The sun is out, the grass is green, the birds are chirping, and you’re busy carefully packing your golf bag. That’s right – the time has come to get back out on the green and get teeing, putting, and swinging. Golf season is always an exciting time – it means you’re back outside, getting some fresh air, and playing a sport you genuinely love. In addition, 2020 was a tough year… it’s time to let off some steam. Before you get carried away, though, I want to run through some stretches and tips you can implement to make this golfing season one of your best, if not the best. As with every sport, there are ways to get into the swing of things, so to speak, and when it comes to golf things are no different. Ready to hear it all? Great.
If you’re a sprinter you’d never consider running without a warm up. Right? If you’re a swimmer, you’d never go for gold without breezing through a breadth or two, surely? So, because you’re a golfer, you’d never consider an 18-hole day without properly warming up, would you? I didn’t think so. Just to jog your memory, though, here are a few exercise you can do prior to – and after – teeing off that may just improve your game!
Repeat the stretches above, but add the following:
Though you don’t pick up weights out on the course, adding strength training to your daily routine will greatly boost your golfing performance. Stronger muscles mean more control and less chance of injury! Why not add a few body weight exercises to your morning routine – lunges, pushups, etc. Try Pilates and yoga for some core strength, and add some cycling into your life for an extra lower body strength boost!
Alright, warm up and warm down done, but now what? As you may or may not know, golf can take its toll on your back, hips, and shoulders. Unfortunately, pain strikes just before you get your hole-in-one… or so I’ve heard. So, how can you avoid that irritating distraction? Well, how about trying the following:
At the end of the day, golf is a game of grace and composure – so, every more you make ought to imitate that sentiment. Injuries in golf are just as common as injuries found in jogging or cycling: they happen more often than you think and can debilitate you for longer than you’d imagine. The great thing about golf, though, is that an improvement in form can both prevent injury AND boost your game. In lieu of this, I encourage you to reach out to a physical therapist this season: for tips, help, pain relief, form and posture correction, and tools you can apply both at home and on the course, physical therapy really should be your first port of call.
Let 2021 be the year your golfing game takes off; from putting to swinging, make sure you make the most of every movement as you make your way around the green. I hope the tips in this post have encouraged you to put effort into every game whilst also giving you the motivation to prepare properly, make sure your technique, posture and form are correct, and to make preparations for avoiding injury. For more information, feel free to contact us directly. Until then – here’s hoping you get that birdie you’ve always wanted!
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