I’ve discussed before why balance is so important in your golf game, and maybe you’ve already begun to make changes to your exercise routine, diet, and daily life to help improve your balance. However even with all these changes, you may still not be seeing the results you are looking for. Why is that?
Did you know it is almost impossible to have great balance in your golf game without a strong core?
Before I jump right in and start telling you how important it is to do abdominal (ab) work, let me throw a few things your way. Choices Hack The reason most people do not have a strong core is because they have, or have previously had, a bad back – and guess what? It is a strong likelihood they have a bad back because they don’t have a strong core! These two go hand-in-hand. Without a strong core, you cannot have a strong back! Before you start strengthening your core, make sure you are doing exercises to keep your back strong on a daily basis. This is easier to do than you might imagine, and if you don’t know where to start, a good local personal trainer can be a great resource, or a workout DVD that focuses on these things.
Back to your core and why is it so important to have strong ab muscles for golf.
The core is the foundation to a good set up, keeping balance throughout your golf swing, and the longevity of having a strong back. Most golfers who have suffered back problems know it can really hinder their ability to swing the golf club freely. Without a strong back and core, you may be having trouble or experience pain carrying your clubs, taking long drives, cooking, washing dishes, even playing with the kids or grandkids – just enjoying your life. It may be time to get serious about strengthening this part of your body for your long-term health.
How are the ab muscles so directly related to the back muscles?
Well, to keep it simple, your ab muscles are located in your stomach area, but they are also located on both sides of your body-these are called your obliques. All of these muscles are located in the center of your body and actually help support almost everything you do, from walking, talking, breathing, playing golf, and pretty much everything else you physically do in life. So, if your ab muscles are strong, they take pressure off your lower back muscles which is where most golfers suffer problems. If you do not have a strong core, your body relies more on your back muscles. If your back is not strong enough to compensate for your weak ab muscles, you will find yourself with constant back pain, even when you are just walking or sitting.
Along with strength comes agility and flexibility.
Flexibility will keep the muscles in your core and back not only strong but it will keep those muscles intact for the long run. As a golfer this is important because one of the great things about the game of golf is it’s a sport you can play well into your golden years, if you take care of your body. Of course, flexibility will also help you in your daily life with things like walking, playing with the grandkids, even picking up the newspaper.
My goal is to help you understand how important your ab muscles are, not only to your golf game, but also to your back health, and your life. As a golfer your goal should be to have a strong and agile core and a strong back. This will not only improve your golf game, but the quality of your life as well.