Fitness Friday: Improving Your Shoulder Turn

One of the biggest differences between the swings of a high-handicapper and a better player is the way the shoulders rotate. Golf-and-fitness instructor Karen Palacios-Jansen demonstrates a swing drill and an exercise to get the shoulders to turn properly.

Released on 5/7/2015

Transcript

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Alright, so for this first exercise,
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I'm gonna have Dawn get into her golf posture,
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and you can see she's holding a club with her back hand,
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and then just go ahead and pick up this weight.
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Now the idea here is to swing your front arm
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underneath like this.
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You can see as she swings back,
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her front shoulder is actually working down
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and the back one is working up,
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just like you would do in a golf swing.
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This exercise gives you the feeling of
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how your front shoulder works down and across
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closer to the ball on the backswing.
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You might have to do this exercise a few times
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to get the feeling of that shoulder working down.
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This next exercise is a modified yoga position
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to show you how to turn your shoulders
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around a tilted spine.
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So Dawn go ahead and get into a side lunge position.
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And from here you want to tilt forward
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from your hip sockets as if you
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were in your golf posture.
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Now from here straighten your front arm down
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and raise your other arm up.
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And go ahead and get into a deep lunge right here.
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So as you can see, she is twisting but her front
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shoulder is working down and the back one is working up
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just like you would do in the golf swing.
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This exercise is not only strengthening her legs,
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torso, and shoulders, but it's also showing you
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how to turn around a tilted spine.
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