Top 3 mobilising exercises to optimise your backswing

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All golf players, no matter what level, battle with golf swing faults.

If you are a keen golf player you will have most likely seen a teaching professional who has help try and correct that golf swing fault - sometimes with success and sometimes with failure.

However, no matter who you are, if you are having a bad day it is that same old golf swing fault that keeps creeping back into your game.

This is one of the most frustrating areas a golfer has to battle with. The good news however is there are very simple drills you can use to help prevent this frustration continuing. Almost every golfer that we work with is suffering body imbalances and
asymmetries that dramatically impact on their game. Due to our modern day lifestyles we are developing weak imbalanced bodies that are not contusive to consistently perfect swing patterns.

Instead, the human body will shape its swing around its body faults to find a less then fully effective swing plane through the physical points of least resistance.

In this article I am going to reveal my 3 top tips for correcting the key body faults that are most likely causing you to bend your elbow during your backswing, using exercises you can do anywhere. Of the many of things that could be going wrong here are the top 3 and the drills to correct them:

1. C&T Spine Mobilisation: The top reason why you bend your target side elbow during the backswing is because you lack the rotation of the mid to upper spine (Cervical and Thoracic spine). This drill will help mobilise your spine to help you
complete a full rotation so you don’t have to rely on bending the elbow to finish it off. Gently rock in and out of the stretch.

C&T Spine Mobilisation

2. Tri-Plane Arm Drives: The second most common reason players cannot complete a full backswing is because of tightness of the rear shoulder and back (posterior deltoid, Latisimus dorsi and Infraspinatus). This drill requires you to tilt forwards, lean sideways and rotate, hence triplane arm drives. These drills will help to free up
the muscles that will hold your mid spine back.

Tri-Plane Arm Drives:

3. Tricep Mobilisation: Finally the reason why players typically bend their target side elbow is because they are compensating for tight muscles at the back of both the upper arms (ticeps). Don’t hold the stretch, instead gently rock back and forth. By completing the tricep mobilisation drills you will have completed the 3 most fundamental strategies to maximise the range in your backswing and get rid of that bent elbow.

Tricep Mobilisation