Muscle Memory And The Golf Swing

Posted on 17 August 2011   Articles, Fitness for Golf

How to Be Aware of Your Muscles and Use Them for a Golf Swing

To play the game of golf, muscle awareness is very important. While building or rebuilding your swing, it is important to take note of each golf muscle involved in play and how it acts during a good swing. Muscle memory happens automatically whether you are aware of it or not. Taking mental notes of muscle actions helps you to control what your brain is memorizing and correct it if a problem develops in your swing. This is taking an active role in the muscle memory required for consistently good shots.

There are 22 muscles in action when you make a golf swing. This sounds like a lot, but it really is not. You do not have to be able to name or identify all 22 muscles to build an accurate muscle memory, but you do need to become more aware of your muscles working in coordination and how they respond. Core strength is one of the most critical aspects of a golf swing. Perhaps second to that is flexibility. Without flexibility, you are simply not able to make a full, fluid swing. An impartial swing loses a lot of power.

Take a few slow, deliberate practice swings. You can do this anywhere that there is room to fully swing a club. Do not worry about setting up a ball or aiming, just pretend you are making a swing and focus fully on all of the golf muscle action that is going on. Feel the separate muscles in your arms and shoulders first. Then focus on the active muscles in your back. Next, swing and feel the muscles involved in your core, hips and legs. Once you have felt these muscles work independently, you have more control over them to make them work in conjunction with each other to form a better golf swing.

Exercise is the most critical part of building the muscles that are active in the golf swing. There are three key components to any exercise routine: cardiovascular exercise, strength training and building flexibility. All three of these components play directly into the golf swing. Stretching should be part of every golfer’s daily routine, even on days that you are not hitting the gym. Cardiovascular exercise should also be frequent, at least four to five days per week for at least thirty minutes each session.

Strength training should begin slowly so that you do not injure yourself – putting a halt to your exercise routine as well as your golf game. Stretch thoroughly before you begin lifting weights and again afterward when your muscles are fully warmed. This is the time when you can really improve your overall flexibility. Begin with a moderate amount of weight and low repetitions. Each time you visit the gym, increase the weight or the repetitions. Light weight with high repetitions builds endurance and long, lean muscles. High weight with low repetitions builds strength, power and bulkier muscles.

The most important part of building golf muscle is sticking with it. As soon as you stop exercising, you will quit seeing improvements on the course in terms of power, flexibility, the ability to make a full swing and the distance you get off the tee. Your endurance will also suffer, and you may begin experiencing injuries from weak muscles and a lack of flexibility.

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By Joe Jershon

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