Fitness

  • Golf warm ups with Henni Zuel

    Written by Camilla Tait on 02 March 2017

    Feel like you’re wasting shots on those first few holes because you’ve not had time to go to the range? Former Ladies European Tour player and Sky Sports Golf’s Henni Zuel is here to help. Forget hitting golf balls, warming up can be as simple as three warm-up moves that target your both your lower and upper...

  • Crucial warming-up exercises

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 02 December 2011

    Increase your power and control with this simple warm up routine, which you can do prior to the start of your golf round. If you don't warm up you will limit the amount of power and control you can create because the muscles aren’t elastic. Secondly, the lack of blood flow to the muscles increases the risk of injury. So before you...

  • Squat and swing exercise

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 04 February 2011

    Use of the muscles in our lower body is what helps us achieve dynamic weight transfer during the golf swing. This squat and swing exercise enables us to deliver power to the back of the golf ball efficiently at impact. This video tip from TG Elite Pro and Fitness expert Gareth Johnston will help you increase the strength of your thigh...

  • Floor rotation drill

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 04 February 2011

    The muscles in our lower back not only help us maintain our golf posture during the swing, but strengthening them also helps to prevent injury. This simple exercise from TG Elite Teaching Pro and Fitness Expert Gareth Johnston can be done at home or in the office and will improve the strength and flexibility of these vital muscles considerably.  ...

  • Core strength twists

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 04 February 2011

    The golf swing is very much a rotational movement where we turn around our core. These rotational muscles need to be conditioned regularly in order to help us build momentum in the backswing and turn it into raw power in the downswing. This exercise from TG Elite Pro and Fitness expert Gareth Johnston is great for working on core strength while...

  • Improve balance and core stability

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 04 February 2011

    In golf, power starts from the ground up. So it’s vital we work on improving the strength of the muscles in our lower body as well as our upper body. The side lunges in this video from TG Elite Teaching Pro and Fitness expert Gareth Johnston are an ideal exercise to improve both leg and core strength for a better golf...

  • Increase key muscle strength for golf

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 19 January 2011

    In the golf swing, we use a variety of muscles, some of which we don’t even know exist. The rotator cuffs are very small muscles that act to stabilise the shoulder. The strength of these muscles is crucial for both consistency and distance. In this video tip from TG Elite Pro and Fitness expert Gareth Johnston, you can discover a simple...

  • Increase your backswing turn

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 19 January 2011

    Distance comes from the separation of the shoulders and hips during the backswing. The longer this distance becomes, the more coil we are creating and the more power we can unleash at the ball! To increase your coil, you need an exercise that creates resistance in the backswing. This video tip from TG Elite Pro and Fitness expert Gareth Johnston has...

  • Add strength and flexibility to your shoulders

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 19 January 2011

    The shoulders muscles are crucial in helping you load the club correctly in the backswing and release it correctly in the throughswing. Many golfers struggle with a flying right elbow in the backswing, where the right arm fails to fold and the swing plane becomes very steep. This often causes us to cut across the ball or hold the face open...

  • Strengthen your rotational muscles

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 19 January 2011

    In the golf swing, it’s the rotational muscles in our upper body that create the torque and coil, which in turn generates power. This simple exercise from TG Elite Pro and Fitness expert Gareth Johnston can be done in the comfort of your home and isolates these rotational muscles. It will increase the flexibility and strength of your upper body, adding...

  • Try lunges to improve core stability

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 03 December 2010

    Fitness exercises that are functional for the golf swing are the best way to improve over the winter. Core stability is vital during the swing for balance and co-ordination and a great way to work on this at home is to practice lunges, as TG Elite Pro and fitness expert Gareth Johnston explains during this video tip.   You may...

  • Arm extension exercise for width

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 03 December 2010

    Maintaining an extending arm in the arm in the backswing and throughswing helps to create width and therefore power and clubhead speed during your golf swing. Golfers that try and help the ball airborne will often fold at the elbows, as TG Elite Pro and fitness expert Gareth Johnston explains during this video tip. A simple arm extension exercise using a...

  • Increase leg strength with ease

    Written by Gareth Johnston on 03 December 2010

    Us golfers rely heavily on our legs during the golf swing, even if we don’t realise it! They’re vital for stability, weight transfer and maintaining posture so it’s important we work on our leg strength. This simple exercise explained by TG Elite Pro and fitness expert Gareth Johnston can be done at home or in the office and will really help...

  • Loosen shoulder blade muscles

    Written by Jon Bowskill on 29 October 2009

    This particular muscle helps rotate our head, essential in maintaining our head position and thus our eyes being focused on the ball. This is crucial if we want to always hit the sweet spot. Allow your body weight to push into the ball and stop when you reach a perceived tenderness level of 6/10. Hold the position for 10-12 seconds and...

  • Loosen the hip muscles

    Written by Jon Bowskill on 29 October 2009

    This warm-up exercise increases hip mobility and flexibility which helps create that 45-degree hip rotation that we're after in the backswing and also through the ball in our follow through. Remember to keep the feet still and focus on pushing your hip out, paying attention to any specific tight spots you may feel.   Check out more from Jon Bowskill, TG's fitness guru, at:...

  • Loosen Front Chest muscles

    Written by Jon Bowskill on 29 October 2009

    Tightness through the pectorals (chest muscles) generally creates rounded shoulders. This common problem is rectified by massaging the muscle therefore enabling you to find and maintain the correct address position. Allow your body weight to push into the ball and stop when you reach a perceived tenderness level of 6/10. Hold the position for 10-12 seconds and the tenderness should have...

  • Improve ankle joint mobility

    Written by Jon Bowskill on 29 October 2009

    Ankle rolls increase ankle mobility in the side-to-side motion. This motion is essential during the golf swing to allow the body to move correctly over the base of support without having to compensate for restrictive ankle movement. Make the movement slow and controlled and don’t come too far over on the ankle. Check out more from Jon Bowskill, TG's fitness guru, at:...

  • Improve your rotation

    Written by Jon Bowskill on 29 October 2009

    With this exercise, you will increase the rotation of the body ready for the golf swing without having to stretch before you tee off. It also increases the communication between body parts that is essential in producing coordinated movement in the golf swing. Start by seeing how far you can rotate initially. Then keep your eyes on your thumb throughout the movements.

  • Loosen the hamstrings

    Written by Jon Bowskill on 29 October 2009

    Hamstring tightness causes the pelvis to rotate backwards and reduces mobility in the lower back. This makes it difficult to find the neutral spine position in the address position. Massaging the hamstrings will help improve this. Keep breathing throughout the process to help get oxygen to the muscle and only ever put pressure through the roller when massaging up towards the...

  • Improve leg strength

    Written by Jon Bowskill on 22 October 2009

    This exercise increases glute strength which helps with both the generation of power as well as hip stability during the swing. Focus on pushing through the earth to come back up to the start position and have a slightly deep abdominal contraction by drawing in your belly button towards your spine. Check out more from Jon Bowskill, TG's fitness guru, at: www.jonbowskill.com.

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