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
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
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
(A) Your lower back lifted and you
could no longer feel any pressure on your
(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
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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