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When it comes to golf fitness and golf injury prevention, the most important area is the core. The golf swing starts in the feet, the legs begin to generate power, and the core directs and amplifies this controlled power. During a controlled and powerful swing, the core must be strong enough to maintain this sequential transfer of momentum between the upper and lower body. The torquing motion of the golf swing puts tremendous stress on the lower back (lumbar spine) and the core also provides support and protection to this often-injured area.
What is the core? The core is made up of the muscle groups in the front ("abs"), the sides (obliques), the back (lower back muscles), the buttocks, and the hamstrings (rear thigh).
Before you start a core exercise program, you must learn something called abdominal bracing. This contraction of your core muscles teaches you to use all your core muscles in a synchronous manner. It is what will protect your spine and improve your game. Take a look at the pictures below:
An abdominal brace occurs when you have contracted the abdominal muscles, lower back muscles, and buttock muscles at the same time. Here is how to do it:
Now that you know how to perform the abdominal brace you can use it when performing any of the following exercises AND when you swing a golf club. The following is your winter core program. Start with Progression #1. Your goal is to be able to perform 3 sets of 60-second holds before moving to Progression #2.
Prone PlankProgression #1: Off KneesElbows under shoulders, knees behind hips. Make sure your abs and glutes are tight when you hold this position. Start by holding for 15 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and perform 3 sets.Progression #2: Off ToesElbows under shoulders, on toes. Make sure your abs and glutes are tight when you hold this position. Start by holding for 15 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and perform 3 sets.
Side BridgeProgression #1: Off KneesLie on your side, knees bent to 90°, supported by elbow bent to 90°. Place the free hand on your opposite shoulder or leave it along your side. Keep torso straight and lift buttocks off the ground. Keep hips forward, squeeze buttocks and abs tight. Start by holding for 15 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and perform 3 sets.Progression #2: Off ToesLie on your side, supported by elbow bent to 90°. Same as above. Start by holding for 15 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and perform 3 sets.
All Fours: Get on all fours, knees under hips and hands under shoulders. Squeeze your buttocks and abs. Reach forward with one arm to a horizontal position and hold for 5 seconds. Reach back with one leg to a horizontal position and hold for 5 seconds. Make your limbs "long" when your reach. Repeat with opposite arm and leg.Once you can reach with a single limb and keep your torso stable, reach forward with the right arm and reach back with the left leg to a horizontal position. Hold for 10 seconds, rest for 20 seconds, and perform 3 sets.
Practice these exercises daily for the next two months and you will be amazed at how much better you feel and much your swing, accuracy, and distance will improve. Enjoy!
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