Flexible Scoring Post 2

So how do you increase flexibility? Stretching is one of the best ways to improve flexibility. Many PGA Tour players stretch on an almost daily basis. These exercises promote elasticity to various muscle groups with almost immediate results. Most golfers will often notice increased flexibility after only one or two sessions.

Stretching is the solution! Stretching lengthens the tissues around your joints, enabling them to move through a greater range of motion. This helps you achieve a more fluid swing, which will increase club power. In addition, if you stretch after a full day on the course, you are less likely to experience muscle soreness.

The traditional myth associated with weight training is it will make your muscles stiff and tight. The fact is, weight lifting can actually enhance your flexibility — provided you train properly. Olympic-level weight lifters are some of the most flexible athletes in the world. Although they train with heavy weights, all exercises are performed using a full range of motion and they take the time to stretch before and after every workout.

As you probably know, many professional golfers have incorporated weight training into their conditioning workout, with impressive benefits. Not only does weight training enhance performance and flexibility, but it may also help prevent sports-related injuries.

It’s no surprise that there is a progressive loss of flexibility as we get older. Muscles and joints become tighter due to several factors, including disuse, deterioration of joint surfaces, and changes in connective tissue. Loss of flexibility may not only limit range of motion during each swing of the club, but may make you more susceptible to injury. Often the lower back and hamstrings seem to be tight.

Everyone can benefit from stretching, regardless of age. While you may not be able to regain the flexibility of your youth, you can certainly make significant strides in that direction.

Jamming in one or two quick stretches before or after a workout is better than nothing, but it will yield limited results. The more time and attention you give to your flexibility training, the more benefits you’ll have.

While the shoulder, chest, hamstrings and hips are often particularly tight, you may hold tension in other areas, depending on your history of injuries and imbalances in your muscle groups. Unless you tailor your flexibility training to your strengths and weaknesses, you may miss areas that need attention.

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