Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Golf Exercises for Improved Flexibility

Golfers, like most athletes, need to work hard not only on the sport but also on their physical fitness. These people need to go through rigorous exercises before heading to golf vacation destinations in order to be able to enjoy the game and to reduce chances of injury. 

A pre-game golf exercise set the player’s mood and is known to dramatically improve a golfer's flexibility - an important factor for a much smoother swing. Of course, it is a known fact that golfers can only perform a great swing from rather unusual body movement where the body can possibly become stiff. For this reason, golfers need to exercise and work on his flexibility. An exercise improves overall coordination of the body and affects a golfer's stance on the course. 

These flexibility-enhancing exercises should not only be focused on the shoulders but should also involve muscles in other parts of the body. Examples of these exercises are as follows:

Lunge with Rotation - Considered a dynamic golf stretching exercise and is known to warm up the hip flexors. To do this, position the golf club on your shoulders. Step your right leg forward for a lunge while making sure the left leg is stretched backwards and your left knee is locked.  Next, gently twist your torso to the left without moving your lower body. Hold this position for a minute or so before you release. Do this exercise at least 5 to 7 times on each side. 

Supported Squats - This simple exercise improves heart rate and increases blood flow throughout the body. To do this, extend your arms straight while holding your club. Bend your right leg and position it on top of your left thigh. Slowly squat on this position until your left thigh is parallel to the surface then go back to the starting position. Repeat at least 10-12 times on each leg. 

Supported Twist and Bend - Speed and power in hitting a golf ball towards a putting green comes from an ability to twist the upper torso. To improve in this golf skill, practice twisting and work on improving flexibility around your waist. Position the club on your shoulders and your hands on either side. Stand with your feet at least a shoulder width apart and gradually twist to the right side and then bend over as if you were trying to reach your head to the right knee. Do this exercise at least 10 to 12 times on each side.

Shoulder Rotation - Work on your shoulder griddle to reduce chances of shoulder pain that's common among golfers. Stand with your feet at least hip width apart, your shoulder blades down and your hands on your thighs. Slowly rotate both shoulders clockwise at least 8 to 10 times, then counter-clockwise 8-10 times. 

Chest Stretch - To improve flexibility of the chest muscles, stand with your feet at least hip width apart then straighten your arms backwards. Intertwine your fingers and hold this stretch position for at least 10 counts before you release. Do this at least 10 times.

Make every golf trip a fun and fulfilling one by engaging in simple pre-game exercises. Then you’ll have more power and energy for more rounds on the resort.

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