Shoulder Lifting Exercises

By alk2310

Golf is not normally a sport that causes people to think of weight training, but top professionals such as Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington are now adding credence to the notion that it improves the distance of a golfer's shots and helps his overall game.
These days, no golfers would argue about the importance of having strong shoulders and just how big of a role their shoulders play in their golf swing. Those who add muscle mass to these body parts can have a definite advantage over golfers who do not. However, it is not as simple as doing any random shoulder exercise and immediately seeing results. Golfers need to know what exercises will be the most beneficial to helping them get better at their chosen sport.

Standing Shoulder Press

Hold a dumbbell in each hand at shoulder height with your palms facing forward. Lift the dumbbells straight up over your head, and then gently lower them back to the starting position. Do three sets of 10 to 20 repetitions. Remember, golfers do not need bulky shoulder muscles, so use a lower weight---no more than 25 pounds for men and 15 pounds for women.

Shoulder Shrugs

Hold a dumbbell in each hand and place them at your sides. This exercise is meant to increase shoulder flexibility, so you should use whatever weight is comfortable for you, as using heavier weights will not result in bulky shoulder muscles. Women should use weights between 20 and 30 pounds, while men can use weights between 30 and 60 pounds.
With the dumbbells at your sides, slowly raise and lower your shoulders in a circular motion to help strengthen mobility of the shoulder joint. Do three sets of 20 to 25 reps.

Standing Shoudler Fly

This exercise mimics the motion of a golfer's backswing and follow through. Use the same light weights for this exercise that you used for the standing shoulder press. Standing with a dumbbell in each hand, hold your arms at your sides. In one fluid motion, raise both of your arms to the side away from your body and slowly lower them back to the starting position. Make sure your elbows are locked while you raise the dumbbells, as having your elbows bent may cause you to compensate with your back muscles. Do three sets of 10 to 20 reps.

About The Author

Anthony is a freelance writer and amateur filmmaker. His work has appeared in various online publications, such as eHow and Golflink. He is currently a senior in college working toward graduating with a B.A. in English-Writing.

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