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Shape Up Your Golf Swing

By: , – By - Kyle Stack, of That's Fit
7/13/2011 6:00 AM   :  3 comments   :  4,870 Views

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As golfers gear up for the new season, many will be struck by how rusty their swings feel. 

In order to get back into a golfing rhythm while helping prevent an injury on the driving range or course, here are five core principles of the golf swing. Each tip is accompanied by an exercise that helps one physically master it.

Grip
Bill McInerney Sr., a former professional golfer who's the founder of McGolf, Ltd. in Dedham, Mass., said the key to a good grip is to hold the club with the same tension as you would throwing a baseball or football.

McInerney often notices golfers who hold the club in their palm, rather than their fingers, the latter of which allows for greater control of the club on the backswing.

Try an inverted row to build finger strength, said Anthony Connors, the Director of Sports Performance at the golf fitness club Drive 495 in New York City. Accomplish the horizontal pulling motion by lying underneath a barbell and pulling your chest up to it.

Balance
The key is to maintain good balance when standing over the ball. "Your lower body works faster [in a swing]," McInerney said. "If your lower body isn't balanced, then your shoulders will come back on the ball. You'll be out of the swing plane."

Try a single-leg balance exercise while in a golf stance. Connors advised to balance on one leg in a stance you would use to hit a 7-iron. Keep your back in golf posture and make sure there is slight knee bent. Stay balanced for 20 seconds on each leg for two sets apiece.

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Which tip will help you the most the next time you play golf? What is your best golf tip?


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Comments

  • 3
    I've never played golf. - 7/14/2011   12:17:28 AM
  • 2
    Don't be looking up for the ball. Your head will naturally come up after you make contact w/ the ball.

    Also, be sure to bend your knees some. Even me...who is 5'0" still has to bend my knees!! :) - 7/13/2011   3:29:56 PM
  • 1
    I've always recommended to my students that if they want to improve their golf swing, they need to take pilates to increase their core strength. Most people don't realize how much core strength is needed for a good swing.

    - 7/13/2011   10:48:56 AM

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