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How to make your golf swing more athletic

Part of the reason professional athletes generate so much power and speed in their golf swing is because they figured out how to apply their own athletic skills to the golf swing. Develop a more athletic swing with help from Top 50 Fitness Instructor, Milo Bryant.

Bryant mentions the phases of throwing and how they directly relate to proper swing sequencing. The first phase he mentions is load up. While Bryant doesn't get too in-depth, it's clear that the movement is similar to loading up in the backswing. To complete this phase, Bryant loads all of this weight into his trail leg. As he does this Bryant remains stable and balanced, which is key in the golf swing too. The second phase Bryant talks about is open up, one of the most important phases in the sequence. Notice how Bryant's lead hip faces the target as he opens up. This is called hip lead action, and it's an essential part of starting the downward motion when throwing and in the golf swing.

"Think of it like a rubber band," Bryant says. As your hips drive forward this creates separation and tension between your upper and lower body. This disassociation causes your upper body to chase your hips and lower body through impact. Bryant refers to this snapping motion as the x-factor and explains that it's responsible for generating added power in the swing.

Practice proper hip lead action by using Bryant's throwing technique. Load into your trail leg, pointing your lead hip at the target and then stepping out with the same foot. This should help you feel a more exaggerated hip turn and engrain the movement into your swing.

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Continue tapping into your athletic abilities with Milo Bryant's Athletic Golf and groove a more instinctive swing. This brand new series from Golf Digest Schools with teach you how to use dynamic skills you already have from other sports to generate a faster swing and get golf-fit. Shake up your regular workout routine with Bryant's four-part program.

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