Missing this spot HARD today even though we rocked out swim class and it's relatively "warm" and sunny here in Chicago. And I cooked up a storm for the week. I'm not sure anything tops family vacations that include hanging with grandparents, @modernism_week, a stay at a swank rental house with cousins and a quick stop in Whittier to see uncle & aunt! Back to regular madness tomorrow!
"Coach can you teach me that checky poo, one hop stoparoonie you do." Ummm Cheaaaa. Feet close together, ball smidge up from middle, face open... Setup looks great! Back off the ball. Let's Rehearse 5. Soft hands so you can feel the weight of the club champ. "Feel it as if it were heavier? "The weight of the clubface itself?" "Yeap" Alrightttttttt 🖖. Now... Slap the back of the clubface down in front of the ball on your practice swings. Now. Same idea. Ball just gets in the way. First try. Dirty. Saucey. 💪🤙🕺🏻.
Top work from @marxy67 take note of his ball position just inside the left heel! This gives him the best chance to strike the ball on the up which will maximise distance for a driver! #slomogolf#golf#sendusyourswing
Heavy bilateral exercises (i.e. Barbell front squats, deadlifts) are the best ways to really load the body heavy and drive up absolute strength. For some golfers, this is necessary to get them stronger. But going heavy with the bilateral barbell over the course of a long golf season can really wear you down.
I really like the philosophy of lowest system load, which I first heard from @chweingroff. In simple terms, this means making the exercise as challenging as possible using as little weight as possible. This can be done by manipulating a few variables, (positioning weight farther away from center of mass, unilateral loading, and unilateral exercises)
This is a great way to get strong without adding heavy loads to the spine.
Here is a progression going from highest system load to lowest system load:
1. Double Kettlebell front squat- Similar to the barbell front squat, the double Kettlebell front squat is challenging because the weight is set farther away from the center of mass and you have to stabilize two independent objects, as apposed to one.
2. Offset Kettlebell front squat- With the weight now on one side, the weight is going to try to pull you in one direction, and you have to resist.
3. Pistol squat- If there were one exercise I'd want to see every golfer not only be able to do, but go heavy with, it would be the pistol squat. It not only requires great mobility, it requires a ton of balance, stability, and most importantly for golfers...symmetry. If you can go heavy on both sides, you have a great chance of not only being very durable, but you have a great chance to hit that ball far!
If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a dm.