Power can be elusive to golfers. Is true power generated through technique, strength or something more? Every golfer wants more power, more distance and more consistency. Here are 3 ways to generate the kind of power you have only dreamed of…until now.
Every time you swing the golf club, you rotate around your spine. So, what does this have to do with power? Power is generated every time you stabilize your hips to make a full backswing with spinal rotation. Most golfers have heard of the X factor. This, of course, refers to the differential between the movement in your hips and your spine. Increase your (controlled!) spinal rotation and a new sense of power will be released.
Your body’s “core”, the area around your trunk and pelvis, is where your center of gravity is located.
The core is the power zone providing support to your spine. This is where all movement begins. When you have good core stability, the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen work in harmony.
A well-developed core allows for improved force output, increased neuromuscular efficiency, and decreased incidence of overuse injuries. A weak core can make you susceptible to poor posture and injury.
Plyometrics are any exercise where the muscle is contracted eccentrically then immediately, concentrically.
Put simply, the muscle is stretched (i.e. loaded) before it is contracted, a good example is medicine ball horizontal twists and standing golf swings.
According to a study published in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) journal, amateur golfers significantly increased their driving distances after just eight weeks of strength training while incorporating plyometrics. Their results show that the mean driving distance increased 4.3% for the combined training group, with mean club head speed increasing 1.5%.
Once you incorporate these 3 techniques into your exercise program, you’ll soon start seeing the difference in your swing power and drive distances.
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