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Try this whole-body exercise to free up your swing
If you feel tight or restricted when you swing, you probably need mobility training and also some strength training to support more motion without risking injury. To combine both, consider adding Whole-Body Rotations to your fitness routine.
For this innovative exercise from GolfForever Founder Jeremy James, DC, CSCS, grab a resistance band and anchor it to something sturdy just above waist height. Stand close to the anchor at first, working your way out as you get stronger.
With your arms straight and both hands holding the band, check that your navel, sternum and hands are in line and face the band’s anchor. Pull your shoulder blades down and back and get into a slight squat. This is your starting position.
Now, rotate to the left, moving your torso as one unit. As you turn, pivot off your right foot to engage your glute muscles and drive your body through. The move should bring you from slightly squatted to standing, facing the left wall.
Turning with your whole torso, not just twisting your waist, complete 10 reps on each side. Your first few should be slow and controlled. As you get more comfortable, really drive off your back foot. To level-up, use a stronger band or stand farther from the anchor to increase resistance.
Watch the video with Jeremy James below:
For more golf-specific exercises from Jeremy James, DC, CSCS, check out his fitness series “Weekend Workouts,” in Golf Digest Schools now. Fast-paced routines designed for golfers who can’t squeeze in fitness during the week.
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