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Lower Body Strength Exercises

This is part 1 of a 5-part series on Lower Body Strength exercises for golfers.

Do you want more power in your swing? Do you want to hit the ball past your buddies on the course? Do you want to not lose distance as you’re getting older? Because we’re all getting older? The key to that is to do lower body strength exercises on a regular basis.

That means ground reaction force. Now, what does ground reaction force mean? Ground reaction force is the ability to load your legs and unload, meaning you’re pushing into the ground and that ground is going to push back at you and you’re going to start moving.

The more strength you have, the more you can load. The more you can unload. And to do this you need to do lower body strength exercises.

And that ground will push back even harder and get you moving. That ball farther. So, in this five-part series of lower body strength, we will do just that. I’m going to give you my five favorite lower body strength exercises to help you with a very strong base or foundation. So, number one is today. This is called kneel to stand, to kneel or stand to kneel, to stand however you like to think of it.

If you need a chair, if you need a golf club, if you need a table, feel free to use that. I don’t want you falling during this. So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to start with your standing and I’m just going to go down to a kneeling position. Do you need something to hold on to do it?

See how that works? Test yourself. This is a daily activity you should be able to do anyway. Okay. Nice and tall. I’m squeezing my glutes. My abs are in. I’m Neal and I do a half kneel. Can I stand up? Can I take that same leg back down again? And can I kneel back down? Okay, I’m going to do it.

The other leg. Right, left, right and left. Okay. You’re probably going to have a leg. I like my right leg. I like going up from the ground on my right leg. I need to work on my left leg even more. So, we’ll try a few more again. If you have something to hold on to, please hold on to it.

You might get a little bit shaky coming up because you’re teaching the joints, the ankles, the knees, the hips, the core to work in sequence, just like in your golf swing. Ready? Here we go. One, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. You can see them alternating. You wouldn’t have to alternate. You could stay with the one side each time.

There’s a lot more going on here than you realize. And it’s not the easiest move to do as we get older. I see it every day that it gets harder and harder to do and then we lose our balance on the golf course. Maybe we come out of our swing, we lose our posture. This will help you keep your lower body strength.

Again, if you need two things to hold on to. If you need a table. But to get off the floor is a very important skill that we need for the rest of our lives. So lower body strength needs to stand, to kneel for that exercise and more.

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