October 24, 2011

Getting To The CORE

The golf swing starts with core stability, then adds in the elements of strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Core conditioning is very important for a golfer because all movements in the upper and lower body are tied together, supported, and coordinated by your core.

One of the hottest words in the fitness industry especially regarding sports performance is CORE. The core is where the body`s center of gravity is located, and it is where movement begins. Because all movement begins at the core and then progresses out to the arms and legs, core strength is essential. The core acts to produce force, it stabilizes the body to permit other musculature to produce force, and it`s also called upon to transfer energy.

Golfer’s should be aware of the type of equipment to use in order to get the best results. Exercise equipment like pulley systems, free weights, and exercise/ medicine balls provide far more neurological advantages than your typical exercise machine. Not only is the core challenged to fatigue with non-machine equipment, but you can recruit more muscle groups in two or three planes of motion compared to one with machines.
Most people have a very weak core, and as a result, chronic posture problems. Over time, this can lead to damaged spinal ligaments or intervertebral discs. An athlete with a weak core is vulnerable to injury and will never be efficient in their sport. These weaknesses must be reversed in order to promote proper health and function.


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The following exercises will help you get started on effective core development.

Crunch – Lie on the floor facing up with knees bent. Place your hands behind your head or across your chest and crunch forward. Contract the abdominals to raise the shoulders off the floor, pause and lower.

Twisting crunch – Identical to the crunch except as you crunch up you rotate the shoulders to alternating sides.

The Hover – Begin by lying on your stomach with legs extended. Place elbows directly beneath your shoulders with hands reaching forward. Push your body up onto your toes and elbows. Pull navel up and towards your spine. Do not allow your low back to drop towards the floor. Try and hold this position for 30 seconds to start.

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