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The Tour Report

January 15 2013

11:15 AM

Fitness: Strong core, stable swing

By Sean Cochran, Golf Fitness

Execution of a proficient swing requires the golfer to maintain certain postural positions, rotate around a fixed spine angle, and generate speed into the impact position. In order to complete these requirements of the swing, certain levels of joint mobility, muscular flexibility, and strength are needed within the body.

If the body is lacking flexibility or strength, executing a proficient swing will most likely be impeded, resulting in compensation patterns and swing faults in an attempt to overcome these physical dysfunctions.

That said, we are well aware of the need to be both flexible and strong in order to execute a proficient swing. One area of the body we continually discuss relative to the strength and the golf swing is the core.

The core is simply a reference to an anatomical area of the body consisting of all the structures from just above the knees to slightly below the chest. The core includes all of the muscles on the front, sides, and back of the body. Muscle groups such as the abdominals, obloquies, lower back, glutes, and hamstrings are considered part of the core.

Why is the core such an integral part of the golf swing?

The core plays a key role in the maintenance of a fixed spine angle, the postural positions required throughout the swing, and in the development of speed. As a result, it is imperative the golfer develop high levels of muscular strength and endurance within the core.

Numerous exercises can be utilized to develop core strength, one of which is the physio ball forearm roll out.

Golf Fitness Core Strength Exercise

As this golf fitness video demonstrates, exercises utilizing a physio ball or exercise ball are ideal to develop core strength for the golf swing.

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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