Trust it or not, there are differences between men and ladies. No, not that! The methodology to golf.
Women normally hit from different tees. Why? Actually, the physical differences between men and women …. There you go again!
I’m discussing the way that men typically have more upper body strength than women. This will enable them to drive the ball further than women. There are exceptions, but think we can concur on these:
Here are seven tips to improve your golf
1. Balance: Try standing on each foot, one at a time for 30 seconds. For you more experienced exercisers there are lunges. Both will improve your balance.
2. Core: Work your abs (I propose crunches) slowly and controlled. Remember to be careful about your low back. Add a few crunches.
3. Upper body conditioning: No compelling reason to look like Ms. Olympia, but working the chest, back and shoulders could help those drives land a bit closer to the cup. Pushups (ladies style are OK but try to get those knees off the ground asap), lat pull downs or pull ups on a weight bearing machine and shoulder extensions or any variation of these movements. (Be careful about overhead presses. They can compress your spine.)
4. Torso rotation: Golf is about rotation. One practice that brings torso rotation and leg strengthening to the tble is rotatin the upper torso while performing the stationary lunge. Remember, always be sure that your front knee does not extend beyond your toes while lunging and that the knee is lined up between the big and next toe.
5. Shoulder strength: I suggest utilizing tubing or free-motion supplies to work your shoulders in all directions – external, internal and lateral. Refer to my book, The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Fitness for particular developments. Be sure to consult with a qualified professional.
6. Improved grip: This one may sound a bit silly but will make enhance your hold and make your finger joints solid and supple. Take a large Tupperware type container (big enough to fit your hand in) and add enough un-popped popcorn deep enough to cover your hand. Place your hand on top of the kernels and close your first around them. Try two sets of 15 reps each day.
7. Final tip:
Be sure to check with your doctor to see if this or any other exercise program is right for you.
Written By Robert Bresloff
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