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5 Great Exercises for Golf

Strength exercises may help your game just as much as practicing on the green.

If you love the game of golf and are always looking for the next opportunity to get out on the golf course, then golf exercises will help improve your game. Practice and getting out there and playing are both important to getting better, but if you really want to get an edge on the competition, do some strength exercises to give you power where you really need it.
Here are 5 great exercises that will help you improve your golf game.

Leg Press

This exercise works the glutes, hamstrings and quadriceps. Use a leg press machine that can be found at most gyms. Make sure to adjust the back rest to fit your body and give you a full extension. Your feet should be at the center of the platform, flat and about shoulder width apart. Lower the weight until your knees are at about a 90 degree angle and keep your heels flat. Your hips should be pressed against the back rest. Push back to the starting position.

Flat Dumbbell Press

This dumbbell exercise works the pectorals, anterior deltoids and triceps. Using two dumbbells and a weight bench, lie flat on the bench. Your feet should be flat on the floors and the dumbbells gripped with your palms facing forward. Press the dumbbells above your chest and fully extend your arms. Lower slowly to just above the chest and exhale as you press upwards.

Twisting Lunges

This is a good core exercise and will improve your balance and your swing, giving you more power and distance. In a standing position, hold a dumbbell or a medicine ball in front of you at your chest. Step forward with one leg and rotate your upper body to the same side. Return to the starting position and repeat with the opposite leg.

Dumbbell Lateral Raises

This is good for your shoulders. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and a dumbbell in each hand. Start with your hands at your sides and raise the dumbbells until your arms are in a straight horizontal line.  Lower slowly to the starting position.

Crunches

This abdominal exercise is good for improving your overall midsection. Lie on the floor with your feet resting on a weight bench. Place your hands over your chest and pull your chest towards the ceiling. Hold for a moment and then lower your body back to the floor.

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