Strengthen your core muscles to turn six-pack abs into secret weapon for distance and accuracy.
It is important to understand what the core is and why it is important to train it.
Many individuals misunderstand training the core for simply abdominal strengthening. The core is much more than the abdominals alone. The core is a combination of balance, muscle strength, muscle control, and controlled flexibility throughout the body. In order to have a well rounded golf game you need to have all of these tools and be able to control them without thinking about them. A weak core can lead to joint pain, muscle strains, decreased swing power/velocity, and eventually the frustration with poor scores on the golf course.
Tuning into your core will help to maintain proper golf posture/alignment and enhance your game. Once you have understood how to address the ball properly it can help to train your core while in proper golf posture. You can do this by standing on a foam pad while practicing your swing. You can practice your swing standing on one leg. You can practice your swing using a heavier golf club and slowing down the motion to increase control. In the health field this is known as sport specific training and should be guided by a professional and not attempted on your own.
The benefits of sports specific training are much greater than isolated movements with individualized muscle focus. The core control needed in a sport that uses muscles from head to toe require combined muscle training.
For assistance with golf training or treatment for pain please contact your local JAG Physical Therapy facility and/or local health professional.
John Gallucci Jr., MS, ATC, PT, DPT, is founder of JAG Physical Therapy, and author of Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment, A Guide to Optimal Performance for Players, Parents, and Coaches.