A good golf swing starts with a good setup.
However, when you have poor posture from sitting at a desk all day it can be difficult to find the right setup to smash drives and do your best.
This is where the functional fitness trainer Morgan Hale comes in. During this month’s Home Fitness program, Hale is focused on exercises designed to help you achieve a better setup so that you can swing more freely and add strength to the tea.
Your posture could ruin your golf swing – but it’s not too late to fix it
The first week of their program is all about posture. Each exercise is designed to help you activate the right muscles for a correct setup, which will allow you to rotate freely and find better positions in your swing.
So if you want to easily add a few feet more to your swing, stick with Hale’s program and watch the video above.
First week training: Better posture
1. Hip joint: Take a golf club out of your pocket and place it over your hips. Holding the club in this position, move your hips back to drill a correct hip joint sequence. This exercise targets your rear chain, so you should feel it in your glutes, hamstrings, and your lower back. Do three sets of 10 repetitions.
2. Flexion of the standing trunk: Place the same golf club in front of you while maintaining the same hip joint position that you just practiced in Exercise 1. Slide your hips back while keeping your spine neutral. Hold this position for ten seconds. This strengthens your rear chain and provides stability and balance when swinging the golf club. Do three sets of 10 repetitions.
3. Pull apart: If you are one of the many golfers who suffer from the C-posture or excessively rounded upper back and shoulders, this exercise is for you. Stand in front of you with your arms outstretched and point your thumbs up at the ceiling. Pull your arms apart by squeezing your shoulder blades together. Then, hinge on your hips and drop your arms so they hang in your natural setup position. Do three sets of 10 repetitions.
4. Pelvic slope: If you don’t have a C-posture, but are one of the many golfers who have a curve in your lower back on the S-Posture, this exercise is for you. It will also help you learn proper sequencing and how to use your core in the golf swing. In a hinge position, pull the club toward your belly button with a golf club pressed against your hips. You should feel your abs and obliques. Do three sets of 10 repetitions.
If you do these exercises as directed a few times a week as directed, you can perfect your setup and get on your way to perfecting your swing.