What is a lat pulldown?
The lat pulldown is a vertical pulling exercise that helps build a stronger back as well as improves the function of our shoulder joint.
The exercise promotes simultaneous gains in strength/stability at the shoulder joint as well as mobility/flexibility gains!
The primary muscle the lat pulldown works is... you guessed it, the lats.
I know, real original name.
Why are the lats important for your golf game?
The lats (big muscles running down both sides of your back) are a SUPER important muscle in your golf swing.
They power up the shoulder extension motor pattern and also contribute to shoulder internal rotation.
Because of this, not only will they help push the gas of your golf swing, increasing speed and performance, but they are also going to help slow down and stop the golf swing after impact.
Making sure we have powerful and resilient lats is important.
How should I incorporate this exercise?
At SCRATCH, we use this exercise as a secondary strength exercise.
Therefore, it'll get thrown into the middle of our workout and completed for 3-4 sets of 6-12 reps.
MAKE SURE TO...
[1.] Push the loading.
[2.] At the bottom of the rep when that bar is at your chest, I want you to pretend like you have two grapes in your arm pit and your life depends on you squishing them.
Right now, try this out.
Act like you have just pulled down that bar and it is at your chest.
Now hold it there and pinch those pretend grapes in your armpits for 10 seconds.
Some muscles on your back should light up as you hold that contraction.
I want you to have a similar feeling while completing these!
Let's go low.