In my previous post, the importance of mobility was discussed for improving ones ability to get to the lead side. Since we now know how far the hips can move, let us learn how to reach the end of the road. It is pointless to have a map in hand without a destination to go. We will begin by doing a drill called the Side Lying Clamshell. lying on your side with the knees and hips at a 45 degree angle. Keeping the hips steady, seperate the knees as far as you can go before the hip begins to roll back. Repeat this move for a total of 40 times both sides.

To use this strength in a more functional manner, the Half Kneeling Rotation drill is best to train the hip with the force of gravity working against us as it would in the golf swing. Start by kneeling on one knee with the arms holding a golf club overhead. Keeping the lower body still, rotate the upper body to the right and then to the left. Be sure to maintain a long axis through the spine. A common mistake is to ‘corkscrew’ the arms or bend backwards as you rotate. The stick should remain level to the floor at all times and the chest should be stuck out like a proud golfer. This drill should be done for 10 to 15 repetitions and repeated on both knees.

Eric Cressey states that you can only generate as much power as you can stop. What he means is you will likely not drive your sports car 100 mph without having the brakes to stop you before hitting the wall ahead of you. In my next post, we will discuss how to generate more power in the golf swing by training our body to slow down. I know what you are thinking, ‘but I want to go fast.’ I will explain next time why the ability to slow (or control) the body is a necessary part in speed generation.

 

Contact Ryan directly at [email protected] with any questions in regards to the body in the golf swing or golf fitness training. 

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