Flexibility has been singled out as one of the most important components of the golf swing. Any time you have tight muscles, your body responds in restricted movement. So, optimal flexibility becomes the key to freedom of movement in the swing. A golfer’s focus should always be on restoring normal range of motion to their joints before progressing onto more advanced strength and power programs. Here are four simple rules to follow when looking to increase your flexibility for golf.
1. Stretch within your comfort zone and available limits. Mild muscle tension can be a natural part of the stretching process, but pain and discomfort have no part in a sensible stretching program.
2. Make sure and relax. It is very difficult to stretch effectively when you are tense. Find a time when you tend to be more relaxed throughout the day to use as your stretching time. An uptight attitude can create an uptight body and subject it to increased risk of injury.
3. Try exercising first. Exercise increases your body temperature and prepares it for a natural unwinding process through stretches. Use a brief cardio warm up or exercise session prior to your stretch routine.
4. Consistency is vital. Take your time and enjoy the opportunity to relax while focusing on making progress. If you tend to be a tight individual and you haven’t stretched in years, it will take some time to restore normal range of motion. Be patient and stretch consistently for best results.