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