Muscles of the Backswing Coil

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Jeremy Klinkhamer

4 Responses to “Muscles of the Backswing Coil”

  1. February 10, 2013


    Hi Jeremy,

    Lets say we have two levers, shoulders and hips.

    Which is the independent variable and which is the dependent variable to get you to rotate on an axis (PIVOT).

    I suggest you coordinate your answer with Paul.

    • Michael,
      Thanks for the question. The shoulder turn is responsible for pulling the rest of the body around in the backswing. The lower body is what initiates the downswing. In order to stay on axis throughout the rotation there are other components, like core stabilizers, responsible for that but the above explanation answers your question the best we believe.
      Jeremy and Paul

  2. To strengthen the Traps ,I extend a rubber band between my hands ,the arms being level to the ground in front of my body and at right angles to the the body .Is that the best way to do so ?
    How do you add “explosive speed “to your core/hip muscles (Are these the lats ?) to rotate faster in the thruswing and increase therefore clubhead speed ?
    The only training device I know of is the SOMAX hip trainer ,but it’s expensive ,cumbersome and I can’t find a way to have it shipped to FRANCE ?
    You don’t get the same result by simply using rubber bands

    • That’s a good exercise choice for the mid-traps. Lying flat on a stability ball and doing the same arm movement with or without free-weights is also another good one. It also allows you to move the arms at different angles to strengthen different areas:
      Straight up II, Diagonal \ / or Straight out — –.

      As for the explosive speed for the downswing… this is a much longer explanation and will be best explained in a video but here are a few concepts: 1. You don’t have to replicate a swing motion to get faster or stronger with the hips/core for the downswing, 2. Strength first, ie rotational core exercises and glute exercises, 3. Speed drills without resistance; ie plyometrics such as jumping, lateral leaping, spinning. Plyometric exercises without a proper level of strength can be dangerous. That’s why I say, “strength first.”
      Thanks for the questions,
      Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT

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