Stretching Routine to Improve Golf Swing & Flexibility

By Jackson Lewis
Stretching improves flexibility and increases your range of motion for better performance on the course.
Stretching improves flexibility and increases your range of motion for better performance on the course.

Improving your overall flexibility through a regular stretching routine can result in an improved golf swing. If you have poor flexibility, you won't swing with full range of motion, losing distance or accuracy when you hit a shot. By performing regular stretching every day and before playing a round, you'll decrease your risk of injury and increase your performance. Before starting a stretching routine, warm up by walking or jogging for 10 minutes to avoid pulling or tearing muscles.

Sit in a rigid chair and place your feet approximately 2 feet apart, about even with your shoulders. Move your upper body to the left as far as is comfortable and grasp the chair backing with both hands. Hold the stretch for 10 to 15 seconds, then repeat to the opposite side. Do three total intervals.

Stand up and place your feet approximately 6 inches to 1 foot apart. Bend at your waist and let your hands hang toward your feet. Hold this position for 10 seconds and stand upright. Repeat three times.

Place a chair in front of you and stand as if you are going to hit the driver. Place your right foot on the chair and then cross your arms over your chest. Rotate your upper buddy as if you are on your backswing and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side, and do a total of three repetitions per side.

Lie on your back on a flat surface and bend your knees, with your feet and knees touching each other and your arms on the floor perpendicular to your body. Lower your knees to the right side as far as is comfortable, then do the same on the left side. Repeat for 10 repetitions and ensure your shoulders remain on the ground throughout.

About the Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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