Golf Exercises & Material For Teens
Developing a golf swing and an understanding of the game is essential to any golfer. However, it is especially important for junior golfers to develop a solid swing technique from an early age. In this blog, I’m going to share some of my favourite exercises and training materials for junior golfers.
Teenagers Learning the Game of Golf
Golf is a popular game among many different groups of people. Although it’s most often associated with older people, golf is also a great sport for young people too, helping them stay active and develop hand-eye coordination and motor skills.
Learning golf exercises will not only teach them about the proper swing, but also about keeping their balance and posture as well as other important things like exercising and having fun with friends. If you have a junior golfer who loves spending time on the driving range, then they will enjoy this post; a summary of exercises and drills you can do at home or out on the driving range.
These aren’t just for kids either! They work great for adults too. Easy to set up and beneficial to your game, these will help your child in all aspects of their golf game, from chipping and putting, to hitting longer drives down the fairway.
Kids golf exercises are a good way to help them learn how to stay fit, play the game and have fun. Before heading out to the course or driving range, here are some fun exercises to do at home with your kids. These golf exercises will help get them warmed up before their round and focus on the basics of their swing. After doing these for a few months, you will definitely notice an improvement in their short game.
1. Situated Rotations
Useful for improving rotational portability, situated rotations can help to improve your golf swing. Sit on a seat with legs either side (as if you were riding it) or press a cushion or towel between your knees. Hold a club despite your good faith with your arms, so it sits in the lawbreaker of your elbows. Set your palms level on your stomach and keep up with your stance. Without moving your hips, turn your middle to one side and hold for two seconds. Get back to the beginning position, then proceed to one side and hold for two seconds. Substitute sides, 10 to aside.
2. Standing Ys
These improve shoulder portability and neutralises the adverse consequence of sitting for long periods of time. Stand twisted around at the abdomen with your back level and chest up, as though you were going to do a hard lift. Hold a golf club with a strong grasp (palms looking up). Pull your shoulder bones back and down and raise your arms over your head to shape a Y. Get back to the beginning position. That is one rep.
3. 90/90 Stretches
This move opens up your shoulders, assisting with building adaptability and versatility. Lie on one side with the base leg straight and the top leg bowed with within knee on the ground. Turn your trunk back, endeavoring to put the top shoulder bone on the ground. Hold two seconds, return to begin position, and rehash for 10 reps. Switch sides.
4. Sidelong Pillar Bridge
This exercise opens up the hips, helping to avoid back issues. Lie on one side with your body in a line and your elbow under your shoulder, feet stacked. Drive your hip over the ground, making a straight line from the lower leg to bear. Hold this posture for three seconds. Complete 10 reps on one side and afterward 10 on the opposite side. Make certain to keep your head following your spine-don't droop or curve.
Golf Materials & Training Aids
1. Golf Alignment Sticks
An excellent aid for teaching juniors how to swing a golf club properly, Golf Alignment Sticks are a simple, effective way to gain both visual and physical feedback about a player’s swing. Teen golfers are able to see where their body position should be during their swing and feel if their swing is correct or incorrect. This tool can help your child build a solid foundation that will serve as a stepping stone for future success in the game of golf.
2. The Wedge
The wedge is one of the most important golf clubs and can be used in many different ways, so it's a good idea to get your junior golfer get comfortable with it early on. The wedge typically has the highest loft of all golf clubs, meaning its face is angled the most when compared to other clubs. A club with more loft, such as a pitching wedge, will hit the ball higher and with more spin than one with less loft (like a 9-iron). For this reason, wedges are great for helping new players get the ball in the air.
When using a wedge for practice, let your teen hit balls off a tee rather than having them roll on the ground. This will help them get accustomed to hitting shots from different lies and work on their skills from various distances.
3. Putting Tracks and Putting Arcs
There are many types of putting tracks and arcs on the market and these can help your junior golfer to improve their putting stroke. Using a putting track they will be more confident in sinking putts.
After 10-20 putts with the track remove it and putt the same line without the track. You will likely be pleasantly surprised by the tempo and accuracy.
4. Pool Noodle
Yes, the humble pool noodle has lots of uses, both in and out of the pool! In golf practice drills, a pool noodle can be used for many things, including:
- Balance training : have juniors stand on one and take swings. This is also a good exercise for strengthening the core
- Feedback on swing direction. Place the noodle curving just outside the ball and practice an "in to out" path by swinging inside the noodle curve.
- For driving: placing a pool noodle a short distance in front of a teed up ball when hitting a driver can help to teach juniors to hit up on drives thus reduce spin and increase distance.
- For irons. Place a pool noodle behind the ball when hitting irons. This will help juniors learn to bottom out the swing, focus on not casting and proper weight transition.