There’s nothing quite like spending the afternoon on the golf course, hanging out with some of your favorite people, working on your swing, and getting in some great hits. But if spending the day on the green leaves you feeling sore the next day, that pure enjoyment can get taken out of the game. That’s why golf fitness experts emphasize the importance of having a good regular exercise routine including pre-game stretches.
At Totally Driven in Edina, MN, we specialize in golf fitness coaching that transforms a player’s game to the next level. In this post, we’re sharing some of the best stretches before you head out on the golf course. Try adopting these into your golfer’s workout today. To work on your personal golf fitness program, give us a call today!
The Importance of Stretching
Any athlete can tell you that stretching is one of the most important things you can do before playing any sport. Just take a look at any professional golfer and you’ll find plenty of interviews discussing golf fitness and stretching.
If you’ve ever felt sore after sitting in a chair for a few hours, you know how painful our muscles can be when they’re not getting extended. While stretching keeps muscles flexible, unstretched muscles are likely to result in injury.
Once thought of as only for professional athletes, stretching is something now recommended for everyone, especially before engaging in a sport. Stretching helps to increase joint range of motion, reducing muscle tightening and shortening. When you stretch regularly, your muscles are better able to respond and fully extend when you need them.
Regular stretching can reduce all of these problems:
● Muscle tears and damage
● Strains and sprains
● Joint pain
● Bad swings
Before Getting Started
If you already prioritize regular exercise, it’s a good idea to periodically evaluate your regular routine to work on areas of concern. An experienced golf fitness expert can help you assess your swing and make recommendations based on your unique physiology and skill level.
However, if you spent way too much time in a sedentary state during the pandemic, you’re not alone. But don’t let that stop you from prioritizing golf fitness. Golf alone is good exercise and combines the light cardio of walking the course with the toning of working on your swing. But whether or not you’re spending time on the golf course, health experts recommend stretching three to four times a week or more for best results.
At Totally Driven, we offer complete physical screenings using a 3D K-Vest to assess your golf performance and distance and develop a training program that works for you. Our trainers are certified by the Titleist Performance Institute and American Council on Exercise. We can help you work on muscle building, pain reduction, cardiovascular health, weight loss, and more.
Stretching and Golf Fitness
A good golf stretching routine is meant to improve a golfer’s flexibility while getting their body primed to play golf. It can also reinforce muscle memory that helps a golfer’s swing. And stretching shouldn’t just be limited to your pre-golf routine. A good golf fitness routine includes regular exercise and daily stretching.
Regular stretching offers a number of advantages for your game, including:
● Protection against injury
● Pain reduction
● Better confidence on the golf course
● Improved golf swing
● Better overall balance
Try incorporating these stretches into your golf fitness routine:
1. Core Stretch
With your feet shoulder-width apart, stand up straight and cross your arms over your chest touching your shoulders. Bend your knees to slightly lean your upper body forward, and then turn your body as if executing a backswing and follow-through. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat two to five times.
2. Shoulder Stretch
To improve the range of motion in your shoulder joints, grip both ends of your golf club directly in front of you. Keeping your elbows straight, lift your club over your head. While slowly stretching your shoulders, move your hands back until you can feel the tension in your shoulders. Hold for between 8 and 15 seconds. Repeat two to five times.
3. Cross-Body Stretch
This is a classic stretch that you may have seen if you’ve taken a fitness class. It’s meant to target your rotator cuff and deltoids, improving your swing. While standing with your feet hip-width apart, bring your left arm across your chest. Place your right arm on the back of your right elbow and use it to push your other arm into your chest. Hold this position for 20 seconds. Repeat with both sides once or twice.
Another great classic stretch, a lunge increases your hip flexibility. To complete a lunge, place your right knee on the floor with your left foot flat in front of you. Your leg should be bent at a 90-degree angle. Using your right hand on your right hip for support, squeeze your glutes and shift your weight forward just slightly. Hold this position for 30 seconds before repeating on the other side.
Get Your Golf Fitness Program
Take your golf fitness to the next level with professional golf coaching from Totally Driven in Edina, MN. Contact us on the web to schedule your golf fitness assessment or give us a call at (952) 681-2728.