These stretches are fun, relaxing and easy. The result is a better trunk turn and more fluid swing, with less muscle tension and a decreased chance of injury.
HOLD EACH STRETCH for 20 seconds. Remember to stretch both sides. You should experience NO PAIN with any of these stretches.
BEFORE YOU TEE OFF: After completing the stretches, gently swing a short iron (e.g. 9 iron) back and forth several times. Slowly build up the tempo of these practice swings. Perform these practice swings both left and right handed.
CAUTION: If you have any health concerns consult your doctor before proceeding. If you feel any pain or unusual sensations (tingling, numbness, dizziness) with any of these exercises – STOP IMMEDIATELY and seek medical advice.
1. Groin Stretch
Using a golf club or bench for balance, place your feet 3-4 feet apart. While keeping your back vertical, slide your hips sideways to the right letting your right knee bend while your left leg stays straight. You should feel a stretch in the groin of your left thigh.
2. Quadricep Stretch
Using a golf club for balance, bend your right knee and hold your right foot with your right hand. Keep your thighs together, and your right knee pointing towards the ground. Pull your abdominal muscles in and maintain a straight back during the stretch. You should feel a stretch in the front of your right thigh. 3.
Hip Flexor Stretch
Step your right foot forward 2-3 feet. Both feet should be pointing straight ahead. Pull in your abdominal muscles and keep your back staright. Bending your right knee, lean forward onto your right leg. You should feel a stretch at the front of your left hip. Tightening your left buttock will increase the strength.
4. Hamstring Stretch
Steady yourself with a golf club and step your right foot forward 2-3 feet. Keeping your right knee straight, slowly bend forward at the waist until you feel a stretch in the back of your right thigh. Pulling right foot up will increase strength.
5. Calf Stretch
Steady yourself with a golf club and step your left foot back 2-3 feet. Keep your feet pointed forward. While keeping your left knee straight, slowly bend your right knee until you feel a stretch in your left lower leg. Make sure you keep your left heel on the ground.
6. Side Trunk Stretch
Place your right arm behind your head and grasp the right elbow with your left hand as shown. Gently pull your right elbow to the left while bending your trunk to the left. A stretch should be felt in your right upper arm and the right side of your trunk.
7. Trunk Rotation Stretch
Hold a club behind your back as shown. Keep both feet planted on the ground shoulder width apart. Keep your back straight and bend slightly at your hips and knees. Without twisting your hips, gently turn your trunk to one side until you feel a stretch in the middle of your back.
8. Shoulder Stretch
old the shaft of a golf club vertically behind your back as shown. Slowly pull the club with your top hand until you feel a stretch in the shoulder of your lower arm. The lower arm should be relaxed.Hold stretch for twenty seconds.
Next, pull the club down with your bottom hand until you feel a stretch in the top shoulder and arm.Reverse hand positions and repeat.
9. Back of Shoulder Stretch
Place your right hand on your left shoulder. Gently pull your right elbow across your body towards your left shoulder. You should feel a stretch across the back of your right shoulder.
10. Neck Stretch
Put your hands behind your back and grasp your left wrist with your right hand. Keep your shoulders relaxed and slowly tilt your head to the right. Using your left shoulder muscles, gently depress your left shoulder down towards your feet. A stretch should be felt in the left side of your neck.
11. Forearm Stretch-Palm Up
With your arm straight out in front of you and the palm facing upwards, gently pull your fingers back with your other hand. Do not let your shoulders rise up as you do this. A stretch should be felt on the inside of your forearm.
12. Forearm Stretch-Palm Down
With your arm straight out in front of you and your palm facing down, point your hand to the ground. Slowly pull the back of this hand towards the other hand. Do not let your shoulder rise up as you do this. A stretch should be felt on the top of your wrist and forearm.