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What is the most important muscle for power in the swing?

Hi Jarred. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com. I'm looking forward to helping you with your game.

More and more research is pointing towards the glutes as a key muscle. With anything there are trends and 10 years ago everything in golf was all about core. Recently they have circled back to focusing on glutes and legs as your key power muscles.

Your glutes control stability in the hips and your ability to extend powerfully through the shot. When your glutes are weak it's easy for your pelvis to move all over the place in space and cause inconsistent strikes. Weak glutes also cause supporting body parts to become overactive to make up for the deficit.

The downswing starts from the ground up so essentially your legs allow you to transfer all of the power from the ground to your torso and then arms and hands. The proper kinematic sequence (order in which body parts fire and transfer energy) for a quality golf swing is hips, shoulders, arms, then club.

I hope that helps and please check out our fitness section for an extensive collection of exercises, tips and articles to help get you "golf fit."

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