Golf Asia|May - June 2020
The ‘core’ is a series of muscles around the mid-section all working simultaneously to stabilize the body, and when it comes to physical activity, it means more than having a 6-pack and looking good in a swimsuit. An athlete can have an incredibly strong core in relation to the demands of their sport without the chiseled stomach. Jon Rahm, Shane Lowry and Andrew “Beef” Johnston come to mind.
Think of the abdominal muscles as your body’s braking system, a Ferrari would be useless without high-performance brakes.
So training to have a strong core is crucial to withstanding any forces stressing the body during the golf swing - not only for power and speed but also longevity in any sport.
Without the correct and strong foundation, it is only a matter of time before pain sets in. This is especially relevant for the younger generation, whose bodies change drastically during growth spurts.
And as age inevitably catches up with us, it is imperative to restore a strong core; for golf to be played healthily long into the later years.
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May - June 2020