Perhaps the most consistent request I get from golfers over 40 is to re-capture the yardage they once had in their youth. We all know that increasing the amount of coil or X-factor will produce a greater sling shot effect. What is less intuitive is that poor posture in the address position can actually inhibit the upper body’s ability to turn.
Try it. Sit with your shoulders rounded forward and turn your upper body to each side. Now draw your shoulders back and down, then turn to each side again. You should see a marked difference in the amount of turning ability.
If you set up to the ball with your shoulders rounded forward, you’ll get less turn, hence less coil, in other words, less separation between the upper and lower body. This equals less distance. A round-shouldered position is a direct result of tightness in the upper back caused by leaning over computers, laptops, PDA’s and cell phones.
The following simple exercises will free up tightness in the back, upper chest and also the front of the shoulder rotator cuff that pulls you into a rounded address position. You’ll also look like a champion when you walk down the fairway to find those long drives!
Chest Expansion Exercise
Bob Quirk, a PGA Class A teaching professional and club-fitter, did this exercise every day for about 10 days. He saw 7.5 mph more club head speed in his drives. And each mph equates to about 2 to 2.5 more yards!
Stand up straight with your arms hanging naturally straight down from your shoulders, palms facing behind you. The club is held horizontally behind your back resting in your hands with no bend at the wrists.
Inhale, pull your navel up and in, as you pull the club slightly back and away from your body without lifting your shoulders.
Exhale, keep the navel pulled up and in, and return to the starting position.