MJ GOLF Performance

Category: Golf Physical

From a fitness aspect, the golfer’s slice may be a direct result of the body being too strong on one side and too weak on the other. Most right-handed golfers show adequate strength on their dominant side but have trouble activating their less dominant left side.

The right-handed golfer is generally too strong on one side and as a result their set-up usually has the right shoulder taking over the address position. The left shoulder is then shoved to the left side producing an open set-up. As a result the club path works outside and across at the impact position.

To combat this many say to “just move your left shoulder across”. This is easier said than done. The physical problem is the left side of the right-handed golfer is less active and often has limited strength. Therefore it is often spun out of the way on the downswing or impact position.

To change the technique of your swing you have to change the physical fault. This doesn’t mean complete postural analysis – but just pinpointing the weak area. Slicers have weak left side muscles, so we design single-sided exercises to help balance the equation and improve the functionality of both sides of the golf anatomy.

With today’s lifestyle of sitting for long periods, driving your car for hours to-and-from work, etc. there is little chance that your posture will be perfect. To change what you have developed over your lifetime is a tall order, especially through generic stretches and exercises. So pinpointing specific strength limitations in your golf swing is the way to go.

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Regardless of your age, gender or skill level, there are many benefits of establishing and maintaining stability during all parts of your swing.

Stability swing faults are many, but quite often derived from a physical fault, namely the inability to control the “A-frame” – the area between the waist and the knees. If you have instability in this area, then consistent and repetitive swings are more difficult regardless of effort in practice or technique analysis. Common swing issues as a result of instability include sliding hips, over-rotation and reverse pivot, to name a few.

Many golfers seem to focus on the swing itself rather than the anatomy that supports it. Senior golfers, juniors, men and women all could complete golf-specific activating exercises, with their age and fitness level determining the intensity and programming. More golfers would reduce their terrible days (and scores) on the course simply by controlling the “A-frame” anatomy and it doesn’t require major time consumption or complex equipment. Continue reading

Stretching is an important part of your golf routine but it must be specific to your swing issues. Adding a specific strength training routine for your swing issues is the first step in reducing that handicap and playing at your best.

As a golf fitness trainer I am amazed by students I teach when they ask why they are not more consistent and are not hitting it further, despite lots of stretching but not necessarily using golf-specific activating exercises.

For decades, health professionals have saturated us with the idea that stretching is the main priority for all golfers. While stretching is important, when it comes to developing control and muscle endurance, golf-specific exercise is the key to changing your swing dynamics and performance results.

When you look at a golf swing as a whole, it’s a dynamic movement that roughly takes only 1 second, so you need your golf muscles to activate quickly. Stretching can make you feel loose or relaxed but sometimes can upset your normal golf swing’s range of motion or affect your timing mechanisms. If you were to combine the stretching and golf-specific activating exercises (vs stretching only as a form of pseudo activating golf exercises) you would find vast improvements in swing control and muscle endurance.  Continue reading

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