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If you want more rotation in your golf swing, try this Thoracic Spine Exercise

I’m Mindi Boysen with Fit for Golf, Fit for Life. And we’re here in Naples, Florida, at the Tiburon Golf Club.

This is part two of our thoracic spine exercise series that’s rotating through your thoracic spine and your thoracic rib cage to help you get more power and prevent injury in your swing. So, I want you to place a club behind you.

In this Thoracic Spine Exercise see if you can take the club and place it right behind you. Now, if you need to have a driver or a longer club, that’s fine. I’m going to turn away from you. This is best done if you are in front of your own mirror so you can see how you do. I’m going to aim away from you and then I’m going to start rotating, rotating.

I’m going to allow the club to rotate behind me and see if I can get parallel with you or parallel with your mirror. OK. Look how far I’m rotating and stretching. I’m a right-handed golfer, so I’m stretching my right pec or my right chest right here. My knees are slightly bent. With this Thoracic Spine Exercise I’m engaging my glutes and engaging my core so I’m not hurting my spine.

OK. See if you can look at yourself in the mirror. See both shoulders and ears. Now we’re going to go the other way. Who? Take a deep breath. I’m rotating everything. My ankles, my knees, my hips. Now each part of my spine. I’m trying to get this club parallel with you. Can you see both shoulders? Can you see both ears?

OK, you could actually do this thoracic spine exercise in front of a wall as well. If you didn’t want to have your club and you were at home, you could see you’re with your back toward the wall about eight inches away from the wall. Put your hands up. Try to turn. Put both hands on the wall. And keep turning your head that way.

Then come on back and you’re going to spiral to the other side. Twist. You will feel everything in your body helping you rotate not just your thoracic ribcage.

And there we go. We want more rotation. It’s not just going to be in the thoracic spine, but it will help get this moving, so we don’t enjoy our hips or even our neck.

That’s number two in our five-part Thoracic Spine Exercise series. If you want to see this exercise and more, check out my mobile app on your Android or your iPhone or visit my website at

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Mindi Boysen

Mindi Boysen, TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Level III certified Golf Fitness Specialist and owner of “Fit For Golf! Fit For Life!”, is an internationally recognized golf fitness professional with 28 years of experience. She is also a nationally certified Lifestyle/Weight Management Consultant and personal trainer who specializes in functional, Pilates-based and sport-specific training. She currently is endorsed by multiple private golf clubs in North Phoenix/Scottsdale and was the Official Fitness Partner of the Arizona Women’s Golf Association for 10 years.

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