Golf Stretching Exercise

By Chris Joseph
Stretch before playing golf starting with trunk rotations.
Stretch before playing golf starting with trunk rotations.

For golfers, it is important to stretch before playing a round. Stretching provides maximum muscle flexibility, which can lead to full extension and a more powerful swing. Loose muscles are also important to prevent of injury. Before stretching, you should first warm up by walking briskly for about five minutes.

Trunk Rotations

Begin this exercise by resting a golf club on top of your shoulders behind your neck. Place your hands at each end of the club. Twist your torso to the left so that the end of the club is pointing straight ahead, or as close as you can come to that position. Perform the same motion while twisting to the right. Perform up to 20 repetitions.

Standing Shoulder Stretch

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold the golf club upright with your hands placed at the end of the shaft near the head, and with the grip end touching the ground. Move your feet back and bend at the waist until you feel a stretch in your back. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then repeat two more times.

Leg Swings

Holding the club in your right hand and leaning on it for support, raise your left leg and swing it back and forth 10 times. Switch the club to the left hand and repeat 10 more times with the right leg. This helps loosen the muscles of the hips.

Wrist Bends

Extend your right arm directly out in front of you with your palm facing away from your body. With your left hand, lightly grasp the fingers of the right hand and bend them slightly backward toward your body. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then repeat with the other hand.

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