Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rainy Days Cont'd - Five Things To Do Indoors 1. Stretching

To start off Five Things To Do Indoors, the first I will present is stretching.

Stretching in Golf, I believe, is one of the most important things to keep your body and swing loose, tempo smooth, in balance, and from getting pulled muscles. 

  • Wrist, Arm, and Shoulder Stretches
    • Take right arm and place straight out putting your hand at 90 degree angle point fingers upward
      • Take left hand and pull lightly back fingers to shoulder and hold for 10 seconds
      • repeat at least five times
      • Switch Arms and hands and repeat
      • Using same technique only pointing fingers downward and repeat same as above
    • Take right arm and place behind head grabbing wrist with left hand pulling gently for at least 10 seconds. 
      • repeat at least 5 times
      • change and do same with opposite arms
    • Take right arm behind back around hip area grabbing wrist with left hand pulling gently for at least 10 seconds 
      • repeat at least five times
      • change and do same with opposite arms
    • Take right arm in front of body grabbing elbow with left hand pulling gently for at least 10 seconds
      • repeat at least five times
      • change and do same with opposite arms
The above exercise will assist in flexibility.
  • Find a broom stick or you an use one of your long irons or woods (be careful if using your clubs not to bend your shaft).
    • Get in your address position and place in the following position:
      • Take stick or club behind back and place inside each elbow
        • Start with turn of shoulders going in movement of back swing motion which allows your hips to turn naturally
        • once you obtain the shoulders at a 90 degree turn (or best turn you can) with weight shifting from neutral position to weight moving toward insight right foot start your down swing motion with weight shifting and moving to the  follow through finish.
        • repeat at least 10 times with tempo you would use with normal golf swing.

The above exercise will assist in flexibility, work with tempo of swing, weight shifting, and balance.

Both exercises will also assist in warming you up before your round and practice on the range.  By continually doing these exercises and others you will find that your golf game can improve with increased flexibility, which increases your range in motion and assist in obtaining easier smoother tempo.

 To the right is example of several exercises that will help you loosening up your body muscles:

There are numerous other stretching exercises that you can perform these are just a few.

  By stretching and exercising regularly you will work through the pyramid below eventually achieving all levels:



Next tip will be on Practicing putting on indoor carpet or putting pad.

Until then keep your body loose and stretch often to help keep from pulling any unnecessary muscles.....

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