Improve rotation in your upper back to protect your lower back
Before the start of any rotational movement in the golf swing, a golfer needs to get positioned into their setup stance over the ball. And to get into that proper setup position, you need to hinge your waist. This requires flexibility in your hips and flexibility in your hamstrings. Exercises like the Single-Leg Romanian Deadlift (SLRD), work to develop that flexibility while also helping to build core strength and, most importantly for this exercise, improve your ability to optimize rotation throughout your swing.
As Bill explains in the video, this exercise can be done by either rotating in your upper body OR rotating in your hips/pelvis. So, depending what area of rotation you want to focus on, you can cater the exercise to your needs—or better yet, practice this both ways to get the most complete rotational workout.
It’s also important to note that while this exercise can be quite challenging and require a high level of balance and mobility, SLRD can be regressed by using a chair. A chair will help you achieve the same objective while providing an easier way to maintain balance throughout the routine.
Watch the full video to see all the various ways you can practice SLRD: Thoracic Rotation. Find the method that works best for you, and move up to the more challenging techniques as you begin to master this helpful golf exercise.
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