The Chest Pass (Split Squat) Exercise is a great way to build power and speed in your arms, shoulders and chest.
The Chest Pass (Split Squat) Exercise forms part of the Golf Power series of innovative and dynamic exercises that are designed to efficiently build explosive power in your golf swing, increasing club head speed and shot distance.
This exercise requires a medicine ball and a wall to throw it against. Alternatively, you could throw the ball to a partner.
This is a power training exercise, so use a moderate weight that enables you to move fast, in an explosive (plyometric) movement, while always maintaining control and proper form.
Quality of movement is much more important than how heavy a ball you are throwing.
For power exercises, the end of the set shouldn’t necessarily feel harder. Your effort level should remain relatively high throughout the set.
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- Start by standing in a split stance, facing a wall about 3 feet (1m) away, holding a medicine ball at arms length in front of your chest.
- Bend your front knee to lower your hips towards the floor. This is the starting position.
- In one explosive movement, bring the ball to your chest and then throw the ball as hard as you can against the wall.
- Catch the ball with both hands and return to the starting position.
- Continue for the desired number of repetitions.
- Repeat as you squat on the other leg.
Focus on throwing the ball equally with both arms. Keep your back knee off the ground and your hips and lower body stable, with no movement except from your arms.
Squat as low as you feel able, but keep your back knee off the ground and do not let your front knee collapse to the inside or slide forwards past your toes.
Keep your abdominal muscles engaged, your chest up and back flat.
You should feel it working your chest, arms, and shoulders.
When you first perform this exercise, make one throw at a time, resetting your position and balance in between reps, and concentrating on throwing as explosively as you can while maintaining perfect form.
As you become more proficient, try to link the throws together into one continuous movement – when you do this you won’t fully catch the ball between reps, just guide it back to your chest and then explode it into the wall.
As your strength increases and the exercise gets easier, either throw the ball harder or progress to a heavier ball.
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