Fitness Friday: Improving Forearm Rotation

Improving forearm rotation is going to help not only in squaring the clubface for straighter shots, it also is one of golf's speed accumulators. That means your ball will go straighter and farther. Golf-and-fitness instructor Karen Palacios-Jansen demonstrates as a simple way of patterning this movement.

Released on 1/15/2015

Credits

Starring: Karen Palacios-Jansen

Transcript

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Your ability to rotate your forearms in the golf swing
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is really important.
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First of all, to make sure you can square the club face
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at impact, but also to create club head speed.
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So I have a very simple drill to help you feel that
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forearm rotation in your golf swing.
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Take a textbook like this, you don't want it to be too heavy
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but you wanna have a little bit of weight.
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And the idea is to set up in your golf swing position,
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and now, as you swing back, feel how your forearms rotate
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to turn the book.
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So now you can see the front of the book cover right here.
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Go to the top of your swing, and start your downswing,
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and physically rotate your forearms to get the book
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back to square, back to that start position
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with a little bit of weight shift.
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Now from here, continue that forearm rotation,
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and now you can see the back of the book.
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And then go ahead and finish your swing.
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This would be wrong, swinging back with your
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elbows far apart, and then coming over the top
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and not releasing your forearms and finishing like this.
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Another reason you may have difficulty releasing the club
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and rotating those forearms to get the club face square
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through impact, is because of overly developed or tight
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back and chest muscles.
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You see, these bigger muscles tend to take over,
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especially on the downswing,
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and don't allow your smaller forearm and wrist muscles
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to work properly through the golf swing.
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That's why it's so important
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to get a golf physical assessment to pinpoint
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those physical limitations that could be causing problems
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in your golf swing.
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