Golf is a sport that relies on flexibility more than actual physical strength. Before you think I have finally gone off the deep end, I have a story that will support my view and maybe have you shaking your head in agreement.
About a month ago I was playing a round with some friends. In our group, we had one player whose swing was long, smooth and controlled. Serge’s swing results in a long swing arc that generates tremendous power. You can just heard the loud crack as he makes contact with the ball. It is important to note that Serge’s tempo is smooth that produces a long looking swing.
After watching him play for 18 holes, I noticed Serge has a greater shoulder rotation than anyone else in the group. Seeing something about a swing that I really lime, I tried to emulate Serge’s long slow swing. The first thing I noticed is that my flexibility was poor and needed work.
After working on my flexibility for a week, I was able to rotate farther, which in turn generated more power and I was able to hit my ball under better control and farther. Conversely, after that week, life took over and I did not dedicate enough time to stretching. My gains were lost, but I know what I need to do next.
Therefore, I conclude that flexibility is critical to making positive changes to my swing. As I age, flexibility will become more important and physical strength. I will admit that being strong is important, however being like a rubber band is an area of focus I will concentrate upon.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the likes!