I feel very close to this show because of the new book Hank Haney and I wrote together called Swing Faults and Fitness Fixes which will be in bookstores on August 7th, 2009.
This book evaluates the top ten most common swing flaws, explains the physical correlations to the flaws, includes Hanks perspective as it relates to the flaw and finally we provide you with fitness based solutions specifically applicable to the swing flaw.
If you are a basketball fan as I have been for years, you followed Barkleys career. For many years Barkleys power move had to do with his ability to generate power from his squat, duck and leap move. He had an incredible ability to power his lower body with a deep squat, to duck the offensive moves from his competitors as well as power his lower body in a defensive move and to leap great heights to the hoop.
This same power move Barkley used on the court can help you achieve power in your swing. This weeks series of exercises focuses on power generation from the lower body.
Lets begin with a flexibility exercise for the quads, hip flexors, intercostals, the muscles around the ribs and lats.
|Hip stretch from lunge position|
Begin with the right leg in a lunge position, left leg back with the club in your left hand. Pull your navel towards your spine and lift your ribcage off your waist.
|Bridge position with power leg lifts / Glute strengthener|
Place the heels close to your glutes and lift your hips off the floor. Extend your leg to knee height and hold for five breaths. Lift your leg up and down twenty times focusing on the strength in the glute. Switch sides.
|Internal / external / balance strengthening exercise|
Place the balance ball in front of your body, stabilizing your body with the golf club. Lift your leg up and over the ball twenty times, focusing on the full range of motion in the hips. Switch sides.