Posted By Clod on March 15, 2012
“How can I add yards to my drive?” Driving is a critical part of everyone’s golf game and adding distance requires much more than a Big Bertha and a pair of strong arms. For my golf students, I teach a torso-based exercise called the Golf Pivot.
Not Just The Wrist
As any good golf instructor would tell you, the drive is a total-body movement and therefore requires a total-body conditioning program. An element I often see ignored or under-emphasized by many golf training routines is the rotational conditioning of the torso — how fast and how strongly the body rotates, or pivots, at the waistline. This is where the Golf Pivot can help.
Extend your drive!
To perform the Golf Pivot:
* Sit upright on a bench or chair with your feet planted firmly on the floor in a comfortably wide stance.
* Grasp a light weight (2.5- to 5-pound weight plate or a small dumbbell of the same weight) with both hands and hold it out in front of you. Your elbows are straight, arms parallel to the floor, and hands together.
* Lean back a couple inches and slightly arch your upper back to stretch the midsection.
* Keeping the arms straight, slowly rotate at the waist so your torso pivots to the right about 12 inches then slowly change directions and pivot to the left. Maintain this horizontal pendulum action for 20 to 30 repetitions (each side is one rep) – this is one set. I recommend a total of two to three sets.