Golf is a sport that requires some flexibility. The range of movement encompasses over 360° in order to properly move the club head through various directions. I am sure we can debate the exact degree count, but for the aspect of this discussion today, I think you get the point. I akin the flexibility, or lack of, needed to the ability to twist a pretzel. Let me explain.
If you have pretzels in your house, grab one and give it a twist. Of course, these tasty morsels are rigid and eventually snap into many pieces. It is inevitable because of the design and composition. However, would your be surprised if I tell you that a pretzel can twist if you slowly add a small around of water to the out shell. Yup, it takes a fair bit of time eventually you can make a rigid pretzel twist and turn. Of course it will fall apart because of the flour, but again, you get my meaning.
Well, the flexibility required to golf for anyone just starting to play seems like an insurmountable task to achieve. But, the human body is an amazing thing! By slowly adding a bit of stretching into your daily routine, you will be able to swing the golf club more freely. That is were my focus will be starting January first. As I stated yesterday, a bit more distance is my main goal and being more flexible is the foundation to creating a better swing in 2021.
My flexibility routine will not be focused on just golf movements. Being just shy of 60, I believe that a whole body approach is important. I have a used a few routines in the past with success and will start in those areas. It routinely takes about 30 minutes of a day to find the success I am looking for and that goal is built up over time (excuse the pun) but doing a little bit each day. I will say that the first 5 or 10 sessions are uncomfortable, but I find that my body quickly reacts my consistent incremental steps to being more flexible. The trick for me is to set a schedule and stick to it.
Flexibility is not a new topic at The Grateful Golfer. I have talked about it for years and still believe that it is one of the cornerstones to a great golf swing. A word of caution before you zip over to YouTube and look for a routine, ensure that you discuss any challenges with your medical professionals. Personally, I have been talking with my medical team for years and they have counselled me on the do’s and don’ts. So, starting in 4 days, flexibility exercises will be at the top of the list of things to do on a daily basis.
Do you stretch to improve your golf game?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!