Stretch Before You Play: June 22, 2019
Health experts say there are two things that can determine how well you do on the golf course. “One of the really great things that they need to be doing is warming up,” said Justin Klein, Healthy Life Center manager.
It’s important for golfers to spend time warming up and stretching before they start to play. “Stretching, what you’re doing is you’re trying to increase your range of motion,” explained Klein.
Stretching your muscles before and after golf can also help reduce any soreness the next day. “Getting that blood flowing, activating those muscles, and doing something that’s similar to what you’re going to be doing when you’re doing that activity,” he said.
For golf, he recommends spending five to ten minutes stretching and warming up your core, shoulders, hips, legs, and back. “When you think about all that twisting that’s going on in that lower back, you want to try some way to get that to open up. Basically, what you’re going to do is hinge at your hips and keep your back nice and straight, and as you stretch back you’re going to feel a stretch all the way up through your hamstrings through your posterior chain getting into your lower back,” explained Klein.
Warming up can lower your risk for injury and improve your form. “When you take a look at golf you’re looking at that rotational movement. You can take that stick right here, and you can rotate down and back around. This is really going to activate that core. It’s going to get that spine moving and gets that blood flowing,” he said.
Different stretches can even advance your drive length throughout the game. “It’s really important for both of those legs, both the lead leg and the back leg to be able to get those hip flexors stretched,” he said.
Just a few minutes can protect your body from injury and benefit your golf game.