Shoulder strength exercises lead to better golf swing
|SHOULDER STRENGTH, particularly in the posterior aspect of the shoulder, is an important part of the golf swing. Lead shoulder strength is important in order to control the club into impact and toward a good, full follow-through.
Trail shoulder strength is critical in getting the club into a good position at the top of the backswing and ensuring an inside-out swing path.
These exercises can be done in the gym with the use of a stability ball or simply in one’s address position, thereby creating a great warm-up on the range or before a round. In addition, by utilizing all four movements, one can strengthen all the muscles around the shoulder joint, including the prime movers and those responsible for stabilizing the area. This creates better arm function throughout the swing and minimizes risk of injury.
Be sure to keep the neck relaxed and focus on squeezing the muscles between the shoulder blades. Slowly return arms to starting position and perform 10-15 repetitions.
Keeping a 90-degree angle at the elbow, touch elbows in front and then move them as far apart as possible, squeezing muscles between the lower part of shoulder blades. Slowly return arms to front and touch elbows and repeat. Perform 10-15 repetitions.
Bring up the club as if lifting something toward your chest, making sure the elbows stay wide. Once the elbows are in a straight line with one another and the shoulders, rotate the arms so that the club is directly above the head. Reverse the motion and lower the club back toward the ground. Repeat 10-15 times.
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