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  • Writer's pictureJeremy Wampler

Unleashing Core Stability Secrets: Unleashing Power with the Towel Snap!

Have you ever taken a towel and excitedly tried to snap your friend with it? Hopefully not, but let's admit it, many of us have at some point. Nonetheless, most of us are familiar with the concept. We accelerate our hand towards our unsuspecting friend, and then, we swiftly decelerate or slow down the towel, creating a whip effect. To pull off this feat we need to possess the ability to accelerate rapidly and decelerate with lightning speed. It's all about the power and the precise timing that make this towel snapping adventure unforgettable!

Let's consider the similarities to golf, specifically the concept of the kinematic sequence. This sequence involves the transfer of energy from the legs to the torso, then to the arms, and ultimately into the club.

To effectively transfer energy into the towel, rapid deceleration is necessary. Similarly, to generate power in the golf swing, we need to be able to rapidly decelerate various parts of our body. For instance, we begin by accelerating our trunk towards the ball, but then quickly decelerate, creating energy to be transferred into the arms and increasing their speed. This is similar to a towel whip.

Therefore, in order to accelerate effectively, we must also possess the ability to slow down. Some individuals refer to this as working on our "brake system." One approach to improving our brakes is through anti-rotation exercises, which involve bracing our core while resisting rotational tension.

By incorporating anti-rotation exercises into our training, we can effectively improve our braking ability. This enables us to decelerate more quickly. As a result, we can transfer more energy into our golf club, allowing for longer and more powerful shots. It is crucial to develop strong and stable core muscles to prevent injuries. A robust core helps resist undesired movements and reduces strain on our body. See the video below that illustrates one of my preferred anti-rotation exercises.

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