need to make sure their bodies are strong and flexible enough to use the new equipment at full force.
Shoulder strength is very important in gaining distance. Strong shoulders provide a solid foundation for the arms and club to swing around the body with more speed and control. The following exercises will help develop shoulder strength.
Internal Shoulder Rotation
The next exercise is geared for strengthening the internal portion of the rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder. These muscles provide stability to the shoulder joint and allow for its rotational motion throughout the golf swing.
Start by standing in an upright position. Grip the band/tubing with your right hand with your elbow bent at a 90 degree angle. Gently and slowly pull your fist to your stomach by rotating your right shoulder inward but be sure to keep your torso stable and spine straight so only your arm is rotating. Hold the end position for 1-2 breaths and then slowly release (4-6 seconds) the arm position back to the starting position. Repeat this exercise for 1-3 sets of 8-12 repetitions and perform this exercise with both arms.
External Shoulder Rotation
The purpose of the next shoulder exercise is to strengthen the outer portion of the rotator cuff muscles that allow the shoulder joints to rotate externally as well as to decelerate during the release and follow-through phase of the golf swing.
Start by standing in an upright position. Again with your elbow bent to 90 degrees, this time rotate your right shoulder joint outward by pulling your right hand away from your stomach as far as possible in a slow and controlled fashion (2-4 seconds) Hold this end position for 1-2 breaths and then slowly release (4-6 seconds) your hand back to the starting position. Repeat this exercise for 1-3 sets of 8-12 repetitions and perform the exercise on both shoulders.
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