5 Best Exercises for Golfers Who Want to Stay in Shape

Think purchasing expensive golf clubs will increase your handicap and the distance of your drive? Nope. It’s your overall strength and flexibility that improves your game and swing.

Now, you don’t need to be in perfect shape to play golf, but improving your core strength will definitely increase your stability and control.

Here are five best exercises to improve your overall game while ensuring you stay in great shape.

5 Most Effective Exercises to Improve Your Golf Game

Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, being supple and flexible are important attributes for any golfer. Here’s how to be consistent in your strokes and ensure you gain distance.

  1. Front Plank

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Although challenging, this is one of the best exercises to activate your core muscles and promote strength and stability in your torso.

To perform a front plank, you need to:

  • ● Lie face down on a mat and place your palms flat against the floor.
  • ● Roll your shoulders onto your back, keeping them away from your ears, tuck your toes under and push away from the floor.
  • ● Pay attention to your stomach as it must be flat and your core needs to be engaged.
  • ● Hold this position for 20 to 60 seconds and release back to the floor.
  • ● Repeat three to five times to achieve the best results.

 

  1. Side Plank

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For a side plank, lie on your side with your legs stacked on top of one another.

  • ● Rest your body on your forearm with your shoulder directly over your elbow.
  • ● Lift your hips and ensure your body is in a straight line.
  • ● Hold this position for 20 to 60 seconds, then lower yourself back down.
  • ● Repeat three to five times on each side.

Combine front and side planks for the best results.

  1. Squats

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Squats help strengthen the lower body and mainly target glutes and thighs (hamstrings and quadriceps). Calves, ankle mobility, and core stability and strength play important roles in this exercise too.

  • ● Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your back straight. Keep your toes pointing out in a slight line. Extend your arms in front and squeeze your glutes to ensure your pelvic region is in symmetry.
  • ● While keeping your back straight, engage your core and thrust your buttocks out while squatting until your hips are below knee-level. Your body’s weight should be on your heels and not on your toes.
  • ● Hold this position for five seconds before returning to a standing position.
  • ● Repeat 15 times in three sets.

 

  1. Glute Bridges

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Your glutes are an important set of muscles when it comes to swinging your club. They help you maintain your balance during lessons and are a great source of power.

  • ● Lie down on the floor with your face looking towards the ceiling.
  • ● Keep your knees bent at 90 degrees with your feet flat against the ground.
  • ● Squeeze a rolled-up towel between your knees.
  • ● Engage your glutes and bridge your hips towards the ceiling so only your heels and shoulders stay on the ground.
  • ● Lower your hips to the ground and repeat the movement 10 times.

 

  1. Lateral Lunges

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Lateral lunges can greatly improve your range of motion, the power of your hips and overall strength by engaging them in the frontal plane with side-to-side movement.

  • ● While keeping a straight posture, take a step to your left and shift your weight to that side.
  • ● Only your left leg will be bent while the right one will be extended to the right.
  • ● Your toes must stay pointed straight.
  • ● Alternate your legs and perform eight to twelve repetitions. Rest for 30 seconds and repeat up to three times.

Remember, when conditioning yourself to perform better at golf lessons and tournaments, consistency is key. By including a regimen focusing on flexibility, strength and stability, you will perform better on the course. We hope you’ve found this post useful and that these tips help you develop as a golfer.

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