Golf has widely been accepted as a sport you can play in through the year. For those fortunate enough to live in the warmer parts of the world, the availability of courses and links-friendly weather has allowed many of us to play the game and keep our skills sharp.
But for those that do not have the luxury of being able to travel to warmer climates there’s ways to keep your game sharp. Additionally, there are businesses that cater to golfer’s looking to keep their physiques in tip-top shape for the coming golf season.
Pumping weights to hit it farther? Whoa there! Balance and flexibility are as important if not more important than strength training. Strength training is important but if you asked us today what the most important physical factor for playing good golf is we would tell you “FLEXIBILITY”.
How does one manage this as we age? The simple answer is found in several simple low-impact stretches that golfers of all ages should practice as part of a regular daily routine to keep those joints and muscles stress-free and loose. Here are 4 simple stretches that do not require fancy equipment or a gym. They can be done in your home or office or wherever you feel like doing them.
1) Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart and while keeping your back straight bend down to the floor as far as you can with your arms hanging in front of you. Hold for about one minute and do 2 to 3 repetitions. This will stretch the hamstrings, hips, and pelvis to help make your setup feel and look picture perfect.
2) Place your hands on a wall about the same level as your ears. Bend over at the waist and push your chest and head toward the floor. Hold each stretch for 60 seconds. Repeat 3 times. Your shoulder joints and upper back will love you for this one.
3) Place your arms straight out in front of you with your feet and legs close together. Slowly rotate your arms to the right and hold for 30 seconds. Then rotate to the left and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat twice. Your take away and follow through will become as smooth as silk.
4) Drop to your knees with your legs stretched out behind you. Slowly lean back until you feel the stretch in the front of your thighs. Use your hands for balance behind you if necessary. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat twice. Your thighs, hips, and core will feel renewed and ready to play.
These are but 4 great stretches to keep your body and your golf swing in good shape.
There are many others of course and we will cover these in future instructional articles. If you attend any of our golf classes, clinics or camps throughout the year you will be taught these stretches and many others.
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