Core Exercises To Improve Your Golf Game

Golf is an ageless game, appealing to the young and the young at heart.  And while you may not equate traditional golfers with today's gym rats, studies have shown that following a strength training routine can help players on all levels improve their performance. After looking at how to strengthen your legs to improve your long game, today we're going to look at strengthening your core to help increase control and decrease injury risks.

Core Exercises to Improve Your Golf Game with Cybex

Back & Core Exercises for Golfers

Core muscles make up a key area of the body that helps keep you balanced in any sort of activity. It’s an important part of a chain of events starting with the legs and ending with the club contacting the ball, and beyond, by controlling deceleration after impact. It’s not more important than other aspects, but should not be overlooked either.

Besides being mentally strong, golfers need a strong body. The torso is a very important part of the golf swing. Having a solid torso ensures power, stability and good posture. The legs are usually thought of as the most important part of the body used in the golf swing. These two parts of the body work together to provide the power for the swing.

–Charlotte McLoughlin

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Why Work the Back and Core for Golf?

  • Better postural control during your swing
  • Improved balance while on the golf course

2 Back & Core Builders to Try

  1. Torso Rotation: 2 sets of 8-12 reps
  2. Back Extension: 2 sets of 8-12 reps

Everyone will have their own “sweet spot” for training based on their body, age, experience, and overall health, all of which will evolve over time. 

Disclaimer

Cybex is a provider and manufacturer of premium commercial fitness equipment. Content featured in the Cybex Fitness Blog is meant to inspire healthy living and wellness and should not be taken as medical advice. As always, be sure to consult a physician if you are unsure of your individual exercise readiness or have a pre-existing medical condition. While these programs offer great benefits, there are many considerations that should be weighed before attempting any type of physical activity.

Comments (2) -

  • Jeff Beal

    2/2/2016 2:12:22 PM |

    BJ Corey,

    While those two exercises on a machine are fine, I think that more effective exercises in strengthening the core by activating more muscles would be a body weight exercise such as Supermans,  medicine ball rotational throws, medicine ball slams, cable wood-chops (Bravo is effective here) and more advanced movements such as a Turkish Get Up (requires kettlebell) and Landmine rainbows.

    Obviously exercise such as Squats and Deadlifts work nearly the whole body and are very good at strengthening the core. And certain types of squats such as the Goblet Squat or Suitcase Deadlift, require only a kettlebell or dumbbell.
      
    Jeff

  • Paul

    9/25/2016 6:44:28 AM |

    As a physiotherapist I would recommend lying on a 36" cylindrical foam  roller positioned along your spine from occiput to sacrum.  Bend your knees and Narrow your feet and practice moving one leg, one arm, etc. almost anything to challenge your balance .  Search foam roller balance exercises for more.  If you're weak in your core, cybex or free weights will only cause your already strong superficial muscles to get stronger, increasing the disparity between your core and your superficial musculature.  

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