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The importance of multi-directional training for golf

Don’t fall into the trap of only training in the direction of your swing. Your body—and your game—will suffer.

A lot of golfers think the best way to improve power and distance through exercise is to only perform exercises that directly mimic the golf swing (i.e. only rotational exercises)—and only in the direction of their swing (righties going right, lefties left). This is a costly mistake. Even though golf is a unidirectional movement, training in both directions is crucial.

A body that's symmetrical and balanced is the one that's most resilient to the wear and tear associated with the golf swing and also the most adept at generating rotational force. Performing movements (such as the golf swing) and exercises on only one side or in only one direction will create asymmetries and imbalances in the body over time.

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Create a strong, balanced swing by training your body for multi-directional movement.

These imbalances manifest in ways such as short, tight muscles on one side of the body, joint compression in specific areas, and overdeveloped muscles in other parts of the body—all of which cause joint damage and pain. Performing exercises in both directions and on both sides of the body will keep your body flexible and mobile. Both of which lead to a more powerful swing and help prevent injuries and relieve pain.

While it will likely feel uncomfortable at first, make sure to perform rotational exercises in both directions when you train, and to always work on shoulder, hip, and upper back mobility on both sides of your body. Below are some of GOLFFOREVER’s key rotational exercises that should be performed in both directions to achieve your goals.

Split-Squat Backhand

Rotating Split-Squat Backhand

Split-Squat Backhand is a great exercise to build rotational power and to build strength in the shoulder. Additionally, it works to groove movement patterns that will translate directly to your golf swing.

Standing Cable Circles

Standing Cable Circles

One of the best exercises to create core strength for rotational control to prevent damage to your back and joints. While this exercise may look incredibly simple, it is quite challenging. The core muscles are designed to stop movement, not initiate movement. And Standing Cable Circles is a natural and effective way to to activate—and strengthen—your core muscles.

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