Build a more powerful swing: Whole-body rotation exercise

September 01, 2020 12:00 PM

The Whole-Body Rotation exercise is the most fundamental rotational exercise for golf. It builds muscles in the core and hips that are necessary for generating high-speed rotational force. Additionally, it helps create muscle memory that is essential for a consistent, repetitive swing.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Stand sideways to the anchored tubing holding the grips in front of your body
  2. Turn your body toward the anchor point so the tubing has slack
  3. With a full-body turn, rotate your body away from the anchor point so the tubing builds up tension
  4. It's critical to rotate your body as one unit from the hips—think of your navel as the center point that first turns toward the anchor point and then away from it
  5. Attempt to master this rotational pattern first with slow, controlled speed
  6. Over time, you can pick up speed as well as use tubes that offer more resistance

Practicing this exercise will fine-tune a safe and efficient rotational pattern, as well as increase your body's ability to rotate with greater speed and power.

Key Takeaways:

  • The most basic fundamental rotational exercise
  • Builds the muscles in the core and hips necessary to generate high speed rotational force
  • Increases muscle memory so the muscles learn to easily fire in a coordinated pattern during the golf swing
  • Must be perfected before moving on to more complex rotational exercises

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