Leg power is crucial to hitting a long ball. One of the best ways to develop leg power is by performing squatting exercises. Let’s be honest, traditional squats can get a little boring over the years and it can make a workout more fun if you shake things up a little by changing your regular routine. I thought this would be a great time to share an exercise that combines a squat with a turn. Remember, the golf swing is a full body motion it is important to mix in a few exercises that incorporate the different movement patterns that we perform while we play the game we love.
This squatting variant incorporates a twist at the bottom so it is important to warm up before hand by stretching your quads, hips and back. Keeping your stomach pulled in throughout the entire exercise will help support your back and teach you how to use your core to turn your body. Start in a standing position holding a 6-10lb medicine ball. Slowly squat and twist to the right so the medicine ball is on the outside of your right leg. Depending on your flexibility the ball will either be outside your knee, calf or ankle. Your chest should be turned to the right and your left shoulder will be over your right leg. Start standing up out of the squat and turn your chest and shoulder fully to the left as you reach over head with the medicine ball. Remember to release your right foot as you would in your golf swing. Perform 10-20 repetitions and then switch sides. It is important to train this exercise going both directions to maximize strength and balance.
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