Golfers are always looking for ways to increase strength and power in the golf swing. I believe that strong hips (in addition to other things) are an essential ingredient to this power. The best overall exercise to develop strength and power in the hips is the dead lift pattern. The dead lift feeds right into the function of the gluteals as they produce powerful extension through the hips.
The dead lift can be done in several different ways but what I feel golfers benefit from starting with is the kettle bell dead lift from an elevated position. The photo above shows the upright stage of the kettle bell dead lift. Take an appropriate weighted kettle bell and place it on a step. Using your hips, hinge backward and let your trunk go forward. Your knees will bend a little but only because the hips go back. You then want to inhale at the bottom, push your feet into the floor and exhale as you raise up. Take a look at the video below to see me doing the same movement.
This kettle bell dead lift is excellent for building hip strength, power, and stability as well as core strength. Perform 3-4 sets of 10-12 reps and implement this into your program at least three times a week.
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