Stretching for Golfers

The point of this collection of stretches is to give some examples of what you should try to do before attempting your chosen sport, in this case Golf.  With these stretches, you should be looking to increase your body temperature, easing your muscles into activity without increasing the likelihood of injury, whilst also focusing on movements which are most likely to happen during a game.

Remember to listen to your body. Don’t put yourself through excruciating pain to touch your toes, go as far as your body will allow before holding that position.

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Cross-Touch

Rotation through the hips is vital within golf, so this stretch will help any strain in the lower back.

Cross-Touch

Standing Hamstring

Constantly standing in slight hip and knee flexion when setting up for a shot will put tension through the hamstrings.

Standing Hamstring

Scarecrow Stretch

Repeating this stretch with your golf club will remind yourself to keep your shoulders square when you’re setting up for a shot.

Scarecrow Stretch

Standing Side Stretch

40 – 50 shots per round of golf will take its toll on the lower back. This stretch should help ease that pain.

Standing Side Stretch

Shoulder Floss Stretch

As the ‘Scarecrow Stretch’ helps to keep your shoulders round, so too will this Shoulder Floss Stretch.

Shoulder Floss Stretch

Across-the-shoulder Stretch

This stretch will help with the second phase of the golf swing, after you’ve hit the ball, you shouldn’t be restricted by your muscles.

Across-the-shoulder Stretch

Seated Pigeon Pose

This is a great overall muscle stretch, and it will help throughout your golfing, from walking to each ball, to standing strong before each hit.

Seated Pigeon Pose

Triceps Extension/Internal Rotation (Combined)

Throughout each hit, there is a component of stretching which is required/expected. This stretch should help extend through the ball.

Triceps Extension/Internal Rotation (Combined)

Supine Shoulder External Rotation

As above, there is a component of rotation which will benefit and improve from this stretch.

Supine Shoulder External Rotation

Childs Pose

A great global stretch, impacting the shoulders, back, hips and knees. Just be careful performing this on hard flooring.

Childs Pose

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