We all know that your golf swing is an essential part of the game of golf. But did you know that stretching can play a key role in improving your swing and preventing injuries on the course? Novel concept, I know. Let's take your golf swing to another level with stretching. Check out these tip stretching tips below!
- Hip Flexor Stretch
The hip flexors play a critical role in your golf swing, as they help rotate your hips and generate power in your swing.
Your hip flexors are a group of muscles located at the front of your hip, near your pelvis. To stretch your hip flexors, start in a lunge position with your right foot forward. Keep your back leg straight and lower your left knee to the ground. Squeeze your glutes and push your hips forward to feel a stretch in the front of your left hip. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side. Do this enough times to make sure you're very loose.
- Hamstring Stretch
Your hamstrings are another key muscle group involved in your golf swing. Located at the back of your thigh, hamstrings are a group of three muscles, running from your hip bone to just below your knee joint. Let's show you how its stretched.
Take a step forward with your left foot, and keep your heel on the ground. Place your hands on your hips or interlace your fingers behind your back. Keep your left knee slightly bent and straighten your right leg. Hinge forward at the hips and reach down towards your right foot. You should feel a stretch in the back of your right leg. Hold this stretch for 15-30 seconds, then slowly rise back up. Repeat on the other side, stepping forward with your right foot and reaching down towards your left foot. Remember to keep your back straight and your core engaged to avoid strain on your lower back.
- Shoulder Stretch
The shoulder joint plays a critical role in your golf swing, as it allows for proper rotation and extension.
To stretch your shoulders, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and bring your right arm across your chest. Use your left arm to pull your right elbow towards your left shoulder until you feel a stretch in your right shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
- Trunk Rotation Stretch
This stretch feels so great and is also great for improving your rotational flexibility and increasing your range of motion in your swing.
Start on your hands and knees with your hands directly under your shoulders. Reach your right hand up towards the ceiling and then rotate your torso to bring your right hand under your left armpit. Hold for a few seconds and then return to starting position. Repeat on the other side.
- Wrist Stretch
It may not have crossed your mind because its not part of a major muscle group like in your arms and legs, but your wrists play an important role in your golf swing. It's important to keep them limber.
To stretch your wrists, hold one arm out in front of you with your palm facing down. Use your other hand to gently pull your fingers back towards your wrist until you feel a stretch in your forearm. Hold for 30 seconds and then switch sides.
Be sure to start with these stretches and any others that will keep you limber while increasing your range of motion. Remember to always listen to your body and stop any stretch that causes pain. By keeping your body limber and flexible, you'll be well on your way to a successful game and a reduction potential injuries.