Talk about POWER!
This exercise will truly challenge your ability to create and absorb large amounts of power in the frontal plane as well as simultaneously working to lift your golf game!
WHAT IS A SKATER BROAD JUMP?
A skater broad jump is like a skater jump, but better.
It's a plyometric jumping exercise that will help you develop athletic qualities like velocity, power, and force production/absorption.
It will help teach you how to absorb large amounts of force, as well as create them!
HOW DO I COMPLETE THE SKATER BROAD JUMP?
Start by standing on your inside leg - inside being, if I am jumping to the right, my right leg would be the "inside" leg.
Then load into your outside leg by taking a subtle lateral jump into it (again, if I am jumping to the right, my left leg is being loaded).
To load your outside leg, bend/flex at the knee, hip, and ankle.
Proceed to explode out of that loading, violently extending at the knee, hip, and ankle, jumping laterally towards the inside leg.
Be sure to land on both legs and absorb the landing by bending your knees, hips, and ankles.
Stand up, and repeat this process moving back the other direction!
HOW DO SKATER BROAD JUMPS BENEFIT GOLFERS?
It won't... directly.
There isn't an exercise we do in the weight room setting that will have this perfect transfer to your swing.
Except for maybe speed stick swinging.
But even for that, the task is extremely different than when you are standing over a ball so I view that as much more physical development than technical.
Anyways, this power exercise will help you improve your physical ability to create force, and create it quickly!
Which is a central component to hitting bombs on the golf course.
Further, it stresses the lower body, specifically the quads and glutes (important muscles) and forces you to create some coordination and motor control under large velocities... which is a good thing!
Where should I fit SKATER BROAD JUMPS into my training day?
Right after your warmup.
This is a power exercise so we should be completing it in a limited fatigue state.
This isn't a conditioning exercise.
3-4 sets of 3 reps each direction.
A total of 9-12 reps each side.
That's not a lot.
So make sure every rep is QUALITY by truly giving max intent!
100%. Nothing less.
Let's go low.
Carter Schmitz, CSCS, TPI
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