Fitness for golfers: Hip mobility
Club hip hinge
Develops ability to hinge from the hips, which is crucial for set-up and maintaining posture.
Aim to perform 10 reps slowly as part of your pre-round warm up.
Step 1 – Place your club flat to your back so that one end is in contact with your lower spine and the top end touches your head.
Step 2 – Drive your weight and hips backwards as you flex at the hips, maintaining contact with the club at all times.
Step 3 – Squeeze your buttocks as you return back to a standing position.
This dynamic stretch prepares the hips, hamstrings and hip flexors.
Aim to perform 10 leg swings on both legs and in both directions.
Step 1 – Stand on one leg and use a golf club to balance yourself if needed.
Step 2 – Swing your leg across your body and then back out and away from your body so you feel a gentle stretch in the thighs and hips. Maintain your balance and stability as you move.
Rachael Tibbs is a TPI L2 Certified Golf Fitness Professional, who specialises in golf-specific strength and conditioning.