Fitness Friday: One Exercise For A Better Backswing

If you'd like to make a better backswing, start by improving your thoracic rotation by trying the side lying rotation stretch demonstrated by Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear and golf instructor Debbie Doniger.

Released on 12/11/2015

Transcript

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This is Side Lying Thoracic Rotation.
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Thoracic Rotation is really what we think about
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in a golf term as shoulder turn. But, in physiology
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it's really the rotation of our upper back.
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So this position I've got Debbie's knee on a foam roller,
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you could put a towel, or whatever it is.
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If you have a lot of rotation, you can try and put
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your knee on the ground. And this puts her pelvis
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in a pretty neutral position, so she can't get
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rotation from the lower body.
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We're trying to isolate out the upper body.
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So what we're going to have her do here is
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first in keeping her hands directly in front of her chest,
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she's going to rotate as far as she can.
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And she's got pretty good mobility here.
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And then she'll take a big breath in,
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and then try to go all the way to the floor.
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And as she does that, she'll make as big of an arc
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as possible, and feel like not only does her hand
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get to the floor, but her opposite side
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shoulder blade is getting down to the floor.
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Getting your hand down is not the goal.
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Getting that far shoulder blade down, as I want to
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feel like she's almost reaching out towards me here.
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And she's expanding as wide as she can.
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This is a great exercise to start increasing that
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shoulder turn in your golf swing.
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