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.
When you are strong in your core and hips it is easier to stay in a bent over position and keep the lower body stable. When you are strong in your core, your muscles protect your low back from long hours of putting practice.
When you are strong and flexible in your shoulders, arms and neck, it is easier to stay relaxed with the upper body and keep the head steady during the putting strong.
When you are strong in your arms and hands, it is easier to have a lighter more relaxed grip to stroke the putt more smoothly.
When you are stronger and more flexible, it is easier to have longer more fluid putting motion. If you are weak and inflexible, your putting stroke will be short and choppy. You get the picture: stronger and fitter is better.
Planks help strengthen the core, chest, wrists, biceps, triceps, spine and shoulders. All the same muscles that are needed in putting. Although putting does not require strength, you need those muscles to be equally strong, otherwise dominate muscles will take over and cause the stroke to be uneven or choppy. Planks help create strength equally in all those muscles so that your putting stroke can be smooth .
- Assume a push-up position.
- Your hands should be under your shoulders with your arms straight and strong.
- Keep your neck, spine and hips in alignment as you pull your abdominals muscles in and up.
- Squeeze your glute muscles and inner thighs as you hold the position.
- Hold for 1to 15 seconds working up to holding the plank for 1 minute.
- Repeat for 2 to 3 sets.
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