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The Tour Report

March 21 2013

11:35 AM

Fitness: Kings and Queens of the swing

By Sean Cochran, Golf Fitness

The body is the foundation to the execution of a proficient golf swing. Certain levels of joint mobility, flexibility, segmental stability, muscular strength, endurance and power are required of the body in order to execute the athletic actions within the swing.

If the body is lacking in any of the aforementioned physical components, the ability to execute an efficient golf swing will most likely be limited. These physical limitations will typically lead to the development of compensations and swing faults.

That being said, it is imperative the amateur player address addresses the body as one aspect to game improvement. Looking at the process of game improvement via golf fitness training the “Kings and Queens” are two areas of the body which must be addressed.

The “Kings and Queens” are simply a reference to the musculature structures of the glutes and abdominals; the glutes being the “kings” and the abdominals the “queens”. The reason why these two muscle groups are classified with these titles is due to the importance they play in the execution of the golf swing.

The glutes are involved from the beginning to the end of the golf swing from postural positioning at address through rotary movements in the backswing, and onto speed generation in the downswing. The abdominals on the other hand play in an integral role in maintaining a fixed spine angle, stabilizing the torso, and allowing the hips to operate properly in the swing.

If these muscles groups are weak or inhibited the execution of the swing with maximum speed generation will be limited. Golf fitness exercises can be very valuable in the development of strength and removing inhibition from these muscles groups.

Two exercises I utilize in the strengthening and activation of both the glutes and abdominals with my Tour players are Lateral Tubing Walks and the TRX Suspension Trainer Pike. Tubing Walks focus on activating and strengthening the glutes whereas Pikes focus on core activation and strengthening.

As you can see from viewing the two videos above developing both the “Kings” and “Queens” of the golf swing are key components of the physical foundation comprising 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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