Now that spring has officially sprung, it is time to get the golf clubs out and dusted off. Throughout the year, Shaun Barnes, PGA Professional at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, will be sharing golf tips, golf fitness tips, and random golf anecdotes with our readers.
Through many discussions with Shaun’s golf students, increasing DISTANCE is one key to improving success on the golf course. As a result, Shaun plans to focus on adding distance to your golf game through improving your body and has this timely tip to share.
Having the ability to separate the pelvis from the shoulders is an important skill to have. When the pelvis is able to separate from the shoulders at the beginning of the forward swing (downswing), you are able to generate more coil and therefore increase speed.
- Begin in a mid-iron posture with arms crossed in front of your chest
- Slowly turn your pelvis and hips to the right and back to the left without moving your shoulders and chest.
- Do this exercise in front of a mirror to make sure your shoulders and chest do not move with your pelvis and hips.
- Begin in the same starting position, but this time your will be keeping your pelvis and hips still while you move your shoulders and chest.
- When you are bale to perform these exercises easily you can create the potential for greater power on the downswing and greater club-head speed at impact.
If any of you have any questions about the performance of the exercises please click HERE to email Shaun or call 916-808-2531 to book a lesson. Spring has sprung and now is the time to get the golf game and body into shape!
Next month’s exercise tip directly relates and follows pelvic and core disassociation, the plyometric golf throw. Stayed tuned and practice how you play.
-this exercise comes from the book Golf Anatomy, by Craig Davies. Click HERE for information on purchasing this book through Amazon.