Golf: Swing the Broom

How far can you drive the ball? Has your distance decreased, stayed the same or increased over the years? Most golfers loose distance over time. As we age the muscles that are used to swing the golf club contract or weaken or something else happens that does not allow as wide a swing arc or as much swing speed. So, it is important to stay strong and limber as long as we can. One of the best exercises you can do to maintain strength while staying limber is accomplished with an ordinary kitchen broom. Here is how to do it.

Start by gripping the broom handle with the bristles in a vertical position. Slowly swing the broom back as far as you can and then forward as far as you can. The broom is going to feel heavy compared to a golf club and as you swing through the hitting zone you are going to feel a lot of resistance. The goal is to work up to 2 sets of 10 repetitions. At first you may only be able to do 5 and 5 and you will definitely feel it in your wrists. So, it is better to work up to the 2 sets of 10 over a few days then to try to do it all on the first day. Increase your speed as you wrists become stronger. You are going to use all your golf swing muscles during this exercise which is why it is so beneficial. You should notice that your wrists are going to position themselves properly in the backswing, through impact and follow-through. You should also notice what it feels like to be connected throughout the golf swing.

This exercise only takes a few minutes a day and you should see an improvement in driving distance within two to three weeks.

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