In Season Golf Fitness Training
It is at this time that you begin playing more and that your fitness program
should become secondary. Your valuable time should be focused on practice. There
are however, a few physiologic parameters that you can work on during this time.
This is an excellent time to continue improving or maintaining your flexibility
as well as improving your motor control/core stability.
Motor Control/Core Stability is enhanced through anchoring exercises,
which are designed to build the functional relationship of each joint to its
related muscles. This phenomenon is illustrated by Michael Jordan soaring
through the air from the foul line to one of his patented dunks. As Michael
makes his way to the hoop, his lower body moves in one direction, his head in
another and his arms in yet another.
Have you ever wondered where his anchor is, and from where the movement is
initiated? The answer is that as he moves through the air he dynamically
stabilizes his center, and using it as the keystone to his movement.
The greater the muscle’s ability to work, separately and collectively with its
related joints, increases the body’s ability to maintain correct alignment
throughout the performance of any movement pattern, especially throughout a golf
swing. This stabilization is started from the center of your body, referred to
as your “core.” Core stabilization is vital to the performance of many athletic
The ability to contract your trunk musculature is essential to providing a
stable base from which your extremity musculature can pull. Not only is
establishing this stable base important from a strength perspective, but also
from a motor control perspective. Mastering the ability to instinctively
contract your core muscles will significantly improve your chances of being able
to replicate your golf swing over and over.
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