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Golf demands full body coordination. Whether you play several times a week or only occasionally, warming up and stretching before teeing off will eliminate stiffness and minimize injuries that can occur during or after the round. Engage in proper pre-game stretches to improve your golf swing. This will loosen muscles and increase the flexibility necessary for a more coordinated swing. Stretching before a round can also eliminate injuries like pulled muscles that occur when tight muscles are suddenly called into action. 

As for improving performance, a full, fluid golf swing is necessary for improving the distance and accuracy needed to improve your golf score.

Getting Ready

There are few frustrations worse than nursing a strained back on a beautiful day as your TaylorMades gather dust in the garage. A brief warm-up and focused stretch routine before teeing off will prepare you for a relaxing day on the course. 

Start by walking around a bit, bend, and twist gently for about 5-10 minutes before starting the stretches. Once you start, pay particular attention to areas that have been problematic in the past. This will ensure that these muscles are well stretched before beginning play.

Helpful Stretches to Improve Your Golf Swing

Here are some popular stretches designed to loosen the various parts of your body:

Best Stretches to Improve Your Golf Swing

1. Twisting Stretch: hamstrings and lower back

  • Plant your feet at a distance wider than your hips.
  • Rest your left hand on your lower back with the palm facing outward.
  • Inhale, then exhale as you bend and reach your left hand to touch your right foot.
  • Lift your torso and switch hands, putting your right hand on your lower back, palm facing outward. 
  • Bend the opposite direction with the right hand reaching for the left foot.
  • Repeat six times.

2. Hip Press: Lower back, hamstrings, and hips

  • Keep both heels on the ground, lunge forward with the right foot, and keep the pelvis vertical.
  • Bend the left leg, lower the torso, and create a stretch for the extended right leg. Keep your back straight. Once in position, you can arch your lower back to intensify the stretch. 
  • Return to the lunge position and repeat for the other side.
  • Continue this action six times, ensuring you are inhaling and exhaling with each repetition.

3. Kneeling Hip Stretch: Hips, Glutes, Thighs

  • Kneel with your back straight.
  • Place your right foot forward, placing it directly under the right knee keeping your thigh perpendicular to the ground.
  • Lay your hands on top of your right thigh. Pull your shoulders away from your ears. Contract your core.
  • Slowly move the right foot forward with the ankle below the knee.
  • Lean forward until you feel a stretch in the left hip flexor. Hold for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat with the left leg. 
  • Do five repetitions for each side. 

4. Side Stretch, Standing: Chest and Spine

  • Stand straight, using a golf club or pole for support
  • Cross the left leg over the right.
  • Reach skyward with the left hand, and bend toward the club or pole.
  • Look skyward while bent, feeling the stretch on the left side of your body.
  • Hold for 15 seconds and switch sides.

5. Shoulder Stretches: Back, Neck, Shoulders

  • Plant feet hip-width.
  • Holding a golf club near each end with both hands, lift it above your head.
  • Inhale and bring the club behind you until parallel to the ground. Don’t force it.
  • To enhance the stretch, move your hands closer together each time.
  • Repeat six times.

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