Top Medicine Ball Exercises For Golf

By Patrick Foley

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Medicine ball exercises are a great way to increase power and distance on all golf swings. Professional golfers such as Tiger Woods and Camillo Villegas have begun to put emphasis on physical strength and fitness. Medicine ball exercises are a great way to increase personal strength and have it translate to a more powerful and longer golf swing.

Russian Twists

Russian twists are a common exercise that will build core and oblique muscle strength. Lay on the small of your back and upper butt. Your chest will be off the ground as well as your legs. Tuck the legs in so that your knees are bent and the abdominal muscles are contracted. Then, rotate your upper body side to side and touch the medicine ball on the ground. This will be much like the rotation of a golf swing, and will be extremely useful to your power. Do three sets of 25 reps.

Side Throws

Use a wall or partner and throw the ball from one side of your body and release it on the opposite side. Stand with your knees bent and rotate your torso back. Then explosively release the ball through. This exercise is much like the rotation of a golf swing and will help to build power and explosiveness which can lead to increased club speed. Do three sets of 10 for each side.

Back Throws

Back throws are a simple throw where you take the ball and hold it between your legs. Then, explosively jump upward and throw the medicine ball back and up over your head. This will increase back strength and explosiveness. It will also help with strength so that the strain put on the back in a golf swing is not a problem. Do three sets of 10 reps.

Toe Touches

Toe touches are a common abdominal exercise that will be much more strenuous but also more beneficial with a medicine ball. In this exercise, lift your legs off the ground and point them toward the sky. Raise the ball to your toes and touch them. Then, bring the ball back behind your head on the ground and repeat. Focus on keeping the legs up and the abdominal muscles contracted. Do three sets of 20 reps.

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.