4 Great Exercises That Can Help You Become A Better Golfer
There is a great variety of golf exercises golfers can take advantage of to improve their game. There are options to work just about every inch of the body. They can even include golf drills you can do at home or on the course. The idea is to keep your body in shape to help reduce injury while improving technical and mental aspects of how you play. Here are 4 options to help you get started on making your golf game better.
- Straight leg raise. There are different variations including with and without resistance. These exercises are good for maintaining hip hinging. There are videos online through trusted golf sources offering clear instruction and examples of how to do this exercise. A basic form includes lying on your back with your arms straight and flat on the ground next to your body. One leg is extended up in the air but you hold it for a few seconds before bringing it back down. You can alternate and do it with both legs at the same time.
- Lunges with dumbbell (alternate legs and arms). Hamstrings, quads and glutes benefit from this exercise. There are also great demo videos online for golfers to watch and take notes. This is a typical exercise good for stretching muscles, but helping them to develop more flexibility and endurance at the joints. You can use dumbbells of different weight calibers; start with something light and move to complete lunges with heavier weight.
- Arm stretches while lying down (also known as “alternating Supermans”). These exercises encourage better mobility of spine and hips. If you have lower back issues this could be an exercise worth considering. You simply lie on chest and stretch your arm forward and alternate your arms, just as if you are flying in the air like Superman. When you think about it you move your arms in the same fashion when you are swinging your iron toward the ball. This gives areas such as hips and the spine more ability to flex safely.
- Putting drills to help improve posture. Good posture is something many golfers admit they don’t have. It affects your stance and your ability to swing with a smooth motion. There are various types of golf drills and basic exercise moves to encourage good posture.