The Long Game

“If you can’t putt you can’t score, if you can’t drive you can’t play”

Wise words!

Is this your problem? Not hitting the fairways consistently with your drives? Well I have a number of stretches and exercises to show you to improve your driving length and accuracy.

Now you’re gonna need a few things for these exercises so be prepared to head down to your local gym OR if you own a swiss ball and some dumbbells, you can do these from the comfort of your own home too…

Exercise #1

(You’ll need a swiss ball for this exercise)

Step 1: Lie back on the swiss ball.
Step 2: Raise your hips until they’re parallel with the floor.
Step 3: Cup one hand over the other and extend your arms straight over your chest.
Step 4: Twist your torso to one side and then over to the other while keeping you balance.

Repeat these steps 10-15 times for 2-3 sets depending on your capability – don’t over do it!

Known as a RUSSIAN BALL TWIST, this exercise will strengthen your core and help you to boost your swing! Big drivers like Bubba and Rory claim that this is one of the exercises that gives them the edge when they drive BIG.

This next exercise is a bit tricky but it’s one of the more fun exercises that you’ll come across and you’ll immediately feel the burn.

Exercise #2

Step 1: Assume your tee-off stance.
Step 2: Raise one leg off the floor (any leg it doesn’t matter).
Step 3: Keep your arms straight and extend your arms, with your back flat.
Step 4: Now rotate your torso from one side to the other.
Step 5: When you’ve completed 12-20 reps switch legs.

Repeat these steps for 2-3 sets depending on your capability. Make sure to workout at a pace that suits you. This is simply known as a SINGLE-LEG ROTATION. It’s easy and fun to do anywhere in the house.

The next exercise is the the LYING ROTATION… Well I say exercise, but its more of a stretch. It’s so easy you can even do it lying down……

Exercise #3

Sets: 2-3 Reps: 12-25

Step 1: Lie on the floor, and rest your legs on a Swiss ball with hips and knees bent 90 degrees.
Step 2: Extend your arms out to your sides with palms down.
Step 3: Dig your feet into the ball, then rotate your hips to one side and touch the floor with your knees.
Step 4: Repeat on the other side.

Reminder: Keep your shoulders down and flat throughout.

This is a great hip flexer exercise that will help you to become more liber and flexible. Its a great one for anyone who stiffens up half way through their round! Phil and Jim credit this exercise to their match fitness and longevity.

The next exercise is again a bit of a tricky one that requires some coordination and balance, as well as a dumbbell – but it’s definitely worth the fuss!

Exercise #4

Sets: 2-3 Reps: 15-20

Step 1: Hold a light dumbbell in one hand and stand on the opposite leg.
Step 2: Keeping your lower back in its natural arch, bend forward at the hips to lower the weight as far as you can without losing the arch.
Step 3: Extend your hips to come back up.
Step 4: Complete all your reps on one side, and then repeat on the opposite one.

This is known as a SINGLE-LEG SINGLE-ARM DEADLIFT… It’s a bit of a tough one and may require some more practice and room to try out!

It’s another great hip exercise that strengthens your hip’s and will improve your swing rotation, giving you more power on your follow through.

Now we are on the final approach to the 18th… It’s your last tee shot of the round and you are 1 behind your buddy. You need a good tee off.

Lucky for you, you’ve been reading my tips on how to drive further!

Unlucky for your bud they haven’t.

Time to show you the final round of exercises and stretches that will get you onto the fairway and send you on your way to an eagle. Whilst your competition can only dream of a par (because his drive is too rusty).

Here they are the final exercises to turn you into a big driving champ!

Exercise #5

Sets: 2-3, Reps: 12-15

Step 1: Get on all fours, and raise your head while trying to drive your spine down to the floor as much as possible (like a dog sitting).
Step 2: Then lower your head, and round your back (like a cat stretching).

That’s one rep.

For the yoga nuts out there, they will recognise the first step as part of the downward dog stretch. I’ve changed it a bit to add the cat stretch, that’s why I call it CATS AND DOGS. This will stretch out your back and provide you with some added flexibility!

The next exercise is another one that requires no equipment but plenty of flexibility! Try as many as you can but don’t hurt yourself!

Exercise #6

Sets: 2-3, Reps: 15-20

Step 1: Lie on your back, on the floor.
Step 2: Bend one leg so your foot is close to your butt while the other remains extended.
Step 3: Brace your abs, and drive your foot into the floor to extend your hips and raise them up off the ground.

That’s one rep.

Simply known as a HIP RAISE, this is a great exercise to strengthen your core stomach muscles as well as your hips. Giving greater strength to your drive rotations and adding power to your followthrough.

The final exercise on my big driving tour requires a few gym items but trust me – this one is the best exercise for your upping drive power!

Exercise #7

Sets: 2-3, Reps: 12-15

Step 1: Hold a light dumbbell in each hand and lie facedown on a Swiss ball.
Step 2: With your thumbs pointing to the ceiling, raise your arms up and outward at a 45-degree angle to make a V.
Step 3: Squeeze your shoulder blades together at the top.
Step 4: Lower your arms, and then raise them out to your sides, making a T.
Step 5: Lower your arms, and raise them up again with elbows bent so your body forms a W.

That’s one rep.

This one is known simply as the DUMBBELL V, T, W for obvious reasons… This provides your arms with power and strength that will double your drive’s distance. Be careful with this one as it will take a lot out of you!

And, there you have ’em!

The final exercises on my ‘big drives’ tour – I’m sure they’re gonna help you further your game.

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