Basic Trunk Stretch for Golfers With Tight Hips

By Ramsay McMaster

Ramsay: Here are the first of two exercises you have to do to improve that movement Denis is trying to achieve in the golf swing. First of all what we want to do is get into this, what we call a ‘trunk stretch’ position. We can see that the knees are to the front, we want to keep as stable as we can. We also want to feel like the thighs are squeezing together so we get that inner thigh feel so we don’t get this over-movement in our hips.

Extension Exercise to Open Up the Hips

We then bring the ball above our head and we push the ball up to the sky so that we get the feeling of extension. And straightaway we can see Denis opens up this right side and we can actually feel the lower tummy muscles work in this extended position and the hips tend to get softer. As we move across to the side a couple things happen we got to keep checking, that the chin stays over the shoulders and that the shoulders don’t start to come off the plane like this as stated by Denis in that sort of position he was talking about earlier.

  • And we get across, open up the chest and we can really feel that open up on this right hand side. I would try and hold that for 15 seconds.
  • Once again, keep checking on the feet, make sure the thighs are staying stable, everything is staying together through the torso because that’s the area you want to work in your golf swing.
  • I would do 15 seconds to the right and then stop and 15 seconds to the left.

We will get Denis to stand up now and we’ll just get him to give us some feedback on how that feels as he swings. Denis: I feel like I’ve got more range, more stability through the mid section. Ramsay: Let’s move on to the second exercise now to really try and sequence these muscles and prevent these compensations.


Category: Stretching
Sub Categories: Fitness, Posture

About the Instructor

Ramsay McMaster
Ramsay McMaster
The Melbourne Golf Injury Clinic
1100 Dandenong Road
Carnegie, VIC 3163
Melbourne, Australia

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