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The singlemost important golf fitness factor for your golf
performance is flexibility. The less golf fitness stretching
exercises you do, the less flexibility you have, the worse your
game. It's that simple. Ignorance of the proper golf stretches
and lack of flexibility are responsible for keeping the games of
many players from ever reaching their full potential - on all
No equipment breakthroughs, no magical flying golf balls, no
$300 lessons and no 'electrically charged' bracelets will ever
take the place of what a proper golf fitness stretching exercise
program can do for your game.
With the right golf stretching exercises, the easier and further
your body can turn, the better, more powerful, your swing is.
Moving the club head over a greater distance allows for the
generation of more club head speed, hence more distance on the
ball - WITH LESS EFFORT.
So, What Does The Ideal Golf Stretching Exercise Program Consist
1) It must include several key compound stretches - stretches
that elongate several joint areas at the same time - mimicking
natural movement patterns. Allowing the golfer to be more
accurate through enhanced fitness flexibility, body awareness &
2) It must include a series of single or double joint golf
stretching exercises. The effects of these stretches increase
exponentially when the specific body movement requires several
of these joints to move in coordination with each other (ie -
the golf swing).
3) It must follow a symetrical protocol - the true key to
maintaining optimal muscle/tendon/joint balance on both sides of
the body. This allows for enhanced golf swing power without a
large increase in swing effort. And this is also very important
to chronic and acute injury prevention - and hence fitness and
4) It must offer several golf fitness program variations. A long
version for regular training days and a short version for
Pre-Round Stretching. A few variations with the large exercise
ball should also be included (extremely important for the
golfer) along with a couple of club stretches to do just before
tee-off & between holes if necessary.
5) It must be realistic & easy to do for golfers at any fitness
level with no equipment except for a stretching floor mat (and
an exercise ball for certain stretches).
6) It should be thorough - addressing the head and neck all, the
way down to the feet. Remember, the golf swing is a full body
7) It should feel good - especially afterward. This type of
stretch routine should make you feel as if your posture is
immediately better & you should feel stronger - just because
your body moves so much easier & more fluidly. You should almost
feel like you could rip the cover off a ball if you were to hit
one right after your golf fitness stretch routine.
8) It should cause some of your golf buddies to become 'hateful
enemies'. Once you start bombing your drives & ripping your iron
shots 'the boys' are not going to be very happy with your
new-found golf fitness abilities - they will be 'green' with
9) Multi-plane, rotational floor stretches are a must. Glute,
piriformis & IT band stretches are a must. Heel (Achilles) and
calve stretches are a must. Hip flexor, quad, and groin
(adductor) stretches are a must and have to be included in any
golf fitness flexibility program.
10) Neck, trapezius & shoulder girdle stretches must be
included. Chest, arm, abdominal and oblique stretching exercises
must be included. Upper, middle & lower back stretches must be
11) A complete golf flexibility exercise session should take you
no longer than 45 minutes on a long program and no longer than
14 minutes on a 'quick golf stretch'.
The starting point of your optimum golf fitness exercise program
should place priority on the flexibility component. A carefully
crafted stretching program, consisting of the right golf
exercises, should be the foundation for which the rest of your
golf performance conditioning program is built upon.
About the author:
Joey Atlas, Exercise Physiologist, is the mastermind behind The
<a href="http://www.OptimumFlexibilityForGolf.com">Best Golf
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