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January 5 2012

2:44 PM

Perfect ‘X-Factor’ to add power

Torso Backswings Editor’s note: In 2012, Sean Cochran will be writing a Golf Fitness blog in the TOUR Report. This is the first installment.

The X-Factor is a reference to the separation between the upper and lower body in the backswing. The separation between these two segments of the body creates what is referred to as an “X-Factor Stretch” which becomes a major source of power in the golf swing.

Unfortunately for many golfers the creation of this separation is difficult, thus creating a “power leak” within the swing. One of the common issues behind difficulties in the development of the X-Factor is physical limitations. The physical dysfunctions often associated with an inability to create separation within the golf swing are limited hip mobility, poor segmental stability of the core and deficiencies in thoracic spine mobility.

The implementation of corrective exercises to remove the aforementioned physical dysfunctions can be very beneficial in the development of one’s X-Factor. An ideal golf fitness exercise to address these issues is Torso Backswings. This golf fitness exercise develops the ability of the golfer to dynamically separate the upper and lower body while maintaining a fixed spine angle.

To perform Torso Backswings stand in your 5-iron golf posture with the arms crossed in front of the torso. Begin rotating the shoulders to the top of your backswing while resisting the turn with the hips. Continue to the rotate the shoulders as far as possible without a change in your posture. Pause for one second, return to the starting position of the exercise and repeat for 10-15 repetitions.

To learn more about Sean Cochran and his golf fitness training exercises and programs go to http://www.seancochran.com

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