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Where To Concentrate Your Golf Excercise

Jun 24, 2008
You walk into your local health club. You look at all the fancy treadmills and intimidating machines at the facility to get you shape. What are you supposed to do? Should you run/walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes? Should you push out a couple sets of bench presses? The answer to your question really lies within the connection between your swing and your body.

With advances in modern technology, we now know better than ever what is required of the body to produce a proper golf swing. Armed with that information we can develop what the best exercises for your golf swing that are the best for you to improve your golf game and lower your handicap.

We know that the entire body must move through certain ranges of motion to perform an effective golf swing. If your body is not able to move through the required ranges of motion of the golf swing, the golf swing will suffer. This will result in golf shots that are not at your target. Flexibility exercises are good for all golfers. More specifically, flexibility exercises that work the muscles used during the golf swing. This means that first and foremost flexibility exercises should be on the top of your list.

Balance exercises are also beneficial to the golf swing. Knowing the importance of balance in the golf swing, how can we train our body for better balance during our golf swing? A discussion with any top teaching professional will eventually lead to a discussion of balance. You must be balanced at address, the top of your golf swing, through impact and during your finish position.

What is balance? Balance is the ability to control your body through a specific movement pattern or your golf swing. In relation to your body, balance has to do with the connection between your nerves and muscles. As a result of messages sent from your brain, your nervous system tells your muscles how to move to maintain the body's balance. The more efficient your nerves and muscles are to these messages, the greater balance abilities the body develops. Balance exercises train both the nervous system and muscular system to create a more efficient golf swing. There are many swing aids that will help you with your balance during your golf swing.

Of course, the muscles of your body move through a very specific range of motion and are utilized to keep your balance during your golf swing. Your body needs certain levels of strength and endurance to perform these actions. A good working definition of strength for us to use is the ability of the muscles to exert force for the given athletic action. Endurance is the ability of your muscles to do the same activity over and over again for a specific amount of time. A weighted club will help you build muscle as well as a repeatable swing.
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Max Johnson writes for VGS Golf. For more on junior golf lessons and instruction or golf fitness.
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