Golf fitness: How to test and improve your core strength
Previously I have highlighted exercises which would improve the core stability of anyone who hasn’t worked on this aspect of fitness.
This time, we up the ante. I recognise that the sight of the fitness ball will immediately be a big turn-off for some of NCG’s readers. I totally understand that – indeed, that’s why I have been so keen to make this fitness series easy to digest and action (hopefully it has been anyway!).
THE START POSITION
Start with your palms in a praying position, your forearms resting on the fitness ball and with your toes on the floor. Just balancing yourself like this has started to fire your core. But we’re going to take it on a bit from here…
GET YOUR CORE WORKING HARD
Now ’roll’ the ball away from you so you end up with a straight back which is extended and parallel to the floor. Your elbows should be touching the ball – nothing more. To add a bit more difficulty, raise one foot off the floor.
ADDING A LATE TWIST
Finally, let’s get a club involved. Lying on the ball with your shoulder blades supporting your weight and your feet flat on the floor, turn your upper half so the club is as perpendicular to the floor as possible. Repeat on the other side.
- John Sheehy is a personal trainer based at David Lloyd gym in Leeds. He is also a golf professional. Call 07988 449 936 or visit davidlloyd.co.uk