Do You Have the Core Strength You Need For Solid Golf?

Strength in this muscle group should always be one of your top physical priorities.

By Susan Hill

Everyone wants a firm midsection. For the golfer, it delivers much more than just a coveted physique. Stronger abdominal muscles convert to better balance and a more powerful swing. But, how do the abdominal muscles differ from the core? Think of the visual part of the stomach muscles you see as the outer layer of an apple. As you peel away the outside, you find a small piece inside called the core. Your body operates in a similar manner. The outside layer of your abs shows your form while the inside layer handles all the function.

Strength in these muscles are vital to a golfer’s stability and power. Stronger core muscles can also prevent injuries to the hips and back.

Those golfers with a weak core are often frustrated with the distance off their clubs. They may even feel a “twinge” in their lower back muscles because they lack good support from the opposing muscles of the core. Strength may be reduced overall and inconsistency sets in.

The golf swing relies upon core strength, endurance and proper engagement in order to see the true benefit of stabilization, control and coordination. Keep in mind, core conditioning is very important for a golfer because all movements in your entire body stem from the strength in this area. Wherever you find a weak core, you find a major source of energy leaks in the golf swing.

How strong is your core? Take the following test and let’s find out.

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent.
  • Place one hand underneath your lower back, then extend your knees to 90 degrees.
  • Press the lower back firmly against your hand.
  • Slowly lower your feet towards the ground by keeping the same tension on your hand.

    Which one of the following best describes what happened when you performed the exercises above:

    (A) Your lower back lifted and you could no longer feel any pressure on your hand.
    (B) Your lower back lifted and you could feel some pressure on your hand.
    (C) You were able to keep the same pressure on your hand throughout the movement.

    If you answered (C), congratulations! You are well on your way to developing the core strength you need for better golf. If you answered (A) or (B), start with some basic exercises as you learn how to properly engage and strengthen your core.

    Regardless of your current fitness level, strength in this muscle group should always be one of your top physical priorities. For more power, better balance and stability in your swing, core strengthening exercises are among the best activities you can pursue.

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