I see a lot of people comment on how great players strike the ball, they watch in admiration and dream of being able to replicate what they see. I tell people they can do exactly that, maybe not to tour standard but every body has the ability to hit the ball powerfully, its just a matter of using your body effectively!
The kinetic chain – it is the term used to describe the transfer and build-up of energy, in this case our bodies are being used to create and transfer energy into the golf ball. At any stage of the swing there can be energy ‘leaks’ which hinder the transfer of stored power. Some of these leaks are technique based, a lot are due to a lack of understanding of the way the body should be working throughout the swing.
The best way I have found to help people understand how the body works most efficiently is to get them to ‘feel’ it with exercises, these exercises require effective sequencing of the kinetic chain in order to perform them correctly.
1. Kettlebell swings
Kettlebell swings are a true kinetic chain motor! The kettlebell itself helps you because its weight makes it hard to perform wrong, if you do you will know it! Read my article on kettlebell swings for more information and instruction.
Deadlifting with proper form shows you how the floor is key to transferring power, learning to push through the ground and sequence the body to avoid power ‘leaks’. Read more in my article on deadlifts for form and tips and variations.
3. Plyometric Jumps (Box jump – Vertical jump – Standing long jump)
Plyometric jumping movements are, in my opinion, the best way to learn how to move your body explosively! These will take what you learned about sequencing and using the ground from the kettlebell swings and deadlifts and combine it into one powerful package! Stay tuned as next week I will be going into the details of plyometric jumping movements.
Using these movements you will be able to learn how to use your body effectively, reduce ‘power leaks’ and improve your kinetic chain sequencing and power output.
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