A well known research study evaluated the factors effecting club head speed in older golfers. The median age of the golfers tested was 64.5. They found two major physical factors effecting club head speed ' flexibility in the torso and upper body strength. The study proves that by targeting these two areas of the body they were able to increase club head speed, thus distance, a significant challenge for senior golfers.
Over the next few weeks I will teach you a number of exercises designed to increase the range of motion in your torso and build upper body strength, thus providing you the opportunity to increase your club head speed and distance.
Lets get started!
|Shoulder/hip disassociation stretch|
Begin on your right side, knees placed at a ninety degree angle to your body and arms extended slightly below shoulder height. Bring the palms together. Inhale deeply and on your exhale open up your trunk and shoulders by bringing the left arm towards the floor. Note: keep your knees pinned together. Repeat five to ten times and switch sides.
|Lat reach and stretch|
Separate your knees and sit back on your heels. Note: if this is uncomfortable for the knees place a rolled up towel behind your knees. Spread your hands wider than shoulder width apart and stretch your arms towards the front of your yoga mat. Keep the glutes attached to the heels. Hold for five deep breaths.
|Twisting table/lat/shoulder/upper back stretch|
Begin on your hands and knees. Place your right hand behind your neck and on your inhale rotate your spine from your core as your lift your right arm. Focus on the abdominals as well as mid-back extension.