Add Power to Your Swing - Week 6

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Weve had some rainy weather with the last two weeks for The Players Championship and the Bellsouth Classic so hopefully we will have spectacular weather this week for The Masters! Are you ready for week 6 of our series Add Power to Your Swing? In this series we are improving flexibility by using a dynamic method prior to your round and a static method after your round.
 
We are using a club on the range and a golf specific stretch trainer for your post round exercises. The stretch trainer is specifically designed with foot webbing and handgrips to implement a static stretching process. If you do not have a stretch trainer you can acquire one in the Pro Shop.
 
Laura BaughKelly Blackburn

 
Remember: Flexibility is one of the most important components of your golf swing. Stretching can lengthen your golf swing and increase your club head speed. As flexibility decreases, a golfer will try to compensate for the lack of flexibility in the hips, legs and back by altering their swing. If your swing is hindered by poor flexibility you could create stress on the low back region. A thorough golf specific stretching program enhances your capacity to lengthen your muscles which in turn increases your movement range and improving your flexibility.
 
Review the exercises from weeks 1 through 5. This series is a progression program. Each week you will have a pre-round and post round exercise to do. For example, complete the exercises from weeks 1 through 6 for a total of 6 pre-round and 6 post round exercises!
 
Now lets get started...
 
Pre-Round Swing Follow Through Warm Up

 
Hold your club at waist height behind you. Slowly rotate to your follow through position. Start slowly and gradually increase your rotation speed.
 
Swing Follow Through drillSwing Follow Through drill

 
Par Level: 10 reps
Birdie Level: 15 reps
Eagle Level: 20 reps
 
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Post Round Trunk Stretch

 
Trunk Stretch Trunk Stretch

Sit and wrap the center of the stretch trainer around the arch of the foot. Slowly lie back and extend the leg upward. Hold both loops in the right hand and extend the left arm to the side.
 
Trunk Stretch

Slowly drop the extended leg to 2 oclock (picture shows eagle position of 3 oclock) and turn the head to the left. Once you have found a comfortable stretch hold this position for 30 seconds. Release the tension and repeat, but the second time increase the stretch.
 
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.