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Golf Biomechanics - Inner Thigh Squeeze Hip Exercise
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Published: February 16, 2014
This exercise will help strengthen your inner thighs and give you better posture and stability in your setup and throughout your swing.
For this exercise you'll need a basketball and an exercise mat or carpeted floor where you can lie down. Deflate the basketball slightly to make it easier to squeeze with your knees.
Lie down on the mat, making sure to keep your upper body flat on the ground. Your lower back has a natural curve to it, and the "arc" of the curve should not touch the ground when you lie flat. Your body weight will be supported by the upper pelvis.
Keep your feet flat on the floor and raise your knees. Place the basketball between your knees as shown in the photo above. Squeeze the ball with your knees and hold for a one second count. Do 15 one-second reps, then 15 short, quick reps.
For the second phase of the exercise, keep your knees bent and pull your legs up until your knees are lined up over your hip sockets, as shown in the photo above. Your thighs will be in a vertical position, directly over your hips.
Once again, do 15 one-second squeezes followed by 15 short, quick reps. As before, make sure that the curve of your lower back is just barely off the ground as you perform the repetitions.
For the final position, place your feet flat on the floor with knees raised, as before. Now contract your glutes to lift your hips up off the ground, as shown in the final photo. Again, do 15 one-second reps and 15 quick, short bursts.
Checkpoints for Practice
- Lie on your back, maintaining the natural curve of the small of the back, which should not touch the floor
- In each position, squeeze a slightly deflated basketball for 15 reps of a one-second count, then 15 rapid-fire squeezes
- Position 1 - Keep upper body & feet flat on the floor, hold the ball between raised knees
- Position 2 - Raise legs (keeping knees bent) until the knees are directly above the hip sockets
- Position 3 - Place feet flat on floor & contract glutes to raise hips off the ground