Here are the benefits you can receive:
1) Strengthen the shoulder girdle for more stability at the top of your back swing
2) Strengthen the trunk which is critical in making an effective turn
3) Strengthen the forearms and wrists for better club control
4) Strengthen the upper arms for added distance off the tee
5) Ultimately increase your overall fitness level and reduce your handicap!
Now lets get started!
Start: Place one foot in the loop, hold the training grip in one hand and place your feet shoulder width apart.
Action: Bend at the waist and slowly lean to one side.
Finish: Hold for a few seconds and repeat. Do the same for the opposite side.
Tip: Strengthen the obliques for stronger abs at address.
Par Level: 10 reps
Birdie Level: 15 reps
Eagle Level: 20 reps
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Utilizing Your Golf Cart for Fitness
Even if you take the time to warm up and stretch properly before your round, you may still feel the need to stretch a little more or take a particular golf muscle a little deeper into a stretch. This idea is especially true for those days when you play in less-than-ideal weather conditions and your muscles tense up in a fight to stay warm. At those times, added stretching is a must. Riding in a cart from shot to shot also gives your back just enough time to stiffen up. Thats why I highly recommend walking for golfers of all ages, but especially for those over 40 who need to remain loose and active. But given the fact that you will probably use a golf cart if one is available, here is a simple exercise to utilize the mechanical beast in ways that may actually improve your game.
Standing beside the golf cart with your side facing the cart, reach across your body with your outside arm and grab the carts canopy support bar. Slowly turn your torso away from the cart to accelerate the stretch. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat the stretch from the other side.
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Editor's Note: Kelly Blackburn has traveled the PGA Tour and Champions Tour circuits as a fitness consultant and trainer for 11 years. Kelly welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at BlackburnOnTour@aol.com. Visit KellyBlackburn.com to learn more about health and fitness for golf.