The Lateral Squat (Low) Exercise is a great way to stretch the muscles on the inside of your thighs and hips, while building strength in your quadriceps.
The Lateral Squat (Low) Exercise forms part of the Golf Stability series of innovative and dynamic exercises that will build stability in your joints and core for better consistency and ball-striking.
Figure 1. Lateral Squat (Low) Exercise Video.
- Start by standing tall with your feet about twice shoulder-width apart.
- Keeping your right leg straight, push your hips back and to the left.
- Bend your left knee and lower your body until your left thigh is parallel to the floor.
- Pause and feel the stretch in your groin.
- Staying down in a squat position, slide your hips to the right until your left leg is straight and repeat the stretch.
- Continue from side to side, keeping your hips low, for the desired number of repetitions on each leg.
Your feet should point straight ahead and remain flat on the floor at all times.
Do not let your knee on the squatting side slide forwards past your toes, keep your weight back over your ankles. Keep your your back flat, your tummy in, and your chest up.
How Will It Benefit Your Golf Swing?
To perform a great golf swing, you need enough leg strength to transfer your body weight onto your lead leg and to extend your hips up through impact. This creates a huge amount of force against the ground, which in turn is applied back into the your golf swing by the ground, a phenomenon known as Ground Reaction Force (GRF).
Preparing your muscles and nervous system to effectively use your legs during the golf swing is crucial for generating power.
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