Training Tips for Your Game - Shouldering Your Swing

By Kelly BlackburnDecember 7, 2004, 5:00 pm
This week we will concentrate on the muscles of the shoulder. As I continue to prepare the pros for the next season, Ill show you the exact exercises that I do with the pros and give you exercise tips to do for all aspects of your game. We will be using many pieces of equipment to encompass flexibility, strength, power, balance, endurance and swing training drills. Remember, self motivation results in improved accuracy, distance, stamina, focus and fitness level. The Strength Tubing used in this weeks tip can be found in the Pro Shop.
 
The shoulder is a complex area of the body where an abundance of activity is initiated. In the golf swing all the components of the shoulder fire at once. Different muscles in the shoulder work to turn the club back on the backswing, rotating the club open on the way back and then closed on the downswing. The shoulder lifts the club, releases the club at impact, and swings the club through on the followthrough. It supports a chain reaction of monumental proportion and as such the shoulder needs to be in good health and possess great strength.
 
Here are two simple exercises to keep your shoulders strong:
 
SHOULDER

Shoulder

Start: Place one foot on the tube, hold the handle in one hand and place your feet shoulder width apart.
 
Action: Slowly raise the arm upward.
 
Finish: Hold at shoulder height for a few seconds and repeat 15-20 times. Do the same for the opposite side.
 
Tips: Strengthen the shoulder girdle for more stability at the top of your backswing
 
STANDING ROW

Standing RowStanding Row

Start: Place one foot on the tubing, hold the handles in each hand and place your feet shoulder width apart.
 
Action: Bend the elbows and slowly raise the arms upward.
 
Finish: Hold at shoulder height for a few seconds and repeat 15-20 times.
 
Tips: Strengthen the upper back for more stability at the top of your backswing
 
Kelly
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