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And we’re rolling baby we’re gonna knock out a lot of birds with this one stone right here. I’ve got three different gadgets and gizmos that is going to help us with increasing our core and glute strength or activation and strength. It’s going to help us rotate with true shoulder turn without swaying. It’s going to help us load the right leg into the backswing. That’s a really hard thing for people to do. They think that weight shifting is the same as loading, and it is not the same at all. So the three things that I have here is one, I have a band that’s attached to my left. The other thing that I have is a swing plate here with an alignment stick in it.
The third thing that I have here is a yoga mat that’s foam. It’s like a quarter inch foam yoga mat. So we’re going to set everything up and we’re going to get into our golf stance. Let’s get this as straight as possible. There we go. So we want this to be. There we go. That’s straight. We want to be looking straight down the alignment stick. So the alignment stick is pretty much poking me right in the nose. I’m looking straight down the alignment stick. Good angle view there still? Looking straight down the alignment stick. I’m in my golf stance here. I got the band here. There’s not a whole lot of tension in it yet. I’m going to get into my address position.
I’ve got my right foot on the yoga mat here. Left foot is on solid concrete ground essentially. into my golf stance. Now I’m going to take my right hand and put it on my belt buckle, straighten my left elbow, and I’m going to go into the backswing trying to stretch the band. I’m trying to stretch it so I’m extending my hand away from the target behind me. And as I do that, I’m looking straight down the alignment stick. The important part of this alignment stick is it’s going to give you a visual, immediate if you’re swaying at all to stretch the band. Because so many of us do a slight sway into the backswing and we don’t even know it. So get this thing, get your nose as close as you can to the alignment stick and then go into the backswing, stretching the band as hard as you can, looking down alignment stick, making sure that I’m not swaying at all so we got true shoulder turn.
Now the icing on the cake is what you do with the yoga mat. Now I’m going to try to push my foot through the yoga mat trying to feel the floor underneath the yoga mat and that’s going to help me load my right leg instead of just weight shifting onto the right leg. Very big difference. Weight shifting is not going to help you generate more power from your glutes. Loading into the right leg So here we go, let’s do it all together. Addressed position, looking straight down, knees soft, ass back, core engaged, chest up, right hand is on the belt buckle. As I go into the backswing, I’m doing it slowly so that I can keep visuals right down this alignment stick. I’m stretching the band as hard as I can.
As I stretch it, I pull my core even tighter, and then the icing on the cake is I make sure my right knee is flexed so that I can push my foot through this yoga mat as hard as I can. I’m working hard right now. This is not easy. We got core firing. We got right glutes firing. I got my right foot firing. It’s hard for me to keep my breath and keep talking. And then come back. And then do it again. And come back. Do it again. Come back. Again. Come back. Hold it for five seconds. Hold. Core’s tucked in tight. Pushing my foot through the ground. Come back. Do it again. Come back. Again, come back and just do it over and over and over again.
The important part is making sure that you’re looking right down the alignment stick. Make sure your nose is as close as you can possibly get to the alignment stick because if you sway one way or the other, if you sway one way or the other, you will know it. The more you focus right on the butt end of the stick, the more you’re going to be turning within the cylinder. The more you stretch that band without swaying at all, the more you’re going to be getting true shoulder turn and core activation. The more you push your right foot through the foam yoga mat, the more you’re going to be loading this right leg instead of just weight shifting onto the right leg. Very big differences.
Make sure you do this at least on a weekly basis. Core firing, glute firing, it’s going to help you get better and better and better so that you’re out on the range. You can actually do it when the little white things in front of you, because that’s when things go crazy, right? Once we have repercussions from what we’re doing, it’s completely different. So high repetitions of this to train your brain how to do it over and over again. if you want more simple things like this, make sure you check out the t-shot Transformation. Link to it will be in the show notes. I go over tons of simple things like this that help you with your biomechanics, figure it out, and then implement it on the golf course.
Implement it on the driving range. Super simple. Make sure you like and subscribe. Give me a thumbs up. Comment below. I like all the comments that we’ve been getting lately. And let me know what you want me to go over next. Yeah!

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Dr. Jake Berman

Dr. Jake Berman

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Jake Berman, PT, DPT sought out mentorship first from Bob Seton in Destin, FL and then from Aaron Robles in Jacksonville, FL. Both of these mentors have 20+ years of experience helping people keep active and mobile so they can enjoy high quality active lifestyles. What Jake found was that back pain was by far the most debilitating pain and the highest factor leading to decreased physical activity later in life. These experiences are what inspired Jake to specialize in helping people aged 50+ keep active, mobile and pain free despite the aging process. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to alleviate somebody’s back pain so that they can get back to living their best life- especially in Naples! Over the years of helping 100’s of people aged 65-75 become stronger and pain free, one thing for sure has become apparent: “he who rests rots”. Jake is a firm believer that we become stiff then old, not old then stiff. Seriously, think about it...
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