4 Arm And Shoulder Exercises Every Golfer Should Try Out
There are many exercises golfers can try when working to tone and strengthen arms and shoulders. These parts of the body play an important role in how you swing. Exercises can improve how the look to give a pleasing visual appeal, but golfers will benefit even more when they swing. Keeping arms and shoulders in shape reduces injury risk and overtime improves play performance. When performing a backswing or upswing doing such exercises can make a difference in how you follow through. Aside from doing stretches before each round, consider using the following ideas regularly between practice.
- Standing shoulder press with 2 small dumbbell weights. Have a dumbbell in each hand. Start with arms down at your sides but palms faced forward. Lift both arms up straight and as you do, turn your body toward the right. As your arms come back down move your body back to where you started. Do the same for the left side.
- For strengthen your shoulders try shoulder turns. Using an exercise band and smaller iron, place the exercise band under your lead foot and hold the other end of the band as you grip your club. Pretend to make a golf swing with your iron and you will feel resistance in your shoulder as you start to turn to make the swing. This can be done in 10 or 15 reps to benefit both shoulders.
- Front shoulder stretches using a bench lift. Using small dumbbells lay on the bench lift (on your back). Make a 90 degree angle with your elbows. While maintaining the angle move your hands down until they are next to your hips. For each arm do about 10 and you can alternate them. When done correctly there should be tension instead of pain toward the front area of your shoulders.
- To tone and strengthen biceps consider arm curls. Use a dumbbell in each hand or two objects the same weight such as two cans or two bottles of water. Spread your feet apart enough to evenly distribute body weight between them. As you curl your arm your wrist should face up toward the ceiling. Slowing raise your left arm to your left shoulder. Do this 8 times on the left and then on the right. As you get comfortable overtime doing the exercise consider adding more weight to work with in your hands.