The Leg Cradle Exercise is a great way to improve the mobility around your hip capsules, improving your balance and stabilising your hips, while stretching your glutes and groin.
The Leg Cradle Exercise forms part of the Golf Balance series of innovative and dynamic exercises that will develop your balance and body awareness for improved consistency and ball-striking from any lie, and for a more efficient golf swing, enabling you to generate more power while maintaining a solid base of support.
Figure 1. Leg Cradle Exercise Video.
- Start by standing in perfect posture, your knees unlocked, your arms at your sides, and your shoulder blades back and down.
- Lift your left foot off the ground and squat back and down slightly while standing on your right leg.
- Lift your left knee to your chest, and place your left hand under your knee and your right hand under your ankle.
- Slowly pull your left shin as close to your chest as you can while contracting your right glutes.
- Push tall with your right leg.
- Return to the starting position and repeat with the other leg.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions with each leg.
Maintain perfect posture, keeping your chest up and back straight throughout.
You should feel a stretch through the outside of the hip of your lifted leg, and the hip flexors of your standing leg, as your balance is challenged.
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