The Right Types of Workout Exercises & Movements – Turning
Activities or movements that teach the hips, thoracic spine and shoulders to turn is the objective.
So if the golf swing requires that your hips, spine and shoulders turn, then do things that turn them on the day of and prior to your round.
This will activate the specific motor-units that are responsible for turning the hips, spine and shoulders to perform a coordinated, fluid golf swing.
So if you have taken the necessary time and repetitions to train your body to learn to turn and swing the club, you’ll want to enjoy the fruits of your labor as you play golf and feel your body performing the golf swing movements naturally & effortlessly. To do this you will need to avoid the “anti-rotational” workouts, exercises and movements prior to your round and ensure your are doing the right rotational types of activities.
Turning the Correct Way and In Correct Sequence
It’s not just about turning your hips, spine and shoulders, but about turning them in the same way and sequence as they need to turn in the golf swing.
Back to the specificity of training principle – turn the hips, spine and shoulders in the: 1) same body position and same joint angles & planes of movement, and 2) sequence that are required in the golf swing.
Same Body Position
To maximize the carry-over, to ensure that what you work on actually improves your golf swing, do your exercises and movements in the same body position as the swing is performed in on the course.
The angles that you train your joints in impacts your results, so make sure that your body is positioned with your feet, legs, knees, thighs, hips spine, shoulders, arms, hands and head in the exact same position as in the golf swing.
Standing up straight is not the same thing as getting into golf address posture and making your swing. When you stand tall, it might be easy to turn and swing, but when you get into golf address position, specific muscles may be or become tight and may not stretch until you get in to a golf posture and move through the golf swing movements.
Same Movement Sequence
The hips, spine and shoulders should all turn (both in the backswing and in the downswing), however they must also move in the correct sequence.
Specificity of training once again plays a major role in warming-up and preparing for your round.
In today’s modern golf swing, PGA & LPGA players sequence their downswings with the turn of their hips first, followed by the turn of the shoulders. This creates separation between the turn of the hips and turn of the shoulders, which helps create a great deal more power to improve distance and direction.
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