How To Unleash The Power Of Your Core
The golf swing relies upon core strength, endurance and proper engagement in seeking elements of stabilization, control and coordination. Core conditioning is very important for a golfer because all movements in your entire body stem from the strength in this area. Wherever you find a weak core, you find a major source of energy leaks in the golf swing.
The core is where the body's center of gravity is located and where force production begins. Most people have a very weak core, and as a result, chronic posture problems. Over time, this creates wear and tear on the body. A golfer with a weak core is vulnerable to injury and struggles with efficiency in their swing. How strong is your core for golf? Let's find out.
Try this core test.
?Lie on your back with your knees bent.
?Place one hand underneath your lower back, then extend your knees to 90 degrees.
?Press the lower back firmly against your hand.
?Slowly lower your feet towards the ground by keeping the same tension on your hand.
Which one of the following best describes what happened when you performed the exercises above:
(A) Your lower back lifted and you could no longer feel any pressure on your hand.
(B) Your lower back lifted and you could feel some pressure on your hand.
(C) You were able to keep the same pressure on your hand throughout the movement.
If you answered (C), congratulations! You are well on your way to developing the core strength you need for better golf. If you answered (A) or (B), start with some basic exercises on engaging the core region of your body.
Susan Hill is a nationally recognized fitness trainer, CHEK golf biomechanic and sports nutrition specialist. For more information on golf specific nutrition, exercises or stretches, visit http://www.fitnessforgolf.com.
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