One of the most common swing flaws I see is reverse pivot. This issue is primarily a function of a lack of mobility in the torso. This week I offer you a series of yoga poses that offer an increase in the range of motion in the torso, increase the X-factor and decrease unnecessary movement. These poses in addition to core conditioning, which will stabilize the trunk, may bring to an end to your reverse pivot.
Thanks to Paul Trittler, Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor for his participation in this article. Paul is also the Director of Instruction at the Kostis-McCord Learning Center in Scottsdale, AZ. Paul and I work together, providing golf and fitness instruction. Let us know if you are interested in our programs.
On your back bring the left foot to the right knee. Arms are placed perpendicular to the body, palms facing down.
Inhale deeply and twist to the right. Exhale and return to the original position. Repeat this dynamic twist five times and then hold in the static position for one minute. Switch sides. Note: This is a great warm-up for golf.
Step feet wider than shoulder width apart and revolve the legs and feet inward. Place a yoga block directly under your nose. Place the right hand on the block, left hand on the waist and draw the navel towards the spine. On the exhalation twist dynamically to the left. Inhale and return to the original position. Repeat five times and then hold the pose statically for five breaths. If possible raise the right arm. Switch sides and repeat.
Get into your athletic golf position. Place the left on the grip and right hand higher on the club. This hand placement will increase the intensity of the twist. Inhale as you draw your navel towards your spine, stabilizing your core. Exhale and twist dynamically to the right in a very controlled manner. Return to the original position. Repeat five times to the right and then repeat to the left.
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