Workout Wednesday: Child’s Pose For Posture And Pain Relief (50 Second Read)

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One of the most common ailments in golf is lower back pain. More people come in to my golf shop looking for Advil than they do divot tools. Because golf puts you in unnatural positions and movements putting strain on your body.

Yoga could be the best exercise for golf. However, don’t doubt weightlifting and golf specific exercises (explained in future posts). Childs Pose, also known as Balasana, does wonders for the back, mind and soul.

Child’s Pose:

  • Relives tension in lower back chest and shoulders
  • Lengthens the spine for great posture
  • Relieves stress and anxiety (first tee jitters)
  • Helps blood circulation throughout the body
  • Other Namaste stuff

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To get to Child’s Pose simply start by kneeling on a yoga mat or on the floor. Bring your knees together and rest your butt on your feet. Exhale and slowly rest your torso over your thighs so that your head touches the mat. Do this twice a day and call me in the morning.

Spot-On Chipping

Chipping can be very intimidating. I notice a lot of beginners and amateurs incorrectly approaching the chip shot. First, they look at where the ball lies. Then, they look at the flag and take the shot hoping to hit it with just the right amount of force to get the ball into the hole.

What I would suggest is, look at where the ball lies. Then, look at the flag. Most importantly, pick a spot in where you want the ball to land. By doing so, you have a fixed target. When chipping, hit the spot that you chose as your target then, let the ball roll towards the hole. This will make your chipping more consistent.

Here is a great drill to practice distance control:

Before you start practicing your chipping, lay four clubs in front of you on the green about a foot and a half apart from each other.

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The goal is to land the balls in each section. To utilize this drill efficiently, you must do this in rounds.

Round 1: Land one ball in the first section closest to you before moving to the next.

Round 2: Land two balls in the first section closest to you before moving to the next section and so on until you complete 5 rounds.

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Try this drill with a variety of clubs to learn different trajectories. Also, play around with the distance of the four clubs that you lay in front of you. By doing this, you will improve your short game.