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Wall Angels


Description: A Wall Angel is an exercise that targets the shoulder and upper back muscles. When these muscles weaken and become unstable, it can greatly affect your ability to maintain good posture throughout your swing and form a stable position at the top of your swing. You will find this exercise particularly tough if you have naturally poor posture in your daily activities.

Summary:
  1. Start by standing against a wall with a slight squat in your knees. Your feet should be about 1 foot from the wall. Make sure that both your lower and upper back are touching the wall and maintain contact with the wall throughout the exercise. Before beginning the exercise put your hand between your lower back and the wall. If there is a gap there press your lower back against the wall. You will feel your abdominal muscles engage. If at all possible, keep this lower portion of your back against the wall, but you may need to work up to this point.
  2. Next, put the back of your hands against the wall and keep your arms straight. At this point your back and your arms should be flat against the wall.
  3. Keeping your arms, back and head on the wall slowly extend upwards. Again, keep your upper and lower back attached to the wall. Keep pushing your arms and hands into the wall. If you find that you cannot go all the way up, go up as far as you can without straining yourself. Try doing 3 sets of 8-10 reps. Over time you will be able to get your arms up higher and higher and do more repetitions.
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