Stronger Abs for Golf
Everyone wants a firm midsection. For the golfer, it delivers much more than just a coveted physique. Stronger abdominal muscles convert to better balance and a more powerful swing. Your abs are part of a group of core muscles, which also includes the back and glutes. Strength in these muscles are vital to a golfer's stability and power. Stronger core muscles can also prevent injuries to the hips and back.
The abs play an integral role in the core muscle group. Weaker abdominal muscles can place more work on the other core muscles, therefore reducing overall strength as well as open the door for possible injuries and strain. It's important as you work to strengthen your abs that you try to exercise in a manner that will have some carry-over to your golf swing.
Regardless of your current fitness level, strength in the core muscle group should always be one of your top goals.
Here are some exercises to help strengthen your abs and better prepare you for your next round of golf.
? Lie on your back with your legs bent on top of a Swiss ball. Find an area of the ball you can grip well with your leg muscles.
? Contract your abdominals and roll the ball up towards your chest
? Lift your hips off the ground using your abdominal muscles
Target initially for 1-2 sets of 10-12 reps each.
? Lie on the floor face up.
? Bend your knees until your legs are at a 45-degree angle with both feet on the floor.
? Your back should be comfortably relaxed on the floor with your hands behind your head.
?Contracting your abdominals, raise your head and legs off the floor toward one another.
? Slowly return to the starting position stopping just short of your shoulders and feet touching the floor.
? Keep your eyes on the ceiling to avoid pulling on your neck.
? Your hands should not be used to lift the head or assist in the movement.
Target initially for 1-2 sets of 10-12 reps each.
Remember, a stronger core can result in a more predictable, powerful and consistent golf swing.
Susan Hill is a CHEK golf biomechanic and President of http://www.fitnessforgolf.com. Her work is featured in Golf Illustrated, Resort Living and SELF magazine among others.
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