Golf exercises can enhance your posture and overall physical and mental well-being. Even better, exercise can help your golf swing, and even your whole game, become more powerful and consistent. Here are six golf exercises to help you get a better swing, a straighter club face and increased distance:
Stagger Your Stance and Stance The Golf Ball
Your stance affects your stance. Having your weight more forward encourages power production and promotes a longer swing. For more loft, you may want to swing more forward. For more power, you might want to swing more back. Here’s a full description of the differences between stance width and “A” and “B” stance.
Take A Wider Stance
Because your shoulders and hips tend to round, the best position for your shoulders and hips is the widest one you can find. You can place a door frame behind you and keep your right elbow bent.
Swing until the ball passes under the frame. This causes your body to move almost completely backwards (on a screen, this would be a 10 to 12-degree angle). If you maintain your right elbow bend, you’ll have a good hinge (i.e., hinge back) that creates more torque on your hips, shoulders and golf club.
Add Excessive Weight To The Backswing
The backswing is a very efficient movement. So to move more than you think you can, increase the weight you use.
Start by swinging with 5 percent of your maximum club speed (i.e., your top clubs would be around 40-plus degrees of draw).
Swing this swing about five times, then go to 10 percent and finally get to 5 percent of your full speed.
This exercise will help build greater upper-body strength and improve your golf swing, along with everything in your life.
For Narrower Swings, Swing Wider
Think about the exaggerated, rapid-fire swing your body makes when you get angry.
Now, try this with a club face a bit narrower than your typical.
When you swing for a narrow face (1-degree angle to your path) you’ll feel your arms reach over and back (square your shoulders to the target) and your club will be wide.
Your arms will be caught in a hurry, and as you come down, your body will force the club down and backwards (though you’ll still swing around the ball) rather than in front of it, creating more distance.
On the other hand, if your club face is wider, the ball will move more under your path.
You’ll have a wider swing (excessive bend at the hips and open shoulders) and the club will be drawn back and rounded out (i.e., more shoulder and hip stiffness).
If your club face is narrow (normal swing path, 10 to 12 degrees), you’ll feel a very rapid, natural swing (i.e., equal bend in the hips and shoulders), along with your arms at your sides.
This exercise will help develop a tighter, more efficient golf swing.
Go Faster on The Downswing
Your backswing will probably slow down with the advent of modern golf technology.
The best way to get a faster backswing is to go faster on the way down. In other words, try to add speed.
As your club starts to lift, force it down toward the ball. Notice the slope of your swing at the top of the swing, and don’t allow it to slow down on the way down.
Keep that speed up all the way to impact and create more distance.
Take More Power
When you swing faster, you’re creating more torque on your hips and shoulders.
When you add more power, your swing will change. You’ll take a smaller shoulder turn (under your body) and you’ll feel your left knee bend first, rather than your right.
You’ll also reach more quickly, creating more time for the club to be in contact with the ball.
You’ll have a shorter, more explosive swing.
In the past, I would have recommended you work to increase your lower-body strength, which would have more powerful impact on your swing, however, this work now frees you up to work on your shoulders and hips. In other words, go faster, but go strong.