Getting good drives on the golf course is one of the most important aspects of decreasing your score and playing like the pros. However, putting power behind the ball isn’t always easy. Here are three simple workouts for golfers that will increase your drive, giving you the muscle needed to swing a hole in one.
Don’t forget that warming up is critical before working out. Anytime you’re doing workouts for golfers, make sure to slowly stretch and move your muscles to get them ready for the exercises.
Aerobics Ball Twist
This exercise uses a large aerobics ball. Start by sitting on the ball like you were sitting on a chair, with your feet flat on the floor and your knees at a 90-degree angle. Walk your feet out while sliding the ball up from your rear to your upper back. When you are in the correct position, your heels will be a couple feet from the ball, and the ball will be resting at or just below your shoulder blades.
To complete this exercise, clasp your hands together in a prayer-like position, and rotate your arms so your hands are pointing all the way to your left side. Then rotate your arms so your hands are pointing all the way to your right side. Repeat for three sets of ten.
For this exercise, you do not need any equipment. Simply lie on the floor with your legs together and your arms on either side of you, in the shape of a “T.” Then, put your feet flat on the floor, shoulder width apart. Use your feet and your core muscles to lift your backside off the ground. Start by only lifting your backside off the floor, and as you progress, you can use your core muscles to lift your entire back off the floor, so only the tops of your shoulders are touching the ground. Repeat for three sets of ten.
This exercise does not require any equipment either, and is an “oldie-but-goodie.” Your oblique muscles, or the muscles on either side of your abdomen, are critical for a powerful drive. Strengthen these muscles with a simple oblique crunch.
Lie on your back with your feet on the floor and your hands behind your head, in the same position as you would for a traditional crunch or sit-up. Then, lift your back and touch your right elbow to your left knee. Lie back down and repeat by touching your left elbow to your right knee. Repeat for three sets of ten on each side.
By strengthening your core and your upper back with these easy workouts for golfers, you can increase your drive and start playing more like the pros!
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