Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Improve your Golf Game with these Exercises


The weather is great, big executives entertain their clients on the links and kids, women and men all over the world are hitting the driving range. For those of you who want to add some valuable yards off the tee and avoid those nagging golf injuries, here are some great exercises that will help you win the battle against Tiger Woods.

Back is one of the best exercises for golfers. Nearly every muscle in the back is employed during a swing. Seated Rows are a great way to strengthen the back. Three sets of 10 reps here will do the trick.

Strengthening your arms, triceps and shoulders will help you to increase the length of tee offs and other long range shots. Bicep curls, triceps dips and light shoulder dumbbell presses all at three sets of 10 reps is what Dr Funk prescribes.

The best golfers will tell you that without a solid base, their swing would crumble. Balance and strength in the thigh, calf and glutes will lead to a powerful, fluid swing.
Squats at three sets of 10 reps could not be any better to you with the foundation.

4. ABS
The rotation of the torso is enhanced by strong abs. Ab Crunches - three sets of 10 (try to increase reps every workout) will not only help with the swing, but you will also get that 6 pack that we all aspire to get.

It’s important for the golfer to complete a stretch that corresponds to the muscle he or she is working after doing their reps. And contrary to my workout beliefs, golfers should not use heavy weights. You can risk injury and get a bit too bulky for the sport.

There you have it. Whether you are preparing for the PGA/LPGA Championships, your local Golf Club Tournament or you just want to improve your game, strength training is essential not only to increase your power, but also longevity in the sport.
See you all at Augusta.

Have a healthy day and Don’t Rush the Beat!

Funk Roberts

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