Simple beats “golf-ish” every time

When I first started training golfers back when the Rams were still in St. Louis, I got lots of advice from trainers.

One of those pieces of advice I remember like it was yesterday.

And it was from one of the most popular trainers in golf fitness.

We were at the Hyatt bar across the street from a long day at the PGA Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando – huuuuuge venue.

The advice?

“Make some of your exercises look golf-ish.

Doesn’t really matter if they’re doing anything.

Golfers want to feel like it should work.”

I could feel our co-founder Ryan rolling his eyes at me.

Needless to say, his plan didn’t jive with us.

Our programs have never had fluff.

And are always SIMPLE.

“How simple, Jeff?”.

Well, check out something as simple as…

Hip Rotations.

They don’t look “golf-ish”, but these can be a game-changer.

Our hips play a vital role in providing stability, mobility, and power to our swing.

Here’s why hip rotations are a mandatory drill for golfers who value mobility – and every golfer should…

1. Enhance Power & Distance

Like Chubbs Peterson always said, “It’s all in the hips.”

With better hip mobility, golfers can create more separation between their upper and lower body, resulting in an increased coil effect.

Ultimately, this leads to a more powerful swing that can send the ball soaring farther.

2. Improve Accuracy and Consistency

Hip rotation is at the core of consistency, as it enables us to maintain a stable posture throughout the swing.

By working on hip mobility and ensuring that the hips move correctly during the swing, we can maintain proper body alignment and clubface control.

3. Better Balance

Proper hip rotation helps to maintain balance throughout the swing, which is crucial for solid ball striking.
Golfers with restricted hip mobility may struggle to maintain their balance during the swing, leading to off-center hits and reduced ball flight – both very, very bad things.

Now that you know the deal, here’s how:

Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground.

Rotate your hips to one side while keeping your shoulders flat on the ground, and then switch to the other side.

5-7 times per week, I’d do ten on each side.

If you’ve gone through our Golf Body Blueprint program in the 18STRONG Membership, then you’re no stranger to hip rotations.

And if you haven’t joined us yet – head over to our membership page, sign-up for your free trial, and give it a shot for a week.

Alright, I’ve gotta run…I have so many “golf-ish exercises to make up:)