A Simple Hip Exercise for More Stability in Golf

Sway and Slide

One of the most common swing flaws we see among amateur golfers is too much lower body lateral (side-to-side) movement. When too much lateral movement occurs in the back swing it is called a sway. When it occurs in the downswing it is called a slide. Sway and slide are detrimental to both consistency and power of ball striking. Excessive lateral movement throws off correct sequencing, which makes it very challenging to achieve consistent ball striking and optimal energy transfer. Simple hip exercise stability golf

Strengthen Your Hips to Prevent Sway and Slide

Sway and slide can result from a number of different physical limitations. A lack of hip stability is one of the most common issues. One of the most important muscles for lower body stability is the gluteus medius, which is located just above the hip joint, right where your pockets are. A strong and active gluteus medius will prevent excessive lateral movement throughout the swing. More stability from stronger glutes allow you to properly coil and generate power within a stable posture. Luckily, for all of you swayers and sliders, strengthening the gluteus medius is simple and requires minimal equipment. The clam shell exercise is a great beginner exercise for any golfer hoping to be more consistent. Here’s how it’s performed:

Gluteus Medius

The Clam Shell 

The Reverse Clam Shell

Perform 2-3 sets x 15 reps of both clam shell and reverse clam shell everyday and you will feel your lower body working for you instead of against you in your swing.

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If you try these exercises and you find them to be too challenging or uncomfortable, do not continue, until you have consulted with your physician.  All exercises for golf should be customized to your needs after a proper evaluation.

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