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  • Writer's pictureCoach Matt Pippin

The Best Shoulder Exercise For Golfers

How many times have you been scared to death of what your shoulder will feel like on your next back swing? How many banded rotator cuff exercises have you done, but still get horrible pain?

That frightening feeling ends today because I’m going to show you a simple way to start attacking that shoulder discomfort, that actually works.

Now, we’ve all been there hammering those banded rotator cuff exercises day after day because that’s what we think we’re supposed to be doing.

Unfortunately, the only thing these do is get you stronger in the limited range of motion your shoulder can produce. That’s not going to make you have a better shoulder.

The golf swing requires a tremendous amount of range of motion in order to be efficient but if you don’t possess that range when you go to swing, your shoulder is eventually going to get super pissed off. So how do we start increasing that range?

We start doing an exercise called Shoulder CARs, which is short for controlled articular rotations. These are the simplest, easiest way to start getting more range of motion but also more efficient movement patterns in your shoulders. More range and more efficiency equals less pain and disfunction.

No equipment is needed so you can do these anywhere!

Start doing your Shoulder CARs every single day. Stick with 5 reps and your progression will be that your range of motion will start to increase and you won’t need to increase your reps. Just remember to go really slow and feel what your shoulder is doing. I dive into more detail in the coaching video above.

For even more of my favorite mobility exercises to bulletproof your body, click the link below where you can get my 3 must-have mobility moves for free. Once you try them, you’ll see why they’re my all-time favorite.

shoulder mobility exercise for golfers



Coach Matt Pippin

Matt is a Strength and Mobility Coach with over 15 years experience in his field and has coached over a thousand professional, collegiate and everyday athletes with the goal to help them move, feel and perform at their highest level. He's incredibly passionate about bringing simple and effective online mobility training programs to everyone who wants to take control of their self care and make lasting change. CLICK HERE to learn more.


  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

  • Level 3: Fascial Stretch Specialist

  • Level 1: Institute of Motion Health Coach

  • Certified FRC Mobility Specialist (FRCms)

  • Level 1 Kinstretch Instructor

  • Weck Method Qualified


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