Why warm up for your golf game?
Like most sports, golf demands a lot from your body in terms of power and mobility. Add to that often a lot of walking whilst carrying your clubs on one shoulder and you have a very unbalanced workout! Ideally then the next time you would do everything on the other side…but that doesn’t happen so imbalances start to occur in your body. Where there are imbalances, there are tightnesses and the body starts to compensate for this lack of balance in many ways. Over time this often leads to niggles and pains in the body – not great for your sport of leisure!
Warming up means that you activate all your muscles in your body so that compensations will be less severe. Tightnesses will be less tight and you can move more freely encouraging the correct muscles to do the bulk of the work. Hip mobility and power is essential for golf, as well as your rotational flexibility and core strength.
How long do I need to warm up for?
Not very long! 5 – 10 minutes is enough and it will make a big difference to how you feel going into the game. Hitting balls to warm up is not the best way to get your body ready for the game ahead. Below is an example of a warm up that you can do. I understand that you might not want to be getting out a youtube video at the club but practice it through at home to familiarise yourself with the exercises and then you can do the ones you remember before your game 🙂
Free Spirit has a lot of clients that enjoy golf and use their strength and conditioning coaching sessions to stay golf-fit throughout the year. They have noticed huge improvements in their game and in how they recover from big golf days. Strength training can help you improve your power and yoga is great for increasing your mobility and flexibility.
Keep your eyes peeled for a post-golf yoga stretch out that will help reset your body before you sleep.
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Happy warming up! Happy golfing!