The Plié Squat 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.
Figure 1. Plié Squat Exercise Video.
- Start by standing tall with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart, your feet turned out by 45 degrees, and your arms raised straight in front of your chest.
- Initiating the movement with your hips, squat back and down until your thighs are parallel to the ground.
- Return to a standing position by pushing through your hips.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
Do not let your knees slide forwards past your toes, or collapse to the inside, during this exercise. Keep your chest up, your tummy in, and your back flat.
You may, at first, find it difficult to keep your hips back as you squat. You can make this easier by holding a light weight in your hands to aid your balance.
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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