The Parallel Throw Exercise is a great way to build power and speed in your arms, hips and core, while developing rotational stability and balance.
The Parallel Throw 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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Figure 1. Parallel Throw Exercise Video.
- Start by standing in an athletic position, facing a wall about 3 feet (1m) away, holding a medicine ball in front of your waist.
- In one explosive movement, take the ball back behind you by rotating your torso and hips to the right, 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 on the other side.
Initiate the throw by attacking with the hip on your throwing side, thrusting it towards the wall as you drive the other hip back around, following with your torso, arms and then the ball.
Keep your torso as centred as you can, rotating around a fixed axis.
Keep your abdominal muscles engaged, chest up, back flat, and your shoulder blades back and down.
You should feel it working your hips and core.
When you first perform this exercise, make one throw at a time, resetting your position and balance each time, 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, storing the energy as you catch the ball and exploding it back into each throw.
As your strength increases and the exercise gets easier, either throw the ball harder or progress to a heavier ball.
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