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My friend was telling me that improving my core strength will definitely help my swing. Right now, I kind don't do a whole lot of working on the core besides pushups. Anyone have any good tips for improving one's core strength?
There has been much discussion on this Forum about functional fitness and how it works better for golf than isolation training, so I thought I would introduce some exercises to test the core strength and balance of those who wish to feel what this is like. My thanks to Michael Reik, a scratch golfer from Milwaukee Wisconsin,who been doing a program I teach, for volunteering to demonstrate these exercises and for proving that it is possible to gain strength, add mobility, and balance to your body using the bodies own weight and leverage. It is my experience that many people find it difficult to slow down and really feel what is going on inside their bodies and would rather use momentum to propel themselves past any weak areas to some predetermined goal. Over the next 3 days I will post three exercises that will test your balance and your core strength. They are divided into Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Do the ones you can do with slow and controlled Movements. Stop when you get to one you can not do. Post a comment on this forum about what you felt, maybe even a video If nothing else it will give you some feedback. First lets do some warm-ups. Mike is using a special club, but you can use any golf club. Let the club hang loose and let your upper body release any tension you are feeling in it. You can sway the club back and forth, arms are loose. Bring your attention to your neck and ask yourself. Why am I holding my head up when I am upside down ? LOL It is out of habit Suck your belly in to protect the lower back and start to lift up. If you feel any pain stop, otherwise continue to lift slowly using your core muscles, stacking each vertebrae one on top of the other.Let your core do the work not the arms Continue until your are standing Bring the Club overhead, reach to the ceiling and take a gentle back bend Suck the belly in as you Fold forward and let the club hang. Repeat this sequence a few times NEXT WARMUP Bring the club behind you as illustrated, then take a deep breath as you lift the chest up and drop the head back Then suck the belly in and round the back as you slowly exhale Return to standing and repeat 3 times Take your golfing stance at address. Place a ball down if you need to and with the club behind you slowly go into your back swing. When you feel the muscles tighten stop and take 3 deep breaths. Now go into your follow through until the muscles are tight then take 3 deep breaths. Repeat this exercise 3 times EVERYTHING IS SLOW AND CONTROLLED Now move on to the Challenge Level 1