Recently, golfers have been obsessed about gadgets, especially the ones with improve-promise to their playing level but ignore the deficiencies of their body in every swing. By now, they had not known that, with a little adjustment to their posture, would make the significant difference in the game. Hence, instead of paying the insane price tag for this equipment, get in the game to leverage your body now!
Getting better shape for golf is important. You are going to swing more effectively and efficiently; your durability will be enhanced and say goodbye to injuries and pains. Furthermore, you will be more flexible to have difficult swings and change of direction.
There are three suggested requirements for you in regards to improving your ultimate “golf body” – you have to commit to the training sessions, being patient during the process as well as having a well-tailored plan to reach your goals.
Owning your body can significantly advance you in the game. We are talking about mastering your movement, collaboration among body parts, strength, flexibility and stability. As long as you can adjust it properly, you will be able to hit stronger, further and more optional in your swing repertoire, depending on different situations. Not to mention, your experience, your techniques, and Arsenal are also vital to successfully boost your level.
We would like to introduce 5 of the most important posture and movement areas that you can improve to get ahead of other players.
Ready posture – still setup posture
What we would like to emphasize here is your lower back. As you know, there are various debates regarding what is the proper posture to start off in golf. In the past, Jack Nicklaus tended to slouch a little bit by curving his shoulders. Lately, well-known golf players as Rory McIlroy has been preferring a more chest-out and slightly flat upper back posture. As long as you can hit the ball effectively, these differences could be ignored. However, you can always up your game further by adjusting your lower back. Having a small posterior tilt, which will shorten the space between lumbar spine and the alignment that gives you more power and agility in the rotation for every shot.
Rotation of pelvic test
This technique is all about adding more elasticity to your body and thereby to your swing. As soon as you are going from backswing to downswing, rotate your pelvis towards the ball to create more momentum. The key here is to distinguish your rotations of pelvic and torso. This separation, if gained, will be very effective to reproduce more power to the shot. Again, this requires training as your body will gradually adapt to the movement and become natural to it.
Rotation of lower body test
Improving the rotation of your lower body can produce swings with better power and sequencing. This technique is easier to achieve compared to the pelvis rotation because it does not require the separate control over different parts of your body. People who struggled with the last one can try this comfortably as long as their lower part is flexible enough.
Seated chest-out rotation
The test is designed to achieve so-called ‘full shoulder turn’ in golf, in order to create more power for the shot. In reality, there are a lot of amateur golfers suffer from their shoulders being restricted, which prevents them from performing the full turn. You can reduce this by testing at home with 3 alignment rods – 2 to mark your shoulder turn on the ground and 1 to keep your shoulder parallel. You should see improvements in no time.
Power from your shoulders
There are a lot of articles discussing how to maximize the momentum of golfer’s shoulders for a better swing. It is debatable that reducing the movement of your body, as well as rotating your shoulder externally can give the shot extra driver. However, not many golfers especially beginner can embrace this technique. According to research, there are commonly 2 trends that happen with golfers when it comes to shoulder rotation.
Golfers in the U.S, or basically from countries whereas football and baseball are popular, can usually perform external shoulder rotation very well. It is simply because players have been too familiar with the extensive stretch of their shoulders, as they have performed throwing movement with the extreme elastic of their arm and shoulders. Other countries, for instance, Irish players do not get used to this kind of rotation, which is why they cannot perform it properly. Hence, more practice is required to force your body to get on with this movement better.
Shoulder rotation or chest extension are going to be more difficult as the player gets older. Well, you might think it is obvious that every mobility will not be as effective as time passes by. However, if you thoughtfully and intentionally put some extra exercises such as pull-up or wall sliding to your training program, you will be far from rust in the game. These exercises are the base to build a more flexible shoulder mechanics and enhance the stability of your upper body.
We do hope this article can help you somehow to identify your strengths, as well as work on and improve your weaknesses to keep on conquering your golf career.