Todd Parsons back, bringing another set of exercises that you can do to improve that body, improve that golf game, get a little bit faster and hit some longer drives.
Today, I have a couple of different exercises and variations but we're going to be looking at using the entire body together because if we're breaking down the golf swing, we're not just using the upper body, we're not just using the lower.
We have to learn how to get those to work together to put the most into each shot.
What we're looking at, and you can do this with a band or with a cable, but we're just going to be doing a horizontal chop.
The big thing that we want to focus on here, is not to just isolate and use that midsection and just try to rotate with the upper, but again sequencing.
I want to get this here and I want to try to basically, this is attached to a weight rack, I want to try to pull that entire thing over.
Now, it's never going to happen and I'm fine with that but we want to be pushing off with that right, over into the left.
You can see I'm really opening up, delaying and dragging with that upper body, dragging in through the hands.
Hopefully, creating that lag.
We want to get set, fire through.
Again, it's a total body working together, working on that sequencing, going as hard as we can.
The key is, again, to do both directions, to build it up not only in one but have that break system built in so the body can continue to generate speed as long as it can.
Then, have that break system to really slow it down.
If not, it's going to be slowing down long before or you're going to be the person that gets injured.
There's one variation.
The other we can do, if you have a partner, is we can use a medicine ball.
We can take it and we can turn and load, fire those hips through.
Again, delay and try to throw this ball up and out as far as we can.
If you're by yourself, run and get it.
Now, we're building in that cardio.
Turn around, same thing.
Now, if I was going back the other direction, I'm going to turn to the left, fire through, really try to help with the hips, work on that sequencing.
Now, it wouldn't be a great workout if we were not talking about firing those legs with it.
We have the rotational aspect.
Now, we want that vertical aspect.
I have a kettle bell here and you can use a set of dumbbell, a barbell, whatever you want to do, but we're going to do a push press.
I want to get this loaded up.
This is about as much as I can probably shoulder press but we want to use those legs like we're jumping and fire it up.
We bring it back down, we get loaded, really push, explode.
Try to make this weightless.
My thought on each one of these is to push hard enough and I'm trying to basically make it weightless and throw it through the ceiling.
Again, with 50 pounds, I know that's not going to happen but that's the thought process.
Then, switching over.
Again, really firing, drive with the leg, creating that vertical thrust, working on hopefully building up a better vertical because we know that the players that have the biggest verticals, tend to also have the fastest club head speed and hit the bull the furthest.
That's something that I'm constantly trying to work on myself, is to get that higher and higher and higher, so as I go to turn, we have that rotation but then I can put that vertical into it and really boost that club head speed.
Now, the last thing that we want to end on is the swing.
Again, a huge component.
An advocate of while we're doing it, we're in here to hopefully, again, swing faster, so we need to actually swing.
All the exercises are going to help but it's not really teaching the body what we're trying to do, so we need to do it.
I'm using super-speed golf.
One of the very few training aids that I actually like and see help out a lot of players.
Obviously, this is the light shaft but it's built-in with that over speed training.
Meaning, it goes light, medium, heavy as well as swinging right handed and left handed.
That's been, also, one of the themes today.
Just nice and simple, we can get set.
Fire through, get set again.
Then, building up and obviously going to the left.
Don't laugh at me at home, here, because that left's always harder in bringing it through.
If you have a speed radar, we want to see that number jump each time we swing.
Then, we progress over to the medium.
We can go up to the heavy.
Again, super-speed golf's really good to help out a lot of you because what it's going to do is engage and teach you how to swing faster, what muscles we're trying to recruit.
At the end of the day, again, all of the gym stuff helps but we have to pick up the club.
We have to swing.
We have to teach the body how to go faster and that's what we're wanting to do.
Again, hopefully these are helpful exercises for you.