This weeks tip comes from F. Kramer of Denver, CO:
Kelly ' I started your flexibility workout with the stretch trainer early June. My biggest struggle with my game has been my lack of flexibility and the result was little to no turn in my torso area. My approach to fitness for golf has been slim to none at best, but two exercises in particular that have helped me are the cross hip and low trunk. Ive added distance and more importantly feel so much better. I do your flexibility CD workout every morning and every night and have advanced to the 3rd handgrip on most of the exercises!
Start: Lie on your back with both knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Cross one leg over the opposite and place the ankle over the opposite knee.
Action: Slowly raise the foot off the floor with the knee bent towards your chest. Place your hands around your thigh to increase the stretch.
Finish: Hold for 30 seconds and repeat. Release and repeat, but the second time increase the stretch. Repeat to the opposite side.
Start: Lie back with both knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Pull the right leg to the chest and wrap the center of the stretch trainer around the arch of the foot.
Action: Straighten the right leg holding on to both loops equally and slowly pull the leg towards the chest. Hold both loops in the left hand, straighten the opposite leg and extend the right arm to the side. Slowly drop the extended leg to 10 oclock (picture shows 9 oclock) and turn the head to the right. (picture 3 shows finish position from opposite side)
Finish: Hold for 30 seconds, release the tension and repeat but the second time increase the stretch. Repeat to the opposite side.
Here are the benefits you can receive from this flexibility workout:
1) Improve flexibility to lower the risk of injuries and improve range of motion
2) Increase flexibility of the shoulder girdle for more stability at the top of your back swing
3) Increase flexibility of the upper legs for improved balance during your swing
4) Increase flexibility of your hip girdle for more power and club head speed
5) Increase flexibility of the lower legs for more push-off power in the downswing
6) Increase the flexibility of the trunk which is critical in making an effective turn
7) Increase the flexibility of the forearms and wrists for better club control
8) Ultimately increase your overall fitness level!
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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 11 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.