Improve Your Golf Swing And Driving Distance With Golf Stretches

Improve Your Golf Swing And Driving Distance With Golf Stretches

The golf swing is​ arguably one of​ the most difficult athletic actions to​ perform. The golf swing requires you​ to​ draw the golf club through a​ long range of​ motion​ with proper technique and​ exact timing.

Any error in​ swing plane, timing, or​ sequence will cause your​ golf swing to​ suffer, and​ suffer it​ will. Unfortunately, the result of​ your​ golf swing suffering will be errant shots, poor golf scores, and​ frustration​ on​ the golf course.

Often the amateur is​ at​ a​ lost for​ why their golf swing results in​ errant shots. Countless hours are spent at​ the range in​ an​ effort to​ improve their golf swing. Hundreds or​ even thousands of​ dollars are spent on​ lessons each year, and​ not to​ mention​ the purchasing of​ new equipment.

It all adds up to​ a​ lot of​ time and​ money spent on​ improving the golf swing. Unfortunately, for​ many amateur golfers their handicaps and​ score never improve. Leading to​ the question​ “why is​ my golf game not improving?”

if​ this​ is​ you​ and​ this​ question​ lingers in​ your​ mind. The answer to​ your​ question​ could easily be staring right back at​ you​ in​ the mirror. The failure of​ improvement may have absolutely nothing to​ do with the driver you​ are swinging, the teaching pro helping you​ with your​ swing, or​ even your​ practice routine. it​ could all do with you! Yes you, the physical body swinging the golf club.

Keep in​ mind the golf club does not perform the mechanics of​ the golf swing. Nor do the mechanics of​ the golf swing execute themselves without you. it​ is​ you​ and​ your​ body executing the mechanics of​ the golf swing. The point to​ make is​ your​ body directly affects the mechanics of​ the golf swing.

Additionally, the golf swing requires your​ body to​ encompass certain​ physical qualities to​ execute the mechanics of​ the golf swing correctly. These physical qualities are certain​ levels of​ flexibility, muscular strength, balance, and​ power. if​ you​ are lacking the minimal amounts of​ flexibility, balance, strength, and​ power to​ execute the golf swing correctly. Compensations will occur even before you​ swing the golf club.

for​ example, let’s look at​ your​ flexibility. The golf swing requires you​ to​ draw the golf club through a​ large range of​ motion. The backswing requires a​ full shoulder turn to​ set the club in​ the correct slot for​ the downswing, and​ the finish position​ is​ almost a​ mirror image of​ the backswing.

in​ order to​ perform these parts of​ the golf swing correctly, the muscles of​ your​ body must be flexible. an​ inflexible body in​ which muscles are “tight” creates restrictions in​ movement. Restrictions in​ movement in​ relation​ to​ the golf swing will undoubtedly result in​ limitations pertaining to​ golf swing. The limitation​ will impede you​ from creating a​ full shoulder turn and​ balanced finish position. this​ causes compensations in​ the mechanics of​ the golf swing.

The entire body needs to​ be flexible for​ the golf swing. Certain​ muscles more than others are involved in​ the golf swing, and​ if​ these muscles are “tight” they will directly affect your​ golf swing. One such set of​ muscles is​ your​ hamstrings.

The hamstrings (back side of​ your​ upper leg) are often “tight” and​ cause problems to​ many people, not just golfers. However, they have a​ profound effect on​ the golf swing and​ it​ is​ not a​ good effect. Hamstrings that are “tight” are in​ a​ shortened position. The shortened position​ of​ the hamstrings has a​ direct effect on​ the position​ of​ your​ hips. your​ hips will be “tucked”, directly affecting your​ posture. this​ in​ itself can hamper the ability to​ place oneself in​ the correct position​ at​ address within​ the golf swing, not to​ mention​ maintaining a​ proper spine angle during the swing.

Additionally, “tight” hamstrings place an​ undo amount of​ stress on​ the lower back. Large amounts of​ stress on​ the lower back cause fatigue, soreness, and​ increase the possibility of​ injury. if​ you​ are a​ golfer that has ever experienced lower back pain​ you​ know the effect it​ has on​ your​ ability to​ swing the golf club correctly.

A combination​ of​ a​ postural change and​ undo amounts of​ stress on​ the lower back, just begin​ to​ scratch the surface of​ the effect inflexible muscles can have on​ the golf swing. “Tight” muscles change the kinematics of​ the body. as​ a​ result, the biomechanics of​ the golf swing must be altered. These alterations usually lead to​ compensations in​ the mechanics of​ the golf swing resulting in​ errant shot patterns on​ the golf course.

and​ no matter what you​ do in​ terms of​ practice or​ instruction​ these alterations will not go away until you​ address them. Just as​ you​ address swing faults, you​ must address flexibility faults. Flexibility faults can be addressed through golf stretches.

Golf stretches enhance the flexibility of​ your​ body in​ relation​ to​ the golf swing. Golf stretches often times return muscles that are “tight” such as​ the hamstrings to​ their proper length. this​ results in​ the ability of​ your​ body to​ perform the biomechanics of​ the golf swing correctly. if​ you​ are one of​ many golfers who are not finding their golf swing improving through practice and​ instruction. Take a​ moment and​ look at​ the body swinging the golf club. this​ very well may be the root of​ your​ golf swing problems. Fix your​ flexibility faults through golf stretches and​ find yourself on​ the road to​ lower golf scores and​ more enjoyment in​ the game of​ golf.

Sean Cochran

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