Why Stretching and Warming Up Is Important to Your Game of Golf

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
When it comes to physical activity, stretching is almost always recommended to prevent injury. However, it isn’t something that we make time for. Because while golf, on the surface, doesn’t seem as much of a rigorous sport as football or soccer, many imply that stretching isn’t needed. It is important that golfers pro or beginners make time to properly warm-up and stretch their bodies. One of the most important parts of any round of golf is what you do before you tee off. Keep these tips in mind to make your game of golf more enjoyable.

Get to The Golf Course in Plenty of Time

Life gets busy, but planning ahead while keeping you at ease and give you time to properly stretch and do a warm-up routine to get you ready for your round. A clear mind is always crucial to a relaxed game of golf.

Create a Stretching Routine

Doctors and trainers who have attended The Academy of Golf Dynamics have told us that they highly recommend stretching if you have time to. Stretching helps loosen your muscles and flexibility is key for your golf game since it helps you make better wings. Secondly, stretching helps you avoid injury. Pulled muscles usually occur when our muscles are tight.

Simple Stretches

  • Hamstrings: Spread your feet shoulder-width apart and keep your knees straight with your weight on your heels. Bend over as far as you can go without bouncing. Try to hold this position for at least 10 seconds.You can do this stretch as many times as you feel necessary. Stretching your hamstrings helps loosen your lower bag as well as your legs
  • Shoulders: Take one arm and pull it across your chest with your other and swing it forward and backward at your side. Repeat with the other arm. This routine will help you loosen your shoulders and get the blood flowing before you play golf.
  • Core: Place your club behind your neck with both hands on the golf club. Twist back and forth slowly. This motion helps stretch your core and back.
  • Arms and Wrists: Extend your arm at full length and pull your wrists and forearms.
  • Whole Body: Take two golf clubs, hold them together, and swing them continuously back and through. Doing this routine slowly can help stretch everything, all in one shot. These are just some simple exercises you can do to help you get ready for your round of golf.

Warm Up On the Range

Having plenty of time to warm up on the range is important for several reasons. These reasons include helping to loosen muscles, setting the tone for how you will swing, and warming up helps you find out “what you have” before you tee off. Warming up on the range helps to loosen muscles before your golf game. Hitting balls on the range is a key way for you to get loose and get your blood flowing. Starting off, hit shots with your feet together, making shorter and slower swings, it will help set the tone for how you will swing that day. This drill helps produce good timing, tempo, and balance. You should gradually widen your stance and make your swing longer as you get loose. The next time you decide to hit the snooze button, remember, get to the golf course in plenty of time so you can properly get warmed up. It could mean the difference between the round of golf you want and the one you try to avoid.

Learn More From the Experts

For more information about the importance of stretching and warming up before you play golf, contact The Academy of Golf Dynamics. Give us a call today at 1(800)879-2008 or Contact Us via email. We are located at 45 Club Estates Parkway in Austin, Texas.