Downward Wood Chop with Medicine Ball

By Patrick Foley

The downward wood chop exercise is a workout that helps to increase the power of a golf swing. The importance of this exercise is to do it explosively. This will help to increase swing speed, which will increase distance on all of your shots. It will also condition the body to be used to the movement of the swing and increase the power involved in the motion. Here are a few tips that can be used when performing the exercise and how to complete it correctly.

Starting Position

Start with the medicine ball to the right and above the head and then rotate your body the way of your natural backswing. Try to keep your feet in position and just rotate the torso and shoulders. Hold in this position.


Now bring the ball down and through from right to left much like a swing's movement. This is also like an axe when coming through the body, hence the name "the wood chop." Focus on coming down and through explosively.


The finish of this exercise will be when you have moved down and through. Then you should be in a position where the ball is outside of the left knee and the legs are bent. The body should also be slightly turned to the left, much like the finish of a golf swing. This exercise will help to give more explosive and muscular strength that can be directly transferred into a golf swing. Complete three sets of 12 for both sides.

About The Author

Patrick Foley is a writer from Phoenix, AZ. He is a sports fanatic and loves football, golf, and track. He has been writing for Golf Link for almost a year. He is a college football player at the University of Pennsylvania. He is enrolled in the Wharton Business School.He has have a wide set of skills in writing and marketing.


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