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  • Jeremy Wampler

Power from the Glutes: Unleashing the Force Behind Your Golf Swing

The butt muscles, also known as the gluteal muscles, play a crucial role in the game of golf. In this blog post, we will delve deeper into this topic and explore its significance. The gluteal muscles consist of the gluteus Maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus, working together to support various functions. Let's touch upon a few important aspects.

If our gluteal muscles are not functioning properly, it can result in the compensation of other muscles, such as the lower back, which may have to work harder to compensate for the lack of strength and activation. This can lead to overworked lower back muscles, causing pain and dysfunction. Additionally, if our gluteal muscles are not able to perform their role effectively, it can result in form breakdown during our golf swing.

For instance, let's consider a right-handed golfer with a weak left gluteal muscle. During their swing, they may try to compensate for this weakness by sliding or early extending, which can lead to difficulties in making good contact with the ball and ultimately result in poor scores.

A key factor in achieving a strong and effective kinematic sequence in golf is starting from the ground up. It is crucial to utilize the ground to generate power that flows through our body and transfers into the club, ultimately propelling the ball further. One of the essential muscle groups responsible for generating power from the ground is the gluteal muscles. Unfortunately, many individuals have weak gluteal muscles, which can negatively impact their distance. If you're interested in assessing your gluteal activation and strength, as well as learning effective exercises to improve them, I recommend watching the video linked below. Best of luck and happy strengthening!

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