4 Exercises to Improve your Golf Swing
Golf season is in full swing, and we are here to give you exercise tips to get you prepared for the golf course. Brennan Hogan PT, DPT, has his Titleist Performance Institute Certification (TPI), which is “The world's leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in the golf swing.” Having a good range of motion is vital to a good golf swing. Below, Brennan demonstrates 4 exercises that focus on mobility and stability that aim to improve your golf swing.
Single Leg Balance-
1. Stand tall with feet together. Set the shoulders back and engage the core to maintain good posture.
2. Lift one foot off the ground, bending the knee slightly. Don’t lift the knee too high- just let it hover slightly above the ground.
3. Hold for the desired time. Repeat with the other leg.
Single Leg Bridge (Stability)-
1. Lay down with your back flat on the ground, your knees bent, and your feet flat on the ground.
2. Lift your left foot off the ground and straighten your leg out so that your toes are pointed toward the ceiling.
3. Lift your midsection off the ground until your body makes a straight line from your shoulders to your right knee.
4. Hold for a couple of seconds and lower yourself back down. Repeat for the desired amount of reps, then switch legs and repeat.
Sidelying Open Book (Mobility for Thoracic Spine)-
1. Begin lying on your side with your bottom leg straight, your top leg bent at a 90-degree angle, and your arms straight on the ground together.
2. Slowly move your top arm away from your other arm, towards the floor on the other side, rotating your back at the same time. Make sure to keep your top leg on the floor and only go as far as you can without arching your back.
3. Hold for 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.
Soleus Stretch (Ankle Mobility)-
1. Kneel towards a wall with both knees bent and one leg back.
2. Gently lean into the wall until the stretch is felt in the calf.
3. Repeat with the other leg.