Four weeks fore more flexibility - week 5

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A recent readers poll from Golf Fitness Magazine tells us the number one issue facing golfers is lack of flexibility. Typically when I work with my students, flexibility is the first line of attack. I want my golfers to get flexible, then I work on stability or strength and then we incorporate speed based exercises.
 
When I stretch my clients I like to work the body from the larger muscle groups and core to the smaller muscle groups, incorporating dynamic movements. This method raises the bodys temperature and increases the heart rate. Additionally my new program called The Roberts Flex-Fit Method (RFFM) is designed to bring more balance to the body. We stretch and strengthen the muscles of the front body as well as the muscles of the back body. For more information on RFFM check out my new book with Hank Haney, Swing Flaws and Fitness Fixes @ www.KRFlexFit.com
 
This week we will work on the hands and wrists!
 
In the golf swing mobility in the hands, wrists and forearms helps generate speed in the downswing as well as through impact. Specifically the wrist lag and load in the downswing refers to the ability to maintain the proper angle from the wrist to the forearm.
 
Lets get started!
 
Wrist / forearm action drill

Place the shaft of the golf club in the palm of your hand, palm facing the ceiling. Rotate the hand and forearm (without moving the shoulder) towards the ceiling, supination. Rotate the hand and forward towards the floor, pronation. Repeat ten times and switch sides.


 
Hand / wrist mobility exercise

Extend your arm, wrist flexed and slowly open and close your hand. Repeat five times slowly and repeat ten times as quickly as possible. Switch sides.


 
Wrist cocking exercise

Place the club in your right hand only. Looking down the V of your thumb and forefinger, press the club towards the floor. Pull the club towards you, cocking the wrist. Repeat ten times and switch sides.


 
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    Editor's Note: Katherine Roberts, founder of www.KRFlexFit.com and www.YogaForGolfers.com has over 20 years of experience in golf specific fitness training, yoga studies, professional coaching and motivation. Katherine welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at Katherine@KRFlexFit.com