Golf Stretching Starts Simply
Golfer Greg Norman recommends that golfers begin with some simple golf stretching exercises before progressing to more specific golf stretching exercises. You first need to become limber before you can increase your flexibility relative to your golf swing. Stretching is important for a full, powerful swing, but it also helps as you carry your bag and make your way along the course. Proper flexibility also improves overall health and reduces the chance of injury.
Simple stretching exercises begin with touching your toes. This is a simple exercise, and many of us did it during P.E. class in elementary school. Stand up straight and bend forward, lowering your hands toward your feet. Stop as soon as you feel the pressure of stretching. Hold for twenty seconds and repeat ten times. Each day you should see an improvement in how far you can bend toward your toes. Once you can touch your toes, try for wrapping your hands behind your ankles and holding for a twenty count. Repeat ten times.
When you have limbered up, begin trying more specific golf stretching exercises. Lie flat on your back with your legs out straight. Bend one knee and pull your foot toward your backside. Hold your bend knee with your clasped fingers and pull your knee toward your chest. Hold for twenty seconds. Repeat with your other knee. Do this stretching exercise ten times per leg. Do not forget to breathe properly while stretching. This stretches your lower back and glutes.
For the next stretching exercise, begin in the same position, laying on your back with your legs straight. This time, bend both knees at the same time and clasp your hands behind your thighs. Hold for twenty seconds. Repeat ten times. This exercise stretches your lower back.
For upper back golf stretching, get on your all fours as if you are ready to crawl. Bend your elbows, lowering your chest towards the floor. Extend your shoulders and arch your back. Hold twenty seconds and return to the starting position. Repeat ten times.
Stretching your arms and sides is important, as well. Stand straight with your arms above your head. Slowly bend to the side, allowing the weight of your arms to stretch your opposite side. Hold for ten seconds and return to the starting position. Repeat on the other side. Do this exercise twenty times per side.
When you complete these side stretches, hold one arm straight up in the air and bend your elbow until your forearm is behind your head. Grasp the back of your arm with your other hand and pull until you feel tension in your shoulder. Hold for twenty seconds and repeat with your other arm. Repeat this five times on each side.
By beginning with simple stretches, you are able to improve your flexibility without injuring yourself. It is always important to stretch before swinging your clubs, but be sure to do these stretches every day even if you do not go to the driving range or golf course. Flexibility builds over time, but you loose it quickly if you do not exercise it regularly.
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