Strength for Your Swing - Week 3

By Kelly BlackburnJanuary 24, 2005, 5:00 pm
This is week three of a 7 week series where we will concentrate on strength exercises along with flexibility exercises to better your health and your golf swing. The first step is to print the workout chart so that you can chart your progress. The next step is to go to week one and week two to perform and chart these exercises in addition to this weeks workout! The Strength Trainer and Stretch Trainer used in this series can be found in the Pro Shop.
 
Kelly Blackburn with a stretch trainer

 
Points to Remember:
  1. Start the golf swing by turning your shoulders and your hips in unison to a point where the shaft is pointing at 9:00 before your hands get involved.

  2. Start the downswing by shifting your weight off of the right foot as you turn your hips.

  3. In the downswing at 10:30, start straightening the right arm and flattening the left wrist to insure a square clubface at impact and beyond impact for 12 inches.

  4. Finish in balance and facing the target.
Swinging Drills Routine:
  1. Swing SLOWLY and DELIBERATELY holding the completion of each drill for 2 seconds.

  2. Repeat each drill for 12 repetitions before moving on.

  3. Swing through the 4 backswing drills, rest 2 minutes.

  4. Swing through the 4 downswing drills, rest 2 minutes.

  5. Swing through the Full Swing Drill for 12 repetitions to complete the Swinging Drills Routine.
Now lets get started!
 
Downswing Drill

Strength Training

1. Swing the Strength Trainer to the top of your backswing. Hold for 2 seconds.
Strength Training

2. Shift your weight off of your right foot as you turn your hips while swinging down to 10:30. Hold for 2 seconds.
Strength Training

3. Then return the Strength Trainer to the top of your backswing.

Par Level = 12 reps
Birdie Level = 15 reps
Eagle Level = 20 reps
 
Impact Drill

Strength Training

1. Swing the Strength Trainer to the top of your backswing. Hold for 2 seconds.
Strength Training

2. Shift your weight off of your right foot as you turn your hips while swinging down to 10:30. Hold for 2 seconds.
Strength Training

3. Then from 10:30, straighten your right arm and flatten your left wrist squaring up the face through impact to 5:00 and hold for 2 seconds.

Par Level = 12 reps
Birdie Level = 15 reps
Eagle Level = 20 reps
 
Bicep & Forearm Stretch

Bicep and Forearm Stretch

 
Start: Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hips rotated forward, place your right hand into the loop of the Stretch Trainer.
 
Action: Holding your arm straight out in front of you, slowly pull downward on the Stretch Trainer until you feel the stretch in your biceps and your forearms.
 
Finish: Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and repeat to the opposite side.
 
Keep in mind that as your body changes with becoming stronger and more flexible, its important to keep swinging your club to keep your tempo and timing in check! If you combined week one, two and three you should have 8 exercises on your chart. Try and complete this workout 2-3 days weekly. Remember to implement your cardio workout as well.
 
Kelly
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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.
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