Tips from the Tour
Welcome to week 1 of our new series Tips from the Tour. With these golf fitness tips straight from the tour pros you can improve your golf game while increasing your fitness level! For this weeks tip we are using a stability ball. This product can be purchased in the Golf Fitness Pro Shop at a discount for Golf Channel subscribers.
When you incorporate the stability ball into your workouts, you improve balance, flexibility and coordination for your golf swing by calling on the core muscles of the body.
When using a stability ball it is important to follow these guidelines. They will ensure that you are performing the exercises safely and you are getting the most benefit from every repetition.
1.Move in a slow, controlled manner.
2.Maintain proper form with a neutral/pain-free trunk and neck position.
3.Exhale upon exertion, inhale on return to start position of each repetition- this encourages trunk abdominal control and trunk stabilization.
4.Move through full available range of motion each repetition.
5.Avoid painful ranges of motion, postures, and positions.
Step 1: To determine your current fitness level, take the Fitness Analyzer on KellyBlackburn.com.
Step 2: Perform the exercises 2-3 times a week for maximum results!
This week we will concentrate on flexibility exercises for the back and hip girdle. By keeping these areas flexible and strong you can create more power in your golf swing.
Lets Get Started!
Start: Sit on the ball with your fingertips supporting your back and head. Action: Slowly walk the feet out until the upper back is lying on the ball. Finish: Once you have reached a good stretch hold for 30 seconds. Slowly return to the start position and repeat.
Tip If you find it difficult to maintain balance on the ball, spread your feet apart to just under the width of your shoulders. Your goal will be to execute the stretch with your feet together!
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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 13 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.