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  • Get golf strong
    WORDS BY: Ian Tan The start of a series of golf muscle training from the founder of Ritual Gym. I get it – golf is your spor

  • Louis Oosthuizen’s Flop Shot Clinic
    Admit it, you have at least once googled how to execute a flop shot and only to get ineffectual advises like “… lead t

  • Trackman with Martin Kaymer, Bernhard Langer & Louis Oosthuizen
    In recent years, leading technologies has been transforming the sport of golf. Golfers now have the chance to improve their game w
Get golf strong

WORDS BY: Ian Tan

The start of a series of golf muscle training from the founder of Ritual Gym.

I get it - golf is your sport. You want to do it as often as you can, and you want to play well. This column is designed to help serious golfers learn how to build strong, functional bodies in a time-efficient and focused manner. It's not about big bulky muscles and a nice butt, although that’s nice to have - it's about priming the body to excel at your sport of choice.

One of the most common complaints amongst seasoned golfers is lower back pain. A lot of people remedy that with massage and stretching, which definitely helps provide temporary relief. There's nothing wrong with that but regular golfers need to go beyond addressing the symptoms to what's causing the pain.

Sure, the lower back might feel tight, but golfers' lower back pain isn't just about weakness or tightness; it's about imbalance. It's not just playing more golf until your body gets used to it; it's about doing the right things to develop that spinal stability that golf requires.

Think about it: the sport requires rotation and power development in one direction, countless times. Whether you're generating maximum power at the driving range, or working for precision on the putting green, you're rotating the body in the same direction.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to convince people to learn to swing a club in the opposite direction, or play less golf. It’s not necessary if you learn to develop the correct stability in the body, especially in the spine.

A lot of times golfers (and personal trainers) get carried away in the gym, opting to do fancy rotational exercises to help their golf swing, instead of choosing to first work for stability.

There are literally dozens of muscles in the area between the sternum and pelvis that are designed to protect the spine, especially around the lower back. If your core is strong and stable, it allows power to transfer through the body and into the golf ball efficient and safely.

If your lower back hurts, focus on basic core activation drills like planks and side planks that require you to keep the core stable, and skip the rotational movements until you've built a good foundation.

The cool part is that once you teach your body this stability and strength, your golf game will almost always improve, because you'll have a solid, stable foundation. The future articles in this column will teach you exactly how to perform specific exercises to help you achieve this.

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Louis Oosthuizen’s Flop Shot Clinic

Admit it, you have at least once googled how to execute a flop shot and only to get ineffectual advises like "... lead the club with the heel, then your clubface will remain open and will finish facing up at the sky at the finish!

If you had enough of all those ludicrous help rendered online, start watching how Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador Louis Oosthuizen execute the flop shot. 

Make sure to let us know if Louis' advise helps next time you're on the course!

 

 

See more from the ambassadors at www.facebook.com/MercedesBenzGolf 

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Trackman with Martin Kaymer, Bernhard Langer & Louis Oosthuizen

In recent years, leading technologies has been transforming the sport of golf. Golfers now have the chance to improve their game with TrackMan by monitoring their statistical performances.

Take a look at the statistics behind the swings of Mercedes-Benz brand amabassaors Martin Kaymer, Bernhard Langer & Louis Oosthuizen. 

 

 

See more from the ambassadors at www.facebook.com/MercedesBenzGolf 

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