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LATERAL TRAINING FOR GOLFERS.



WHAT IT MEANS TO TRAIN LATERALLY.


I think of "lateral" as being fairly synonymous with "sideways."


So instead of 'lateral lunge' you can think of this like a 'sideways lunge.'


Our body can move in three different planes of action, due to it being three dimensional.

  1. Sagittal Plane

  2. Frontal (Lateral) Plane

  3. Transverse (Rotational) Plane

While it is nearly impossible to truly separate all three of these planes of action, within the exercise shown above we are primarily challenging the frontal plane.


In order to be the best athletes and the highest functioning humans we can be, we should challenge all three planes adequately within our training.


WHY IS THE FRONTAL PLANE IMPORTANT FOR YOUR GOLF SWING?


While swinging a golf club, we want to generally AVOID frontal plane movement, but this doesn't mean we aren't USING the frontal plane to create force and move our body.


All great golfers make use of shifting their weight between feet. The backswing takes them onto their trail foot, and then they transition onto the front foot in the downswing.


This weight shift can't happen without some frontal plane force production.


Secondly, we need to AVOID excess frontal plane movement during our golf swing.


This is often termed swaying or sliding and COULD be a limiting factor. I emphasize COULD because professional golfers mak