For this series well use a 5-iron for our pre-round routine and a stretching aid for our post-round routine. If you do not have a stretching aid simply visit the golf fitness pro shop to order.
Each week you will have 2 new exercises. This is a progressive routine which means that every week you will perform the new exercises along with the exercises from weeks prior. Perform the routine daily for maximum results!
Dynamic or active stretching is important in preparing a golfer to perform at their best. Stretching before golf should be part of your warm-up routine, however warming up your core body temperature is essential to avoid injury. This is easily done by walking from your car to the practice range at a fast pace, thus preparing your body for dynamic movement specific to golf.
Static or passive stretching is just as important after the round. Most golfers head for the clubhouse after the round and this gives you time for stretching because you have just put your body through a lot of stress. Spending only 5 minutes after the round doing static stretches will prevent a lot of stiffness and soreness associated with the impact of the game.
Lets get started!
Stand with your club in front club face towards you and hand atop the club. Having the club face towards you prevents the club from slipping away from you as you do this exercise. Take one foot back and place both feet firm. Bent the knee of the back leg and slowly sit back as though you were sitting in a chair and raise the toe of the front foot in a flex position to engage the hamstring. Slowly return to the start position and repeat. Remember to keep this exercise in an active status (no pause) for 10 ' 15 repetitions for each side.
Sit upright and wrap the center strap of the Stretch Trainer around the arch of one foot. Bend the opposite knee and place the opposite foot on the floor to create equal balance. Pull tension on the stretch trainer and slowly roll onto your back extending your leg with the strap upward. Gently pull the stretch trainer towards you increasing the range of motion in your hamstring. When you have reached a comfortable position hold for 30 seconds and then repeat to the opposite side.
Remember you will need a stretching aid available in the pro shop to continue this series!
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Editor's Note: Kelly Blackburn has traveled the PGA Tour and Champions Tour circuits as a fitness consultant and trainer for 12 years. Kelly welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at BlackburnOnTour@aol.com. Visit KellyBlackburn.com to learn more about health and fitness for golf.