Increase your side bend with windmills

Here’s a great tip on stretching from one of our favourite instructors, Roger Fredericks:

Not much is mentioned in Golf Instruction Circles regarding side bend – particularly in the downswing.

A look at Tour Players clearly show that when they start down, their Right Shoulders actually go down and angled towards the ball.  This is also in conjunction with their left hip and Left Shoulder turn out of the way.  Ie, the left shoulder will be turning Left and Out of the Way; thus allowing the left side to open up and create Centrifugal Force and Power from the Right Side.

In order to have ample Side Bend in the swing, the muscle chains on the Sides of the Torso need to be limber.  If they’re tight, the torso will definitely be restricted which prevents the turning of the torso and also diminishes Centrifugal Force (Speed.)

The Windmill stretches will definitely help loosen up your Sides (Obliques), QLO’s, etc.

I personally do Windmills everyday (sometimes mixed in with Triangle Poses).

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Peter Mumford
Peter Mumford is the Editor of Fairways Magazine. He's played over 500 different courses in 21 countries and met some fascinating people along the way. He's also a long-suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

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