This is Tyler Parsons and today I'm bringing you your body fix.
This is going to be a new series that I'm going to try out and see what you all think.
A lot of what this is going to be about is whenever you've struggled with your golf swing, you've been working on it forever.
You're noticing there's that one piece that you're really struggling with.
More than likely it's because your body doesn't want you to make that movement because it doesn't like it.
It has a restriction or is inhibited.
Today what we're going to look at is that shoulder plane.
For a lot of you, going back, you're not able to keep the shoulders pointed down the ball, but you stand up, they're pointing off over into the distance.
You're having to either stop at the rotation or you're getting disconnected in really wanting to lift those hands.
What we're going to do is we're going to have two exercises and we're going to work on the lower traps, getting those to work and fire as well as opening up that chest as well as the lats, making sure they stretch out.
For the first one, we'll do a really simple one, twisted prayer.
I think that every golfer, whether they're restricted or not, should do the lats pretty much daily.
The lats extend in the front.
They run down and make up this large muscle into the back.
The easiest way to work those is through the lat pull down and pull up.
Whenever they fire, they contract and they pull the arm down.
Again, because of the size of the muscle, if they get tight and short, getting the arm to lift up to here, this is going to be shortened and that's as high as it'll go.
We can tell those be low hands, no good.
We want to go on and turn and get those up.
Grab your ball.
All we're going to do is try to go down to the size and make pretty much a C.
We're not going to really be moving the hips.
We're trying to contort the body down to the side.
Okay? We'll drop down and roll over to that side.
Push down and get that hand to go up and out, and we should be feeling the stretch all down through here.
Again, I said this was a great exercise for basically every golfer to do.
The reason why, is because of how this muscle works and functions even when they're stretched out, they're going to continue to stretch them.
Much like the hamstring.
We love to be in the hamstring and go down and touch your toes, for those who can touch their toes, we try to get them to go deeper, hand on the ground, just because the hamstring is so important.
Lat extremely important.
Stretch that out.
If it's extremely tight, do one set of 10.
Hold for a couple seconds, roll over.
It's just going to be going back and forth so we can even all this out and stretch it out and keep those healthy.
The next one is going to be for the low trap.
Okay? A lot of you are going to say, "I really feel this in my shoulder." That's really going to signify how weak or inhibited this lower trap muscle is.
Okay? The function of the lower trap is going to be for those arms to be able to lift, going straight up to fire and basically doing their job.
You can tell when we get to the top of the swing, you would need those to be able to lift and get them up there.
Keeping it simple, again we're just going to do a reach, roll, and lift.
Go down on the ball.
Try to keep that back nice and straight.
You can tell them about 45 degree angle.
Reach one hand out as far as you can, palm up towards the ceiling.
Keeping that palm nice and straight, try to drive up that arm and keep that elbow nice and straight.
We don't want it to bend.
We don't want the hand to roll until it looks like we're going to Karate chop.
Go from there up as high as we can, back down, holding, allowing that to fire.
We want to feel that tightness and feel the muscles working in through here.
Start simple, again.
Do one set of 10 on each side.
If you really notice your left or your right side maybe is a little harder to do than the other, go on and spend some more time on that side.
Really try to even that out.
What we're looking for again as we go up, we want that to be even or even past the ear.
That'd be a great range of motion, allowing for that lower trap muscle to fire, do its job.
This is going to be extremely helpful to correct the body, helping out with that shoulder plane, help you improve, start shooting lower scores, get you on to [inaudible 00:04:27] where we can start to develop and build more speed and power.