Golf stretching and flexibility exercises will enhance not only your game but also the power & precision of your swing and help to prevent common golf injuries. Regularly sticking to a golf stretching program can improve your range of motion and prevent stiffness, as well as injuries – both chronic and acute. But, these golf stretches should be done on a regular basis for you to experience maximum, long lasting benefits and game improvements.
You will surely hear arguments suggesting that this negatively affects your shot distance and the mechanics of your swing. But I can tell you from first-hand and hands-on experience that proper stretching, on a daily basis, no matter what your golf schedule is, will help you and your game in ways you can’t even imagine. Simple, yet dynamic, full-body exercises can be used for warming up, because they do not overstress the body.
Warming up may include walking briskly for three to five minutes (although it’s not mandatory), followed by core looseners, slow arm swings, hip rotations and torso twists. These types of general fitness exercises do not increase your golf specific flexibility; they only warm up your muscles, making a muscle strain less likely.
You may be surprised to learn how many choices you have for a golf stretching program. Yoga type moves and elastic band training are two of the popular choices. Full-body range of motion exercises increase flexibility in all areas of the body, relatively quickly. Static stretch positions are also a good way to speed recovery after a round on the course. Elastic band training serves as an excellent golf stretching program and has other benefits, including increased strength in the shoulders, hips, and core.
Sports training and rehabilitation pros, in many settings, are including rubber band conditioning in their golf training programs because the bands provide dynamic resistance that regular weight lifting and traditional machines do not provide. For example, routines can be designed to simulate the golf swing, with smooth resistance, that doesn’t rely on gravity, throughout the movement.
Videos or DVDs are advisable for any golf flexibility routine. You need to “see” how to perform the action. Otherwise, you might hurt yourself doing an exercise that was intended to prevent injuries. For some, it’s also a good idea to stretch in front of a full-length mirror. That way, you can watch your form and be sure that you are performing the move as the instructors in the DVD or on the video are describing.
If you exercise regularly, you can incorporate your golf stretching program into your regular workout. Choose one that you enjoy, something that feels good to you. Everyone is slightly different. Your current level of fitness and physical ability is an important consideration, as well. Don’t overdo it – and don’t simply guess at what you should be doing or try to copy what you see other people doing. Remember to stay well-hydrated when you are on the course to get the most out of your golf flexibility program. Drinking some water or mid electrolyte beverage will help prevent muscle cramping, and ensure that you are fully energized to realize the benefits of your golf stretching program. And don’t forget about…
Golf Conditioning Specialist, Joey Atlas, MS – Exercise Physiology, is the creator of ‘Optimum Flexibility for Golf.’ To get FREE access to his ‘Instant Results’ golf exercise video clips visit http://www.ProGolfStretchingExercises.com You can also visit his former site at http://www.OptimumFlexibilityforGolf.com