|A Strong Core and Mobile Hips|
Mobility and Stability are two key components in the execution of an efficient golf swing. The modern day golf swing requires the body move through a large range of motion requiring joint mobility and muscular flexibility. In addition, maintaining a fixed spine, and generating power necessitates strength from certain muscles and parts of the body. All in all the combination of these two components (mobility and stability) provide the physical foundation for the execution of an efficient golf swing.
Two segments of the body requiring mobility and stability in the execution of the swing are the hips and core. Mobility in the hips is crucial in order to execute the rotary components in both the backswing and downswing. Limitations in the hips can result in the inability of the golfer to properly rotate in the swing leading to a number of swing faults such as a slide, sway, or reverse C.
Secondly, the core which is simply a reference to the anatomical area of the body from just above the knees to slightly below the chest including muscle groups such as the obliques, abdominals, glutes, and muscles of the lower back must be strong (i.e. stable). The stability provided by the core allows the golfer to maintain the postural positions required of the swing and generate rotary power. Limited strength in the core can cause limitations in terms of power generation and an inability to rotate around a fixed spine angle, again leading to swing faults such as an over-the-top move or early extension.
A series of golf fitness exercises developing mobility in the hips and stability in the core can be very advantageous. Over time these types of exercises can assist in the developing of the physical foundation required of the golf swing and assist in the prevention of particular swing faults associated with dysfunction in these areas of the body.