Saturday, November 14, 2009

Building Lower Body Stability

Lower body stability is critical if you want to develop a balanced and consistent golf swing. The pictures below show some easy exercises using our PowerStance Loop. If you don't have a loop, you can use any type of bands that add resistance. (please excuse the messy hair...it's 4:30 am in the gym and the makeup artist didn't show up)

This workout is simple, but will really "stimulate" those muscles that we don't regularly "stimulate". I usually put on some music with a good beat in order to keep a good cadence until my muscles burn....and they will. The great part is that the "burn" tells you that the exercises are really working.

Start with the PowerStance Loop around each ankle and get in a good strong golf posture with your knees slightly bent. Place your hands on your hips and step out to the right slightly wider than shoulder width. Take 20 steps to the right (or as many as you can in the space you have). Continue the exercise in the opposite direction in order to work both legs equally. Be sure to stay in balance as you move across the floor. This is great for golf fitness and overall fitness as well.



With the PowerStance Loop still around each ankle, get in a good strong golf posture.Place your hands out front as if you are holding a golf club. (in the picture I am squeezing one of our Squeasy Balls between my palms). Step out to the right and perform a half squat (down then up). Continue moving to the right and performing half squats. After 15 - 20 steps and squats to the right, repeat the same exercise in the opposite direction to work both legs equally.



In this exercise, open your arms and hands as far out to the side as possible. Move across the floor as in the previous exercises with your knees slightly bent. Alternate opening and closing your hands and fingers on each step. Try to stretch out your fingers as far as you can.



In this exercise, open your arms and hands as far out to the side as possible as in the previous exercise. With your knees slightly bent, shift your weight to your RIGHT leg and hold for the count of five (5). Shift your weight to the LEFT and hold for the count of five (5). Be sure to stay in a good golf posture with a slight bend at the waist.



In this exercise, open your hands and cross your arms in front of your body. With your knees slightly bent, shift your weight to your RIGHT leg and turn your torso as far to the RIGHT as possible (back swing position for right handed players). Hold for the count of five (5). Shift your weight to your LEFT leg and turn your torso to the LEFT (finished position for right handed players) hold for the count of five (5). Repeat this exercise 6 to 8 times in each direction. Think about stretching as far as you can to both sides. Be sure to stay in a good golf posture with a slight bend at the waist and visualize a ball in the address position.



GolfGym PowerStance Loop, Golf Fitness
We neglect the lower body in most workouts related to golf. Lower body stability is critical to a consistent golf swing. This simple tool can be a perfect compliment to your overall golf fitness routine.

Good Luck with this one!
Ken Pierce

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