Golf Exercises To Correct A Major Swing Fault

As golf fitness specialists, we know that good mobility through the hip, especially internal rotation is very important. It can effect many positions in the golf swing as well as cause swing faults. Two of those swing faults are seen quite frequently in golf swings. I am talking about a slide and a sway. The slide is when the pelvis/hips move excessively toward the target during the downswing. The slide is then the opposite, where the hips and lower body move away from the target during the backswing. Both of these result in altered weight shifts and loss of power.

A second physical component to both of these swing faults is the ability to stabilize through each hip. This stability requires both strength and neurological control in the hip musculature. I recently showed a nice muscle activation technique that helps improve both mobility and stability. So, I wanted to follow up with a few exercises that helps in developing these needed components of hip function in the golf swing. Give these a try.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on February 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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Exercise To Correct That C-Posture In Your Golf Set Up

The set up to the golf swing is one of the most fundamental aspects of the swing. If your set up posture is bad, your swing will be bad. A common set up fault is the C-posture, that is, the slumped over position we often see. Your head is forward and curved down and the upper back and shoulders are excessively curved forward. This hunched over position really limits your shoulder turn and your ability to make a good backswing.

Sometimes the cause of this C-Posture is just a poor understanding of the golf set up position, but for the majority of golfers it is caused by muscle imbalances and joint restrictions that developed over time. The muscles in the upper back become weak and or tight. It is common for the lats and shoulder rotators to become tight. The lats attach on the back of the pelvis and go up the back and come under to the front of the shoulders. This is why the pelvis can have a strong influence on the shoulders & our upper body posture.

There are several exercises which help in restoring correct posture and upper back mobility. Here are 2 good ones I use quite often. If you have a C-posture in your set up, try these.
Good Luck!

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

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Correct Your Golf Posture For Longer Drives

Golf posture and your set up position is one of the first things that golf professionals look at when assessing your golf swing. They know that when you are in good posture, your potential to hit straighter and longer golf shots is much improved. However, maintaining a good set up is often times not a simple task. The first step in developing a golf conditioning program is implementing exercises to ensure a good golf posture.

The most common postural fault in the set up position is the C-posture. The C-posture is seen when your shoulders and upper back are hunched forward when addressing the ball (see photo). There can be many causes to this position but it is generally the result of a lack of mobility in the upper back (thoracic spine), tightness through the chest and shoulders, and weak or inhibited muscles. A physical assessment from a golf fitness professional will help identify the specific problem.

In terms of your golf swing the problem with this type of posture is that it makes it difficult for you to rotate the shoulders fully, as well as maintain correct positions during the swing. A C-posture will never allow you to get the distance in you shots that you really desire.

Stay tuned for more information about this dysfunction and exercises to increase your upper back mobility.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 20, 2008

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