How to "Double Up"
Most people would not consider golf to require an extreme amount of athletic ability. Let's face it, the game can be played well by even the most seemingly out-of-shape players.
But there is a consistent factor with all great ball strikers -- they are all able to generate a tremendous amount of power from their lower body combined with an incredible sense of balance. It's not something you're born with -- it's developed. This is why gaining even a small degree of lower body strength and balance can add dozens of yards to your drives.
And that's what led Bobby Schaeffer and world-class physical trainer and strength coach Leo Costa to develop the following exercises. Don't worry, you're not going to be feeling the burn. These simple moves were only designed to add strength and balance in areas specifically needed for great golf.
They're not difficult. In fact, if you perform these simple and easy exercises just three times a week for 15 minutes (a few minutes per exercise) you will notice a dramatic increase in the amount of raw power you'll be able to generate from your lower body. You'll be hitting drives longer than ever! The purpose of these 7 exercises is to give you the maximum power, endurance and balance you'll need specifically for golf without suffering through some tedious gym workout. Remember, take it easy. These are NOT meant to exhaust you. Of course, as with any exercise program, before you start make sure you consult your physician.
This also warms up hip flexers and groin muscles. With hands in front of you, squat down and go under an imaginary fence. To add a twist, do the "Under the Fence" exercise, add 5 up-and-down squats every time you go "under" the fence. Remember, these exercises aren't supposed to be strenuous, so if you're feeling at all tired -- don't do the squats.
Much of your development will be in your balance. Being able to maintain good balance while using as much power as you can is the key to many sports, especially golf. When this exercise routine becomes too simple for you, try adding more repetitions or even some dumbell weights. It won't be long before your balance, endurance, and especially your power level is dramatically increased. Good luck!