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Core Flexibility Training Improves Golf Swing Power And Distance

Core flexibility training is critical if you want to improve your golf swing power and driving distance. Your core is the engine to your swing. If your core is inflexible you will not be able to make a full backswing with minimal tension.

Tip: Before you begin your round, make a note of which ball you and your partners are using, and if necessary, you may want to write your initials on the ball so you know it is yours. Double-check that you're hitting the right ball by looking at the ball's brand and number.

Picture your core being the middle of your body. That’s as simple as you can get it. It is mainly your abdominals, but can also include glutes and lower back. This area of your body is the most susceptible to injury.

Tip: Wiggling your toes can tell you much about your posture as you are getting ready to take a golf swing. If you are able to move your feet without difficulty, you are probably not leaning in far enough.

That’s why the majority of amateur golfers have a low back injury at some point in their golfing career. They have never focused on core flexibility training, as well as core strength training for more power.

Tip: In any sport like golf your body plays a pivotal factor in your performance. Utilize your core as well as your arms to generate strength.

To produce more power and distance in your swing does not mean swinging harder with your arms. Haven’t you tried that before? If so, did you hit it farther? I’ll bet not.

Just like hitting a baseball, tennis ball are even throwing the discus in track and field, you use your core for most of your power. You rotate with your core to create torque, then you unleash that stored up energy into the hit, whether it be a baseball, tennis ball or golf ball.

Tip: Avoid becoming stiff as you step up to take your swing. A lot of golfers do so, and it has an unwanted affect on their game.

The more efficient you become with using your core, arms, shoulders and hands in a sequenced motion, the added distance will come quite easy. You’ll be shocked at how quickly your driving distance goes up.

Core flexibility training incorporates “rotation”. Golf stretching in this manner warrants the best results in the shortest amount of time!

Tip: Use a neutral grip on your golf club. Gripping the club too tightly will send your shots careening to the right.

Every core flexibility stretch you do should involve some form of rotating. This is very important since the golf swing is a rotate (turn) back and a rotate (turn) forward. The more range of motion you can achieve in your core area the more power you will produce.

Here’s a little test you can do while your sitting there reading this article!

Tip: You need to educate yourself on keeping score in golf when you are interested in playing, as it will help you out on the course. This can be helpful because your skill as a golfer is frequently determined by your score.

Put your arms across your chest, keep your eyes focused straight ahead. Now rotate as far as you can to the right and make a not of how far it is. Did you get to a 90 degree shoulder turn (that’s where you need to be). Then rotate as far as you can to the left. How far did you get.

Tip: Work to overcome problems instead of struggling with them, by figuring ways you can work around them. Workarounds are what make each player's game unique and can provide an advantage in certain situations.

This will be a “wake-up” call for many of you. If you find you can’t rotate at least 70 degrees of center, you’ll have no chance at maximizing your power and driving distance.

Tip: Wiggling the toes may offer insight into problems with one's golf stance. If wiggling the toes is difficult when the golfer prepares to swing, it indicates that he or she is leaning too far in towards the ball.

We do this simple core flexibility test seated to remove cheating of the lower body. If you were standing, it would be very easy to rotate your hips and get a bigger shoulder rotation.

Being seated removes this compensation!

A seated rotation is “true” core flexibility and range of motion.

I hope I’ve educated you on the importance of core flexibility training to improve golf swing power and distance.

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