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Why you should be doing single-leg training for golf

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Unless our body is prepared for the movements of the golf swing, it will be put under a lot of strain — or at least be limited on how well it can move through different ranges of motion. This is why preparing the body for golf is so important. Almost all golfers will benefit immensely from a program that trains the sufficient flexibility and strength to support a good, healthy movement. Preparing the body for golf is about having the ability to engage the right muscles and train the nervous system to fire those muscles in a specific pecking order to improve quality of movement. Exercises that challenge your body to work as a unit (where you are engaging the ground and firing your nervous system to maintain balance) are going to be a huge component when training your body for golf.

While making the golf swing, weight is not evenly dispersed on both legs. Our body works in all three planes of motion in the golf swing: saggittal (back and forth), frontal (side to side) and transverse (rotational). The pressure of our feet on the ground will move dynamically from one foot to the other, but also forward and back while we swing. It is for this reason that single-leg exercises are an incredibly important tool to train your body for golf. Single-leg exercises will both challenge golfers to coordinate their balance, and in doing so golfers will improve their ability to fire those muscles that need to engage to help move the body more efficiently during the swing.

The exercise I have chosen to share in this video below is one of my favorites because it is a combination drill that challenges the body to move in all ranges of movement. It will also challenge balance and coordination, helping golfers get their nervous system firing to engage those ever so crucial muscles they will need to fire to support golf swing.

Though like anything in life, consistency is the key to improvement. Keep up the hard work.

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Adam is a PGA Professional and TPI Certified Fitness and Medical Coach. He enjoys working with golfers of all ages and levels of expertise, and his approach is to look at every golfer as an individual to try to help them achieve their goals as effectively and efficiently as possible. He is also the author of two books: The Golfers Handbook - Save your golf game and your life! (available on iTunes and Amazon) And his new book, My Mind Body Golf Please visit the links below to find out more about Adams books. http://mymindbodygolf.weebly.com http://www.golfers-handbook.com "The golf swing may be built from the ground up, but the game of golf is built from the head down" - My Mind Body Golf Aside being an author, Adam is also a public speaker, doing workshops and lectures introducing concepts of athletic movement for golfers of all ages and levels of expertise.

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  1. Troy L Rambo

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    This helped me a great deal. Worked on it this weekend, playing with distance from the ball and figured out what works for me. Cool article!

  2. bob

    Jul 7, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Exercise???!!!!!! No way hosay…. all I want is a Golf Tip …!!!!!

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