Your core is THE foundation for a relaxed, smooth, powerful golf swing. So what have YOU been doing LATELY to strengthen it?
I’m a big proponent of Mark Verstegen and his Core Performance programs. I have written numerous times about core power (see just some of the articles below) so this shouldn’t be a new thing to any regular readers of our blog.
However, I did want to share an article I read recently on the core performance blog. It’s about the importance of pillar strength in sports performance (of course, including golf!)
Even though the article is a few years old, it provides a clear understanding of the importance of pillar strength and I just wanted to share it with you.
One note: it’s one thing to understand the importance of pillar strength in your golf game but it’s quite another to incorporate them into a regular golf fitness program.
I recommend starting with the side pillar exercise (shown in the top photo of the article) and (not shown) doing the same exercise with your belly facing the ground supported by your toes and your forearms. That is, one exercise is on your side the other is similar to a pushup (except your weight is supported via your forearms)
Try to hold each exercise for 15-20 seconds doing 1 set of each. Do less if that’s all you can do. Eventually work up into multiple sets for as many minutes as possible (I’m up to 2 sets of 2 minutes of each exercise)
These are seemingly simple exercises that will provide a world of good for a solid, stable golf swing. Again, start simple. That’s the key to beginning any longer term program.
By the way, the middle exercise is one of THE best exercises to develop your core rotational power. Get ready for another 20 yards!
Here’s the article: