Health & FitnessJune 23, 2011

Fitness Friday: 2 exercises to get your swing in sync

*Editor's note: Every week my colleague Ron Kaspriske, Golf Digest Fitness Editor, presents Fitness Friday on the Instruction Blog. This week he shows you two exercises that are great for your golf swing to help your muscles work in harmony. Look for Saturday Morning Tip tomorrow, and remember to follow me on Twitter @RogerSchiffman.

Roger Schiffman

Managing Editor

Golf Digest *

Here's Ron: If you watched Rory McIlroy's performance in the U.S. Open, then you probably saw one or two slow-motion replays of his golf swing. Even tour pros salivate when they watch the fluid and near-perfect technique he demonstrates on nearly every swing. Years and years on the driving range certainly helped McIlory get to where he is today, but another reason is his ability to coordinate body movements to produce an extremely effective golf swing.

Most people go to the gym and purposely isolate muscle groups as they work out. They do arm curls and squats and bench presses, etc. Then they go home. If you're playing golf, that #iframe:||| type of workout will not help your golf swing. You need to train your muscle groups to work together. The golf swing is a sophisticated movement requiring lower-body and upper-body coordination. At no time during the swing is one muscle group working in isolation.

To improve your golf swing, Golf Digest fitness advisor Ralph Simpson suggests incorporating multi-faceted exercises into your gym routine to help train your muscles to work better together. To see me demonstrate two, click on the video below.

*Ron Kaspriske

Fitness Editor

Golf Digest

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