Putting

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

Credits

Director: Lukas Huffman
Producer: Emoticon Productions
Executive Producer: Harrison Levinson

Transcript

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