The Band Chop (Split Stance, Dowel) Exercise is a great way to build strength and stability in your shoulders, abdominal muscles and hips.
The Band Chop (Split Stance, Dowel) Exercise forms part of the Golf Strength and Endurance series of innovative and dynamic exercises that are designed to efficiently increase your stabilising strength – supporting proper body alignment, movement patterns, and energy transfer within the golf swing, and helping to prevent injuries.
This exercise requires a resistance band or tubing, connected to one end of a dowel. Alternatively, you could use a cable machine with a stability bar or rope attachment.
A broom handle makes a suitable dowel, ideally with a strong hook on one end that can be used to attach the band. It is possible to just hold the band against the dowel with your hand. Alternatively, you could use a piece of rope and hold it taught.
- Connect a dowel to a resistance band that is anchored above you and to your right.
- Start by standing tall in a split stance, your right foot forwards, and your left foot directly in line with your right. Hold the dowel with both hands in a wide grip.
- Rotate your shoulders to the right.
- Without moving your torso, pull the dowel down across your body.
- Push the dowel down and away to your left as you rotate your chest to the left.
- Slowly reverse the movement to return to the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
- Switch sides and repeat (with the band anchored above you and to your left).
Keep both legs slightly bent, your toes pointed forwards, and fire your back
Keep your chest up, your shoulder blades pulled back and down, and your abdominal muscles engaged throughout.
You should feel it working your shoulders, hips and abdominal muscles.
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