“Separation, separation, separation. It’s all about separation,” Don Saladino, owner of New York City’s Drive 495, says. “Your upper body has to spin one way, while your lower body remains still.
Saladino is the owner of one of the largest golf training facilities in the Tri-state area and he let us know that getting distance in your golf swing isn’t so much as how big your muscles are, but how you maintain a balanced swing.
“You want to keep your lower and upper body as loose as possible,” he says. “Arm and thigh foam roller exercises work great for this. You also want to have flexible glutes because keeping a balanced swing depends upon it. Practicing hip flexor stretches and bridge exercises will help improve these muscles.”
Saladino, whose brother is a top amateur golfer, stated that separating your upper body motion from lower body movement is the ultimate key to increasing power. When golfers like Tiger Woods or Rory Mcllroy tee off, they’re able to keep their legs relatively still as their upper body rotates backwards and forwards. Reach-back exercises and split-stance training will help in this separation.
“The closer you are to gaining that upper/lower body rotation separation in your swing, the more power you’ll be able to generate,” Saladino says.
The Long Drive Workout >>
* 3 full-body workouts per week.
|Exercise(s)||Front Squat||3 sets x 10 reps|
|Push Ups superset with Face Pulls||3 sets of 15 reps per exercise|
|Lat Pull Down superset with Side Lateral Raises||3 sets of 12 reps each exercise|
|Cable Woodchops||3 sets of 10 reps per side|
|Russian Twists with or without weight||3 sets of 10-15 reps|
|Stretches||V Sit and Reach||3 sets x 10 reps|
|Scorpion||3 sets of 10 reps per side|
|Cobra Pose||3 sets of 30 second holds|