1 Quick Hip Stretch to Increase Flexibility and Strengthen Golf Swing

By Stan Sayers

1 Quick Hip Stretch to Increase Flexibility and Strengthen Golf Swing

Hi, I am Stan Sayers, Director of Instruction with McGetrick Golf Academy and today I have with me Dee Tidwell, our Director of Golf Fitness. We are going to talk today about how fitness can benefit your golf game. One of the things that we see as instructors a lot is that the student will swing back and on the downswing will do what we call early extension. While a lot of this can be trying to work under the ball and get the ball airborne, it is also produced by a flexibility issue, a fitness issue or just overall body issue. Dee is going to give us a way to do some exercises and strengthen that area.

Early Extension

Thanks Stan, I have on crucial stretch today for you. As the Director of Fitness here and the owner of Champion Golf Fitness, research has shown actually through the Titleist Performance Institute that 63 percent of players actually struggle with early extension. One of the key reasons for that is the lack of lead hip internal rotation. If you don't have ability to internally rotate as you come to impact and follow through your hips will go into more of a frontal kind of approach.

Hip Flexibility

One way we can solve that, before starting your practice session or playing turn your leg too in as far as you can without turning your hips. As far is it can possible go. Most of you will probably get about 25 degrees. We want to get 45 to 50 degrees. Turn that foot in so that it pointing off at 45, 50 degrees and then I want you to turn your hips in to that foot. You should feel a nice stretch through the hips, right through here, that is where the internal hip rotators are. As you do that hold this stretch for five seconds. Then I want you to push the foot out for five seconds, relax and then turn further. If you do that every time you will physically, and that is what is important, biomechanically, begin to eliminate this kind of thrust movement. That will create a more effective time spent with your instructor.


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