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The king of the swing

The Gluteus muscle group does a lot more than attract our attention and cushion us as we sit!

 

Well-developed glutes allow us to stand, walk and run upright and recent studies have shown that the gluteus group plays a substantial role in core stability. Another interesting fact is that the gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body

 

Why are glutes the “King” in golf?

  • The glute group holds the body upright and is therefore important for posture and spine angle.
  • They play an important role in rotation of the hips
  • Being one of the most powerful muscles in the body, they are essential for power generation and distance.

 

What are the signs that my glutes are not firing as they should?

  • Lower back pain.
  • Tight lower back & hamstrings.
  • Loss of lower half stability in the swing.

 

How do I maximize my glute function?

  • Regular stretching of the anterior muscles of the hip (front of the hip, also called the Hip flexors)
  • Minimize excessive sitting or sitting for long periods
  • Lots of hip extension exercises (especially step ups)

 

The best way to find out if your glutes are firing is to test them.

Contact your resident fitness expert, Ian Corbett, for more info on this topic at:

ianc@gpge.co.za

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