The CSGA Links Volume 4 Issue 6 October, 2016 - Page 13

Golf Swings Performance of this exercise is as easy as the name implies. Assume your normal golf stance while holding a golf club without a head on it (just the shaft of the club). Swing as hard as you can in the normal direction you would swing a club. After you finish your swing, reset and swing four more times. Once you’ve completed this, perform the same exercise in the opposite direction (righthanded players swing to the left and vice versa). Next, obtain a five iron and swing as hard as you can three times to the right, resetting between each swing. Immediately switch to a left handed grip and swing three times to the left. Finally, take a weighted club and swing as hard as you can three times to the right and then yet again switch hands and swing three times to the left. Happy Gilmore This exercise is named after the infamously ugly swing from Adam Sandler’s character in the movie Happy Gilmore. Although it is an unconventional swing, it is quite effective in increasing power and club head speed. Begin in your golf stance with a club with no head in your hands and your feet together. Step laterally with your lead foot while also performing your backswing. You will then bring your trail foot behind your lead foot, followed immediately by shuffling your lead foot laterally towards your target. You should now be in a golf stance. The final part of the exercise is to swing as hard as you can. Perform this five times to the right, then switch grips, and perform five reps to the left. Repeat these same steps, completing three reps to the right and then left with a five iron. Follow that set immediately by performing three reps to the right and left with a weighted club. By completing these two easy exercises weekly, you will see a marked improvement in swing velocity. Remember, higher swing speed could lead to longer drives, higher irons into greens and closer birdie putts! Please consult with a physician prior to exercise to confirm that you are healthy enough to perform these exercises on your own. CSGA Links // October, 2016 | 13