Golf Stretching For A Better Swing

Posted on 17 August 2011   Articles, Fitness for Golf

Golf Stretching For A Better Swing

If you’re a golfer over 50, you need to read this article. I want to ingrain this statement in your brain. “Golf stretching for a better swing”. Now repeat that a couple of times, and let it sink in. I’ll make a bold statement that nearly all the golfers that are 50 years or older have range of motion issues in their golf swing. This can really inhibit your ability to make a full backswing. Not making a full shoulder turn robs you of distance. And, it can also cause all kinds of swing faults.

The key golf muscles to focus on are:

  • Rear shoulders (deltoid)
  • Core (abdominals)
  • Lower back
  • Glutes
  • And upper back (between shoulder blades)

The back of the lead shoulder plays a critical role in being able to make it to the top of your backswing. This is a common muscle group that’s tight on not only the older golfer, buy most golfers. Just stretching this area can make a dramatic difference in you ability to turn all the way back, which creates core torque, and results in a much higher clubhead speed coming down.

The core area must also be stretched. The most effective way to stretch this area is through twisting (rotation) movements, which happen to be the same movements in your golf swing. There are dozens of stretches you can do for this area; many of them you can do right in your chair in front of your computer. Yes you can actually improve your game by sitting down; even while you’re watching the television.

The lower back needs to be worked as well, because the sheer forces on the spine throughout the swing are brutal. If you’re lower back is tight and weak, you will no doubt suffer a low back injury at some point of your golfing life. This injury can nag you for years, and definitely change the way you swing your golf club.

It doesn’t have to be that way though, if you start a golf stretching program, and do it consistently 2-3 times per week. It amazes me to hear golfers deny the importance of flexibility, and then continue to walk of the course in discuss every time they play. What’s that phrase? “If you keep doing what you do, you’ll keep getting what you get”. Or something like that.

Stop the insanity now, and get on with your flexibility program.

If you want a step by step flexibility program, check out the Golf Stretching Exercises DVD over at Perform Better Golf. If it’s an ebook you’re looking for, you’ll want to take a look at the Golf Stretching Book over at Golf Trainer.

By Mike Pedersen

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