There are different types of stretch for athletes and sportspeople. But different sports require different stretches and exercises. Golf requires strength, coordination and flexibility. For golfers, stretches are very important for them to improve their game and minimize the risk of them getting injured.
The best stretches for golfers are as follow:
This stretch helps golfers to improve the mobility on their shoulders. It is very important for a sport like golf that focuses on the shoulders, arms and upper body in general.
- Hold your golf club at both ends with your both hands.
- Make sure your elbows are straight as you lift your golf club up and above your head.
- Slowly move your hands backwards as much as you can and stretch your shoulders farther.
- Hold on for a few seconds before you release your hand.
- Do it 2 or 3 times.
Wrist Flexor Stretch
A golfer’s wrist is an important tool for their success. The wrist should not be tight but flexible and this stretch helps the flexibility. You should not feel any pain with this stretch. If you do, you need to see a therapist.
- Stretch one of your hands forward with your palms facing upward and your elbow straightened out.
- With your second hand, hold the outstretched hand from above the knuckles and pull the hand down.
- Hold your hand in this state for about 30 seconds.
- Repeat the process for the other hand.
Bending Forward Stretch
This is a stretch that is good for golfers, tennis players, swimmers and baseball players.
- Stand straight with your back and shoulders relaxed.
- Join your fingers together behind your back.
- Lift your shoulders and your hands simultaneously from behind your back.
- Bend forward as much as possible with your shoulders raised as high as possible. Make sure to keep your back flat as you bend forward.
- Try to maintain this position for about 20 – 30 seconds.
- When you are fully stretched, you will feel some tension in your shoulders down to your arms and your hamstring.
- Repeat this process 2 to 3 times.
The set of muscles found at the thigh are known as quadriceps. The quadriceps can be stretched in a lot of different ways but this is the simplest method.
- Stand on only one of your legs. (You might want to hold something for support if you need to).
- Hold onto the ankle of the hanging leg and bring it close to your buttocks as much as possible.
- Try standing as straight as possible and you might feel that slight pull along your hip and thigh.
- Hold your leg in that position for about 20 – 30 seconds before releasing and then repeat the process with the second leg.
- The goal of this is to stretch your thigh and not to strain your knee. Your heel does not have to touch your buttock. Just take it as far as it is convenient for you, as long as you feel the impact on your thigh.