limitations in this area will cause you to slide or sway in your golf swing. Improving your range of motion so you can side bend will help you make a better backswing and improve your swing plane to be more consistent.
Stand in a shoulder width stance. Keeping your back, head and shoulder in the same line, raise your arm over your head and bend to the side.
Go as far as you can without losing your balance.
Hold position for 8 to 10 counts and return to start position.
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.
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.