Warming Up for Golf Post 4

Golf

Chest:
Standing up, hold a club behind you with your palms up. Bend your knees slightly as you raise your arms, and stick your chest out while moving your elbows and shoulders backward and up-ward. Gently squeeze your shoulder blades together and inhale as you try to feel the stretch in your chest. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds, and then relax.

Chest and Shoulders:
Standing with good posture, hold a golf club horizontally behind your back with both hands, palms facing out. Slowly raise your arms until you feel a mild stretch in your chest and shoulders. Keep upright; don’t lean forward.

Shoulder and Back:
Place a club behind your head and across your shoulders. Make as full a turn as your muscles will allow, and hold for three seconds. Turn back to your starting position. Turn back again, this time two or three degrees more than the first turn. Hold for three seconds. Continue to increase the turns by two to three degrees and hold for three seconds.

Low Back:
Sit with good posture on a bench or golf cart seat. Slowly turn to your right to a point of mild tension. If it’s comfortable to do so, grab the back of your seat. Keep feet on floor. Hold, and then repeat on left side.

Shoulders and Arms:
Grip head of golf club with right hand and extend it behind your head, letting the club hang vertically. Reach up with the left hand and grab the club as far up the shaft as you comfortably can. Gently pull down with your left hand until you feel a mild stretch in your right shoulder. Hold, and then repeat on left shoulder.

Arm Swings:
Keep arms straight as you slowly cross arms in front, spreading shoulder blades apart, and then slowly swing arms out to the side while squeezing shoulder blades together.

Arm Circles:
Keep arms straight as you slowly circle left arm up, back, then down. Repeat on right arm.

The regular warm-up will definitely improve your game and your consistency, but don’t expect miracles. Even if you don’t feel the practice is helping, stick with it for at least three months.

Sometimes you’ll play poorly despite a full warm-up; sometimes you’ll play great without it. Expect this, it’s just golf. But don’t think it means that practice doesn’t help.

However, one thing remains clear. No matter your level of golf, you will play better golf if you use a warm-up routine before you ever swing the first club.

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