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Tips from the Pros: The Most Important Muscle in Golf

Tips from the Pros: The Most Important Muscle in Golf

Ready to take your golf game to the next level in The Palm Beaches? The Fit Golfer Girl shares her tips for keeping the most important muscle in golf healthy.

This comment turned him into the (ahem) butt of everyone’s jokes; however, Tiger was right. The glutes are the most important muscle in golf. And if yours are not properly activated, you will lose distance and power, and put yourself at risk of injury.  

The Most Important Muscle in Golf

The glutes are the largest and most powerful muscles in the human body. They are considered to be part of “the core,” and one of their main functions is to help us stabilize and protect our spine during daily life movements—such as the golf swing. Without strong, active glutes, our spine is at risk of being put under excessive stress, leading to pain and eventually injury. Additionally, without strong glutes, it’s almost impossible for us to recruit our lower bodies during the downswing. This will result in a loss of swing speed and an inefficient golf swing sequence in which the upper body leads, wasting the energy and potential power that the lower body could bring into the mix.   

Why It Happens

Having weak glutes is more common than you think. In fact, around 90% of the golfers that come see me for help have this issue. Why are so many golfers currently dealing with weak glutes? The answer will surprise you—and hopefully get you off your butt (literally). Most of us are aware of the negative side effects of sitting for long periods of time. One of these side effects is the shortening and tightening of the muscles in front of the hip (also known as the hip flexors). As a direct result, the glutes, which are located directly behind this muscle on the opposite side of the body, become lengthened and weak. If you are someone who sits for hours at a time, you need to be doing something to undo the damage that this position does to your body; otherwise, you are setting yourself up for an inefficient golf swing and the potential for lots of pain.  

How to Fix It

The following exercises will help you regain control of the glutes. You can do these every day, always focusing on feeling the movement in the correct place. 

Hip Flexor Stretch

Hip flexor stretch

First things first. Let’s stretch out the muscles inhibiting your glutes from working to their maximum potential.

Deer in the Headlights

Deer in the headlights glutes exercise

Glute Bridges

Glute bridge exercise

My favorite exercise of all time! Glute bridges are great to activate and strengthen the glutes.

Perform three sets of 12-20 repetitions.

Keep in mind that depending on your fitness level, these exercises will take patience and time to master. You should not feel any discomfort or pain in your lower back while performing these moves.

Now get your glutes to work and start playing the best golf of your life!


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