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Tired of chunking shots? These 3 exercises will help

November 11, 2016

If you hit more than your fair share of fat and thin shots, the problem might not solely be technique. The root cause is often poor muscle function in the hips and glutes, which causes you to sway or slide during the golf swing. While lateral movement isn't necessarily a bad thing, it does make it harder to hit the ball in the sweet spot. Especially if the lateral movement is excessively away from the target.

"It's OK to move laterally, but only toward the target," says Brandon Stooksbury, teaching pro at Idle Hour Club in Macon, Ga., and one of Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers. "If you're going the other way, remember than 80 percent of your weight is gotta be on the front foot at impact. Swaying away from the target makes that a lot more of a challenge."

So while you're working on your golf swing, remember to also get in the gym and do three key exercises to help prevent your body from doing what your mind knows it shouldn't. Watch the video to learn how to hit more shots in the sweet spot.