Putting is the least physically demanding motion in golf, and yet certain exercises can still go a long way toward helping to improve your performance.
Released on 12/8/2014
|Executive Producer:||Harrison Levinson|
Hi, I'm Ron Kaspriske,
Fitness Editor for Golf Digest;
and this is Get Golf Fit.
How many times have you stood over a four-footer
that really meant something to you?
You really wanted to make it and burned the edge,
didn't even hit the hole sometimes.
Putting should be the easiest part of the game.
Well I'm gonna show you two exercises in the gym
that'll make it even easier for you.
So Sarah is the best putter in Brooklyn,
no question about it;
and she's gonna show you this exercise
that's gonna make you the best putter wherever you live.
So Sarah's gonna take that med ball,
put it between her legs just above her knees,
just so it's nice and comfortable in there.
Now she's immediately squeezing with her thigh muscles,
those adductor muscles is really important.
Now she'll take a putter
and just simply make that shoulder-driven stroke.
Show us how it's done.
Now because her lower body is stable,
she's able to putt freely.
Her upper body moves in a pendulum-like motion there.
It looks great.
That enables her to put the ball where she wants.
Nice quiet lower body,
get the stroke through your shoulders,
like a kind of like a grandfather clock.
Have you ever spent a lot of time
on the practice putting green
and you feel the back muscles
really getting tight and sore and hot?
Well this exercise that I'm gonna show you
is gonna help keep that from happening,
and that's gonna allow you to make a better stroke
when you're out there on the golf course.
So Sarah is gonna demonstrate what we call bird dogs.
Take it away.
So what she does,
she gets down on all fours in a quadruped position,
keeps her head down,
her back nice and straight;
and now she's gonna extend one arm out in front of her
and the opposite leg out behind her.
Hold this for one second,
and then she's gonna alternate the arms and the legs.
Again, hold the position for a second
and then return and then alternate.
Now notice how she keeps her head down
and again her spine is very flat and neutral.
That's very important.
Don't do this with your head up.
You wanna keep your chin down.
So just keep alternating.
You wanna feel really long and again
this is really gonna help those lower back back muscles.
Obviously the putting stroke doesn't
require a lot of physical effort;
but if you really wanna feel good
as you're standing over that ball,
just remember to keep the lower body nice and stable
and keep your lower back nice and strong.
Then you'll start draining them more often.
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All right let's see what you got.