Improve Leg Power For A More Powerful Golf Swing

I want to show a short video of the jump squat exercise. When looking to improve power in your golf swing you need to do some power type exercises. The legs are one area that is easy to train and the jump squat is a favorite of mine. I like doing jump squats as part of a circuit of several exercises. In other words pick 2 other exercises such as the push-up and do 20 reps, then do 30 seconds of the plank, followed by 10 jump squats. You can do something similar and vary the repetitions to match your level of expertise. Here’s the jump squat. Have fun!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on August 24, 2010

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Exercise For Extra Power In The Golf Swing!

As I’ve mentioned several times, an important fitness component that helps develop power in the golf swing is the glutes and legs.  There are many exercises to help develop this strength but I especially like the split squat.  This exercise shown here in the video is performed on each side and demands good balance & coordination as well as strength.  It focuses on the glutes, hamstrings and quads.

Watch the video several times so that you learn and understand the correct position and how to activate the glutes correctly.  It is important to stay tall, go straight up & down, and push up through the heel of the front foot.  To advanced the exercise you can hold a dumbell or kettlebell (my preference) to load the system with weight.

It’s a great exercise…give it a try!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on May 18, 2010

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Improve Your Hip & Hamstring Flexibility-Part 1

I have been busy working on and implementing a functional movement screen into my assessment of golfers. This functional movement screen was created by Gray Cook, a Physical Therapist and Strength Coach that has made a huge difference in athletes performance. More about this later.

What I want to do today is share the first of 3 exercises that I am using to help improve the flexibility and mobility of the hamstrings and hip. Gray has found much success with these as I have. Hamstring flexibility is important in all kinds of activities and often times can be difficult to improve. I pride myself in using various approaches in improving flexibility and mobility in my clients but really want to share these exercises.

This video here should be utilized first, and then as your flexibility improves you can move on to the next ones I will be sharing. So here you go!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on April 11, 2009

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Use This Exercise To Improve Hip Mobility!

Good hip mobility is very important in the golf swing.  A golfers ability to rotate around each hip in the swing helps reduce swing fault tendencies.  Additionally it helps save the low back from unnecessary forces.  Use this low level isometric exercise to help release tightness in the hip and improve stabilty.

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Two Exercises To Increase Your Shoulder Turn

A good shoulder turn into your backswing & follow through are essential in having a powerful swing. Often times golfers tend to twist from the low back (lumbar spine) rather than the upper back (thoracic spine)during the swing. The low back was not designed to rotate to the degree it often does during the golf swing. This can lead to extra stress and ultimately injury. The upper back on the other hand is actually designed to rotate much better and to a greater degree.

With all the bad posture positions we put ourselves in, like sitting at a desk or driving a car, we tend to get stiff over time. This stiffness in the upper back limits our rotation/shoulder turn during the golf swing.

We are always looking for ways to increase our flexibility, so try these 2 exercises
today to help increase that shoulder turn.
Good Luck!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 23, 2008

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How A Golf Specific Fitness Program Can Help Correct Your Swing Faults

We are always looking for that perfect golf swing. You know, that one swing that consistently gives us long drives and accurate shots. Actually books have been written about searching for that perfect swing. However I think most of us amateurs accept the fact that a perfect swing does not exist or is not likely achievable.

What we do focus on when working on our golf swing is to minimize swing faults or significant errors in the swing that contribute to a variety of bad shots. Also, we just try to get a repeatable swing that works for us. A teaching professional is the key person in helping golfers understand and correct swing faults. But something else to think about is how a golf specific exercise program can help correct problems in your swing as well.

In the past I have written about how posture problems such as the C-posture & S-posture can cause specific problems in your swing. There are actually about 12 -15 different swing faults depending on who you talk to. So, if you think about it, there are many, many, parts of your swing that can cause those bad shots. In the future I will be discussing individual swing faults and how specific exercises can help eliminate them, so I won’t go into it now. The important thing to remember is often times the swing error is directly related to a posture, mobility, or stability problem. These Problems can be improved with the correct exercise program.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 21, 2008

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Welcome To The New Golf Fitness Chicago Blog

I want to extend a warm welcome to all of my Blog visitors. I have finally finished developing my new blog. As usual my ultimate purpose here is to be informative by sharing my experiences and insights into the journey of golf fitness.

I will share stories of interacting with clients, colleagues and teaching professionals. I will give quick tips for improving your fitness and how that will ultimately improve your swing. Because of my background in rehabilitation and sports medicine, I will discuss golf injuries and how to prevent some of the common problems golfers develop. I will also have an occasional guest share their wealth of knowledge that will help you move closer to your goals. And of course this Blog can act as an avenue for feedback from you to share your experiences and opinions.

As a Fitness Professional, I believe there are immense opportunities to learn how to better serve those in search of improving their lives. With the help of my clients, other Fitness Professionals and Golf Professionals I will be able to accomplish this. The GOLF FITNESS Chicago Blog will not only be a learning experience for me, but for my visitors as well. So Welcome! And visit often for the latest information on golf fitness.


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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 19, 2008

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