FITNESS: THE CORE
Train your body to hit better drives and iron shots
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Even at golf’s highest level, rarely is a player a great driver a great iron player. It’s either one or the other, because the body is required to do something different to flush a shot with each club, says Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear. Trying to consistently change your swing for either type of shot can be difficult, especially for average amateurs who often struggle to groove even one type of swing.
“The more that golfers slide towards the target earlier in the swing, the more they’re going to be able to swing down and compress an iron shot,” Shear says. “The more golfers resist a lateral shift, hang back with their trunk and just rotate towards the ball, the more they’re going to be able to use their driver to sweep the ball off the tee – a key for distance.”
If you hit better iron shots than drives, Shear says you can improve your tee shots by training your body to rotate without moving so much laterally. And if you drive the ball better than you hit irons, you need a better blend of lateral and rotational movement.
Here, Shear offers two exercises – a push and a pull movement using elastic tubing for resistance – that will improve either shot. Do two sets of 12 reps for each exercise. Then switch hand positions and do them in the opposite direction for muscular balance.