Having good flexibility is a key component to achieving your best golf swing, and it is also good for preventing injuries such as muscle pulls. To promote flexibility, stretching exercises should be performed just before playing a round of golf and should also be incorporated into your regular workout regimen. These exercises can be performed virtually anywhere, without the need of special equipment.
Knee to the Chest
A simple exercise to loosen and stretch the muscles of the lower back is the knee to the chest. Begin by lying flat on your back with your legs extended. Lift your left leg and bend it toward your body. Grasp the knee with both hands and pull it toward you. Maintain the stretch for 20 seconds, then return to the starting position. Repeat with the opposite leg.
The hamstring is the muscle in the back of your leg, and it is important to generate power in your golf swing. While lying flat on your back, raise your left leg toward the ceiling, keeping your knee extended. Your right leg should remain flat on the floor. Grasp your left thigh with both hands and pull your leg toward your body. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds, then repeat with the other leg.
The lateral side stretch will increase flexibility in your oblique muscles, which are the muscles in your sides above the hips. While standing up straight, place your left hand on your left hip and extend your right arm straight up. Bend to your left while reaching your right arm over your head until you feel the stretch in your side. Hold for five to 10 seconds, then repeat on the other side.
Bent Arm Shoulder Stretch
Having flexible shoulder muscles is important for generating power on your shoulder turn and for fully extending your arms when swinging. To perform this stretch, stand and raise your right arm in a right angle and reach across your body. Grasp your right elbow with your left hand and pull it toward your body. Hold for five to 10 seconds, then repeat with the other arm.