Rotational power can be increased by adding chest strength which is important for creating a consistent swing you can trust, however developing the ability in the gym can often times be tricky. The problem lies in the fact that we either make exercises too simple and are not challenging ourselves enough or we try an exercise that is too difficult and we cheat our way through thinking we are doing it correctly. Neither option is good, this month I wanted to put a simple twist on an old exercise, the chest press. Your pecs are big players in allowing you to rotate and developing power for your swing. If you pecs are too tight they can make it difficult to turn. If you don’t have a lot of strength in your pecs you may rely too much on your hands to generate club head speed.
This exercise requires either rubber tubing or a cable cross machine and a pad to kneel on, we have them in the fitness center. Using the cable cross, lower the pulley to shoulder height (if you are kneeling on the ground). Place a pad on the ground and kneel on it with both knees, reach back and grab the handle with your right hand (see photo), pulley should be at shoulder height. Slowly push right hand forward with a punching motion trying hard to turn your body so your trail elbow rotates around your spine and almost touches the cable (see photo 2). Work hard at contracting your abdominals by “pulling” them inward, shoulder blades should feel like they are being pulled together, and try hard to keep your lower body very still. Perform 12-20 reps slowly then repeat on the other side. If you have questions please comment below