Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Balancing Act For A Winning Season

GolfGym congratulates Tom Pernice, Jr. on his 3rd place finish at the 2010 Posco E&C Songdo in South Korea on the Champions Tour.

Tom is playing great this year and his fitness is a big component. He is highlighted in Coach Joey D's book Fix Your Body, Fix Your Swing for a balance exercise that he performs regularly.

Many amateur golfers can't even stand up straight on one foot for more than a few seconds. In the following pictures you see Tom in the PGA Tour Fitness Trailer not only balancing on one foot, but he is performing an entire movement pattern simulating a full golf swing.

Notice how far Tom rotates his shoulders both in the backswing and follow through. He even turns his head on the follow through...still balancing on just one foot. Now, that's body control folks.

A key to performing this exercise well is to focus on one point on the floor while standing straight up on one leg with your hands hanging off to your sides. Then when you get comfortable in that position, start to lower yourself into a golf posture placing your hands in front of you simulating holding a club. When you can go from straight to a golf posture several times, add the swing. I can tell you this, if you try to do the complete movement pattern right off the bat, you may be very frustrated.

This exercise will not only challenge your balance, but work every stabilizing muscle in your lower body. Take your time with this and it will pay off for you.

Oh, one more thing, do it on the other leg too!

Good Luck.
The GolfGym Team


Anonymous Fitness Freak said...

Result of years of practice & hard work, A great sight to see that he is able to swing his arm that much with only one foot grounded.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous David said...

As a personal trainer I have been searching around the net for sports related training for golf because in the particular area my gym is there are a ton of golfers. This has been a great site for me to come and find out trying methods of personal training that are sports specific to golf. This latest movement of swinging with one foot grounded is somthing I have never seen before, but I will be sure to use it with my personal training clients ASAP who are interested in developing a better golf game.

10:10 AM  

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