The Power Drill Getting the Lower Body Initiated

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This week on The Golf Channel.com we are focusing on increasing your distance.
 
I have a saying 'with knowledge we can create change.' Learning the mechanics of the golf swing, particularly at impact will help you understand the importance of lower body strength for increasing your distance.
 
The following is an excerpt from my book Yoga for Golfers ' A Unique Approach to Golf Fitness which is available on my website www.YogaforGolfers.com
 
Impact
 
Definition: The phase of the golf swing where ball contact occurs.
 
It should not be surprising that the majority of the injuries occur during this phase of the golf swing when the most parts of the body are moving, maximum velocity is reached and contact is made with the ball. The spine is most susceptible if the golfer slides towards the target. Depending on the magnitude and velocity of this slide, injury can occur. For golf, sliding stresses are generally considered the most dangerous. Controlling the amount of hip slide is crucial from a physical training standpoint.
 
Summary of Impact Biomechanics
 
At Impact the:
  • The head and neck experience a side bending motion towards the right combined with a forward bend.

  • Shoulders are now brought back to a square position.

  • The mid and low back experience a side bending motion towards the right combined with a rotational motion towards the left.

  • Lower body is turning with the hips being slightly open towards the target.
  • The glutes are extremely active.

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    Lets get started!
     
    Lunge with golf club
    Begin with your right leg in a lunge position and the left leg extended behind you. Come high onto the left toes and use the club in your right hand for balance. Lunge towards the floor and focus on the quad and glutes on the right side. Repeat this lunge fifteen times and switch sides.
     

     
    Warrior II pose for hip and lower body strength
    Maintain a deep lunge in your right leg and internally rotate your left leg and left foot. Pull your navel in towards your spine and extend your arms to shoulder height. Hold for ten deep breaths and switch sides.
     

     
    Hip lifts / glute strengthener on ball
    Extend your legs, heels placed on the ball. Pull your navel towards your spine and using your glutes lift your hips off the floor. Repeat five times and hold for fifteen seconds.
     


     

     
    Bridge pose with leg extended
    Lift the hips off the floor into a bridge position. Place a club across your hips. Activate your left glute as you extend your right leg. Keep the club level and do not allow your hips to drop. Hold for ten breaths 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