You rarely see a potbellied bomber at the top of today's leader boards. For elite and serious golfers, the tradition of post-round activities at the 19th hole has been replaced by intense sessions in the gym.
Honing swing mechanics via marathon range sessions remains important for any golfer. But according to PGA Tour star Stewart Cink, ranked 18th in the world, your training shouldn't take a back seat to your practice sessions. He says, "When you train, you're building up your joints and your strength to the point where you're going to lessen the likelihood of injury—and it's all about prolonging the career."
To compete with the best in the game on a weekly basis, Cink maintains his strength and endurance with the help of PGA Tour conditioning coach Christopher Noss, who prescribes sport-specific exercises to help strengthen the muscles used in the golf swing. "We try to strengthen that shoulder girdle," says Noss. "We try to look at how the golf swing is, and I want to work that lat as they're turning."
If you want to take your game to the next level and keep it there, try Noss's Push Pivot once per week year-round.
• With cable machine to right, assume athletic stance with feet slightly wider than shoulder width
• Reach across body with left hand, turning hips and shoulders to cable machine, and hold handle set at low position
• Rotate hips left, bring handle across body, and grab cable with right hand
• Pivot on right leg while fully extending both arms out and up
• Return to start position and repeat for specified reps
Sets/Reps: 1x10 each side
Coaching Points: Place a piece of tape on the cable where your arm will be fully extended so you know where to grab during the rotation // Keep outside elbow high and keep inside arm straight as you rotate // Load hip before each rotation
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