Hamstring Strengthening Exercise to Improve Golf Swing Posture
Hi, I am Stan Sayers, Director of Instruction at McGetrick Golf Academy and I am here today with Dee Tidwell, our Director of Golf Fitness and the owner of Champion Golf Fitness. Today we are going to talk about posture and how you can use posture to benefit your game. Dee is going to give us a stretch for you to be able to get in to good posture.
In posture we are trying to create a stability that we can turn and swing the club around without losing posture. One of the things I am going to do is I am going to turn my club upside down, touch the bottom of my spine with my clubhead and my head with the grip, tilt over and release my head. Now as my fingertips hand straight down, they hang over the edges of my toes, my back is flat, it is not S shaped, it is not rounded. This is what we see most times as instructors, a rounded back. It is very hard to turn around a position like this. It is hard to turn this rounded shape, much easier to turn a straight back. Now from this position I am stable. Dee is not going to push me over, I am really solid, and as I swing I am not going to lose my balance. It also enables me to hold my balance through the golf swing and maintain my posture. Dee is going to give us a stretch to help us do that.
Warming Up the Hamstrings
Just like Stan said, one of the biggest thing people do as far as set up is a poor posture, we call it a C posture, it kind of looks like a regular old letter C. The butt is tucked, we called this a posterior pelvic tilt versus and anterior pelvic tilt which is more ideal, kind of a neutral set up. One of the reasons we get that posterior pelvic tilt is we have tight hamstrings.
One of the ways you can stretch out your tight hamstrings before you practice or before you play your round is to either sit on a bench or if you don't have a bench or rock you can sit on just stand up, reach your leg out, put your toe up, bring it towards your shin, squat down, use your club for balance and lean forward sticking that butt out. Don't stretch it like this with your C shaped back, although some of you will be that tight so you won't have a choice. You will get a nice little calf stretch and hamstring stretch. Of course you can use something like a cart seat to put your foot on and lean forward, all the while it is important to hip hinge to get that good hamstring stretch. If you do that it will begin the process of allowing you to slowly restore a normal and good set up position.