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February 23 2012

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Fitness: Creating the X Factor

By Sean Cochran, Golf Fitness

The “X Factor” is a term in modern day golf describing the separation between the lower and upper body during the backswing. The X Factor is a major power source and integral in the development of an efficient golf swing. In order to create an effective X Factor in which the body is “loaded” and ready to generate speed into the impact position, certain physical parameters within the body must be present in order to allow this “coiling action” to occur.

What we must recognize as golfers is that in order to execute a proficient golf swing where speed is generated and efficiently transferred to the impact certain physical parameters must be present within the body. If the body is lacking in the required levels of flexibility, mobility, stability, segmental strength, or power, the ability to execute an efficient golf swing will most likely be impeded. Torso Backswings

Such situations can lead to the development of compensations due to physical dysfunctions as well as make it difficult for golfers to place the body in positions conducive to the execution of a fundamentally sound golf swing.

If we look at what is physically required to create an X factor we see the golfer requires good lower body stability, mobility in the hips and thoracic spine, and a solid core. A golfer who has this aforementioned list of kinetic chain qualities has the physical foundation to create a solid X Factor.

A very cross-specific golf fitness exercise to assist in the development of the X Factor is Torso Backswings. This is a very good dynamic exercise to train the body how to create separation between the lower and upper body.

The exercise

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

To summarize, creating an X Factor requires a physical foundation rooted in lower body stability, hip and thoracic spine mobility, and a strong core. These physical components can be developed via golf fitness training.

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

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