The Thoracic Spine Rotation Exercise stretches and helps to improve mobility in your torso, specifically your thoracic spine – your middle and upper back.
Thoracic spine mobility is an extremely important, and often times overlooked, component of a great golf swing.
Poor thoracic mobility can very easily lead to pain and increase the potential for injuries in the shoulders, neck, lower back, and hips. Unfortunately, our daily habits and posture make us all very prone to poor thoracic spine mobility.
The Thoracic Spine Rotation Exercise forms part of the Golf Mobility series of innovative and dynamic exercises that will help to improve your joint and muscle mobility, improving your range of motion while increasing functional strength within the entire range of that motion – thus helping to prevent injuries and building the foundation for a consistent, accurate, and powerful golf swing.
Figure 1. Thoracic Spine Rotation Exercise Video.
- Start by sitting back on your heels, face down on the ground, with your left hand behind your head and your right hand outstretched on the ground in front of you.
- Rotate your left elbow to the sky while exhaling, stretching the front of your torso, and hold for one deep breath, in and out.
- Return to the starting position and repeat for required number of repetitions.
- Switch arms and repeat.
Keep your abdominal muscles engaged and your hips square to the ground throughout.
How Will It Benefit Your Golf Swing?
The Thoracic Spine Rotation Exercise is great for keeping your spine mobile and helping to reduce stiffness in your lower and middle back.
Spine mobility is crucial for a good golf swing. It enables you to maintain proper posture throughout the swing, and to rotate your body safely and efficiently. The Thoracic Spine Rotation Exercise is especially good for helping you to avoid rounding in your middle back.
Developing poor posture or stiffness in your back will reduce your ability to rotate properly and will alter your swing mechanics, leading to faulty swing patterns and increased risk of injury.
For more information on the perfect golf posture, see Golf Swing 101 – Setup: Basic Posture and Golf Swing 103 – Setup: The Perfect Golf Spine Angle.
This exercise mainly involves your erector spinae.
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