IVGID Tip: Develop strong core to hit longer drives
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — There are plenty of important aspects to a good golf game. Chipping, putting and good iron play can all lead to lower scores and all around better golf, but if we’re honest with ourselves, it’s pretty safe to assume we’d all like to be able to hit the ball farther off the tee.
Stepping up to the tee and smacking a drive long and straight down the fairway is one of the true joys of playing the game.
The good news is that if you’re thinking you need to be bigger or stronger to hit long drives, you don’t. We see it more and more on tour these days; smaller men and women stepping up and hitting massive drives.
So how do they do it? The answer lies in their core. Developing a strong core is a major key to hitting the ball farther. Here’s a simple drill you can do to help actively engage your core:
1. Address the ball as you would with a golf club, only this time cross your arms across your chest.
2. Simulate a backswing with your arms crossed. The key is to maintain the forward spine tilt and keep your back straight.
3. At the top of your swing, your left shoulder (right shoulder for lefties) will appear behind the ball. Now, drive that shoulder forward toward the target so that your left shoulder covers the ball and the right shoulder follows suit. Let your head turn with your body and rotate fully through the finish — as far as you can go while staying in balance.
To take it further, consider incorporating some free weights into your routine. Hold a round weight against your chest as you do this drill. Not only will you groove a nice move, but you’ll also build strength and muscles in the process.
And by the way, when you see players like Camilo Villegas and Tiger Woods, who both have bulging biceps, remember that their strong arms are a by-product of an even stronger core.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User