Adductors (inner thighs)
WHY THEY’RE IMPORTANT

“They’re directly connected to the deep stomach muscles that stabilise the spine,” says Salzmann. “There’s no question that strong inner thigh muscles are going to make your turn and pivot better.”

HOW TO STRENGTHEN THEM

At home Wrap an ankle weight (available for £5.99 for a pair from goldsgymdirect.co.uk) around the base of one leg and lie on your side with that leg along the ground, a towel supporting your neck (above). With your uppermost leg folded forward out of the way, lift the weighted leg up as high as you can. Slowly return to the start position.

Do 15 repetitions and then swap legs.

In the gym Sit forward in the adductor machine with your shoulders over your hips. Contract your inner thighs and squeeze the pads inwards. Return slowly to the start position and repeat. Choose a light weight and perform around 20 repetitions.

Abductors (outer thighs)
WHY THEY’RE IMPORTANT

Along with the adductors they’re integral to the moment where you shift your weight at the top of the downswing.

HOW TO STRENGTHEN THEM

At home Lie on your side with your weighted leg uppermost and your knees together but slightly bent. Bending at the hip, lift the weighted leg upwards about a foot – you should feel the tension down the outside of your thigh – and return to the start position. Do 15 repetitions on each leg.

In the gym Sit forward in the seat on the abductor machine with your knees together and push the pads outwards from your midline. Return slowly to the start position and perform around 20 repetitions.