This Golf Fitness Exercise Will Build More Power In Your Swing

The off-season (here in Chicago) is great time of year to really focus on developing strength and power in the golf swing. It is also important to focus on physical limitations that you have.

Today I have posted a video of an exercise I like to use with golfers to help develop more power & speed in the hips. A word of caution though…if you have a history of low back pain you need to use this exercise under the supervision of trained eyes.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 19, 2012

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Golf Training – Cardio & Strength Execises Together

We are busy these days and it’s often times hard to get those workouts in. So what do you do?

Here’s a nice way to do both strength training and a little cardio together. So let’s say you are doing 4 sets of pull-ups or bench presses. Or one of my favorite exercises, like the curl & press combo. What you do is perform the first set of the curl & press combo then immediately hop on the treadmill or track and do a 1 minute sprint. Then you return to the second set of the strength exercise. Continue alternating until you complete all 4 sets. If you want, then move on to the next strength exercise and repeat the same sequence. This is a fast moving high intensity program that you’re going to love if your short on time. Good luck!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 1, 2010

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Hip Strength & Stability For A Power Golf Swing!

The hip hinge is a basic movement that I teach to my clients for several reason. The first one being, it is the natural set up position in the golf swing. Additionally, it helps engage the gluteal muscles which help maintain stability and provide power in the golf swing. It also is essential from a biomechanical standpoint, because it helps take the stress off the low back and ensure the correct muscle (gluteals) are functioning properly. You can view my original hip hinge post here.

Now here is a more advanced exercise that builds upon the hip hinge and dead lift pattern. so make sure you are performing the hip hinge properly as well as a good dead lift. This single leg dead lift helps focus on stability, balance and strength through the hip region. Watch this video several times and practice in the mirror to make sure your technique is correct.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on June 1, 2010

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Hip Mobility Exercises For A More Powerful Swing

A common problem I find with golfers is physical restrictions through the hips. When we look at the body from a mobility and stability stand point we know that the hips need to be flexible and mobile. If not, there are compensations that occur as well injuries. Mobile hips allow your body to get in the best possible position in your swing which can help improve your power.

These 3 exercises in this video shows movements that improve hip mobility in each plane of the body. Therefore you receive a multi-directional benefit to the exercises. Give theses exercises a try.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on April 6, 2010

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Golf Mobility Exercise To Improve The Shoulder Turn

Here is a a new mobility exercise video that will help increase the shoulder turn in your golf swing.  As I have mentioned several times before, you want to ensure that the majority of the rotation in the golf swing is coming from your upper back.  Often times golfers will over rotate through the low back which can lead to low back pain.

The shoulder turn is not only dependent upon the golf set up posture, but also the actual mobility of the upper back (thoracic spine) region.  This exercise takes advantage of the natural biomechanics of the thoracic spine and the relationship of the movements rotation and side bend.  These 2 movements occur in the spine together especially in the golf swing.

So give this a try and watch that shoulder turn improve.  Good Luck!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 16, 2009

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Jump Start Your Round Of Golf With This Warm Up Program!

Warming up before every round of golf or practice session is important.  A warm up routine helps prepare the body for the work it is about to do.  It should also be dynamic, that is, consist of movement patterns that mimic the movements of the activities about to be performed.  Here is a short video of my warm up that I do before hitting balls.  Remember you should do this warm up first and then hit balls, chip, putt and go play.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on January 2, 2009

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