Flexibility Exercise For Golf

By: Mike Pedersen, Cpt

Flexibility exercise for golf is a critical component toperforming a repeatable, powerful, and mechanically sound golfswing. Senior golfers are the prime target to benefit the mostfrom flexibility exercise for golf.

With a declining level of both flexibility and strength, themuscles of the senior golfer are not as pliable and responsiveto the physical demands of the golf swing.

The golf swing requires a higher level of flexibility to producemaximum power. Turning your upper body (shoulders) 90 degrees,while maintaining less than half that with your hip turn takes atremendous amount of dynamic strength and flexibility.

It always surprises me when I speak to a golfer and really spellit out to them. I'll even go through the swing visually andexplain certain points where physical restrictions can ruin yourgolf swing. I think the combination of me showing the golfer andexplaining it really hits home for them.

It's tough via an article like this, or any of my websites toget the golfer to understand these physical demands onflexibility (and strength). I can, and will do my best to alwaysexplain it in a way that gives you a good visual.

The sooner you realize flexibility exercise for golf is anecessity, the sooner you will see improvement. I've beenfortunate enough to experience total "golf transformations" withthe golfers I've worked with.

Testing them before they started, on backswing range; followthrough range; initial posture set up and restrictions: I'veseen miraculous results with golfers. The senior golfers are theones who see the biggest improvement. That's mostly based ontheir initial level of fitness when they started.

That's why I always tell golfers I come intact with..."it's NEVERtoo late!" Never! Everyday that goes by is another day you'llhave wished you would have started. Don't let one more day goby. Get started right away!

Now...to define flexibility exercise for golf you just need totake a look at the golf swing. Get in your golf posture rightnow, and bring the swing down into phases. Imagine taking a clubback just a couple of feet.

Where do you feel the tension so far?

If you're really paying attention to your body, you will feelthe back of your legs (hamstrings), your left hip, the back ofyour left arm, and even your lower back. This is if you are aright-handed golfer.

Now take it back further. Where do you feel it now?

You'll start feeling tension in your right shoulder, your core(from rotating), more in your upper left back muscle andshoulder.

Isn't it amazing to slow the swing down and realize howrestricted you are? It's a wake-up call to embark in flexibilityexercise for golf right now.

I don't want to spend 5 more pages going through the entireswing, but hopefully you get the idea of the muscles that needto be stretched regularly to release the tension in your golfswing and improve the power you can produce.

The key now, is to start stretching those 'golf muscles' we justtalked about. Get back in your posture, make a partial swing andstop. Take that position just a little farther and hold for 15seconds. You can literally do this throughout the entire swing.This is called static (holding) stretching. You will definitelywant to incorporate some dynamic (moving) stretching as well.

I hope you new realize the importance of flexibility exercisefor golf

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