golf trainer memphis

June 14, 2017

Jennifer Jordan is a golf instructor in the Memphis area and has partnered with & (me) Tonya Tittle, owner of Energy Fitness (an award-winning personal training studio), golf conditioning specialist and golf enthusiast.
We wanted to share Jennifer’s knowledge and experience to improve how you hit a 35-40 yard approaching pitch shot to the green. For those of you new to golf or have an interest a pitch shot is an abbreviated full swing.

As you watch the video below and see her stand on one leg you can see why balance training and why working with a stability ball can help you improve your fitness and golf game. Below the video I include a few exercises and stretches to help you specific to this shot as well as general fitness and the rest of your golf game.

 

Steal these moves!

1 Leg squat – touch the floor (beginners you may want to hold onto something stable with 1 hand).
Try 10-12 reps for 2 sets twice a week. Make sure your knee does not go over your toe. Push from your heel and squeeze your butt on way back up to starting position.

1 Leg Heel pushes for hamstring strength and core balance. Can be performed with or without weight on hip. Beginners may need both feet on ball. Try 15-50 (that’s right I said 50) reps. for 1-2 sets with 2 sets being optimal. Caution this exercise often causes the hamstrings or calves to cramp in some people. If you haven’t done this exercise before be aware that the post workout soreness can sneak up on you.

Stability ball – legs up wall with upper body rotation
If feeling stable do as pictured with both legs up the wall. If a little or a lot nervous that you are going to bust it and go tumbling off the ball then try this with 1 leg on the ground and maybe even reaching for the ground with the other hand as you rotate to one side. To properly keep the abs/core engaged remember to tilt your pelvis/hips up towards your chest as you perform the exercise. Try 10-25 reps each side depending on your skill level.

Flexibility – Chair twist
Hold for 30 seconds to 3 minutes each direction depending on your tightness in this position. Be sure to sit up as tall as possible. Each time you exhale you should be able to inch a little further and settle into the stretch.

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April 21, 2017

How often do you perform exercises in a twisting motion? Let’s take it a step further… how many do you perform without rotating at the hips? Without rotating my hips…huh? Often times I see clients, as well as myself, doing an exercise and letting the hips open to avoid working on the flexibility of the upper spine.

Test yourself…. Stand up with your feet shoulder width apart and place your hands on your hips. Now try to rotate through your lower back without allowing your hips to move. Not as easy as you thought it would be, huh?

If you don’t have the best posture rotating the spine correctly can be challenging.

Think about your lifestyle and exercise routine if you have one. Do you rotate your spine during a strength training session, during sports play, stretching routine or a cardio session? If you run, cycle, walk, jump rope, run stairs, do machines such as elliptical or row machine you are using your body in only one plane (frontal).  You may be creating weakness in muscles and tightening others by avoiding moving your body in different directions.

The 2 exercises are below as pictures & video. They will help you increase spinal flexibility. Make sure to prevent any motion in your hips and lower back.

Towel Low to high Notice I put my knees in to avoid rotating hips. You can see I lack upper body rotational flexibility and need to work on. Try 10 reps each direction. The stability ball is a great way to see improvement as it also works on weight shifting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low to High Chop/Twist (use either towel or if more advanced use medicine ball or cable as pictured left). If it is too hard to stabilize your hips then widen your stance a bit and/or lower the weight.

 

 

Outer Thigh presses /Hip Abduction Working the abductors is helpful to help keep the hips open and strong.

Try a moderate resistance band and do 2 – 4 sets of 50 reps. Make it more challenging by not sitting and be more in a squat position so the quads (front of the upper thighs) can feel the added burn. This exercise is great as it adds that lateral component and can make your golf swing more powerful and runners can feel their hips more open leading to a more efficient running gait. I always have a great run the day after walking 9 holes of golf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How often should I do these exercises? 

2-3 times per week

See if you notice a difference in your golf swing on on the back swing and follow through. How many of the exercises or sports below can you add to your lifestyle or routine that require some degree of spinal rotation?

  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Tennis
  • Soccer (with the lateral running)
  • Golf
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Racquetball
  • Rollerblading or skating
  • Baseball or Softball
  • Ice Skating
  • Taekwondo / Marital Arts
  • Basketball (lateral running combined with running forwards & backwards)
  • Weight training – chop squats, ball knee rotations, lateral shuffles and leg raises

In blog post Part 2 of Spinal Rotation for Golf & Life, I will include pictures and video of me demonstrating a golf conditioning/spinal rotation exercise while a client follows my lead, as well as 2 stretches. You can do these as a warm up before golf or running.

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