Shoulder strength exercises lead to better golf swing

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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.
There are many good shoulder-strengthening exercises available, but simply remembering four letters—Y, T, W, L—is a great way to strengthen both lead and trail shoulders throughout a full range of motion that is necessary for a great swing.
The golfer’s alphabet consists of four exercises that mimic the shape of the letters Y, T, W, and L. Each of these does a great job in taking the shoulder through dierent positions that the arms might be in during the golf swing.

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.

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Y: Standing in a golf posture or with stomach resting on a stability ball, let the arms hang, turn the thumbs toward the sky and lift up the arms, thus creating a Y. Slowly return arms to starting position and perform 10-15 repetitions.


T: Standing in a golf posture or with the stomach resting on a stability ball, let the arms hang, turn the thumbs toward the sky and lift the arms straight out to the side, creating a T.

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.


W: Standing in a golf posture or with the stomach resting on a stability ball, let the arms hang, bend the elbows to 90 degrees and turn the thumbs toward the sky.

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.


L: Standing in a golf posture or with the stomach resting on a stability ball, hold a club parallel to the ground with one hand at the top of the grip and the other on the shaft, just above the clubhead.

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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