Yoga For Golfers: Three Planes Of Motion

Yoga performance specialist Katherine Roberts, who works with golfers as well as major league baseball teams, demonstrates yoga poses that will help you achieve a more effective and consistent golf swing.

Released on 4/29/2016

Credits

Starring: Katherine Roberts

Transcript

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Hi, I'm Katherine Roberts.
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In this Yoga For Golfers training tip
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we're training the body in all three planes of motion,
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just like the golf swing.
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So, in the golf swing we know our body
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is flexed at address,
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laterally bending slightly,
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and also we need to create rotation as we move
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through all the different phases of the golf swing.
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So, let's start out with the hips.
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Take your right heel and line it up with your left knee.
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This is called hip drives.
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Now I need you to really stabilize your core
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and turn your core towards me.
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Now when you do that, your right leg
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will probably wanna come in a little bit,
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so let's keep this right leg tracking straight.
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So, then just start to drive your hips, okay?
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And for a really efficient hip turn we need
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to be able to internally and externally rotate our hips.
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So this will help you do that, okay?
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Now we'll add a little thoracic turn here.
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So, come into a nice lunge,
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bring your arms up like this
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and just start to turn your torso back and forth, okay?
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Now notice my lower body's very stable.
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It's not moving around, okay?
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Now come to the outside edge of your right foot.
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We want the right arch, the left knee, and the left hand
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all to be in one straight line, okay?
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Now we're moving the hips in the extension phase, okay?
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So, at this position probably your hips are
01:16
back like this a bit, that's fine.
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Take your hand to your low back and have an inhale.
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And then when you exhale, drive your hips forward.
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So, continue to do that.
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I want you to think about in your finish position,
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you want your hips to be fully extended
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and either facing the target or
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potentially slightly past the target.
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So you can continue to do that.
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Don't let this right foot roll in, okay?
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Now let's add rotation.
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Bring your right arm up
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and I want you to think about big back swing
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if you're a right-handed golfer.
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And then as you exhale, extend your arm
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and your whole torso out and tap the ground.
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Take an inhale, roll open.
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Exhale, turn, and you're turning from the core.
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You're not just moving the arm.
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Let's do that one more time, take an inhale, roll open.
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Good, now let's go for extension, right?
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We're always looking for a bigger arc,
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more extension in our golf swing.
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Extend this arm over your head.
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Press your right leg into the ground.
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Drive your hips forward, stretch and breathe,
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and you can hold that for five more breaths.
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Now, I recommend that you do that sequence every other day
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to get a more efficient, effective, consistent golf swing.
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