Flexible Scoring Post 1

There is no doubt that strength and cardiovascular training are beneficial in many ways to the average duffer. They play a major role in helping the average Joe to lose weight, build muscle and get fit.

However, there is another element that is often overlooked since it’s far less glamorous and its benefits aren’t as easily seen – flexibility. For golfers, flexibility is the key to success. After all, we all agree that staying limber can offset age-related stiffness, improve athletic performance and optimize functional movement in daily life.

Good flexibility ensures proper posture and balance while reducing the chance of injury due to overuse. Perhaps more importantly it also means a swing that is smoother and uses less energy and is thus more efficient.

Flexibility is the body’s ability to adapt to changes in position or alignment. The most common areas of poor flexibility are the hamstrings, calves and lower back. Unfortunately, most golfers don’t realize the importance of keeping these hot spots in shape until an injury occurs.

Not only does flexibility help prevent injury, but it actually can improve your game. As in every sport, a good round of golf depends on sound preparation and good conditioning. And for greater distance on the course, flexibility might be the key to a longer drive.

If a golfer lacks flexibility, especially in the back, abdominal, and hip, he may experience a limited arc motion during the rotation of his back swing. This means the trunk and hips are incapable of reaching the full range of motion necessary to bring the club back and to complete the swing. Lack of rotation can limit club speed, decreasing power.

Many people try to compensate for a limited arc motion by forcing movements or shifting the burden to other parts of the body. This can disrupt balance and timing, and lead to injuries, such as strained back and forearm muscles.

There have been many studies that show how flexibility training improves your clubhead speed.

Whether working out two or three times a week, for about 45 minutes each session, it has been proven that the average golfer improved his clubhead speed anywhere from four to six miles per hour in just eight weeks of training. On the course, that means the ball will carry roughly 10 to 12 yards farther.

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