Limber, Loose & Under Par: Stretching for Golfers

Limber, Loose & Under Par: Stretching for Golfers

In any instance with developed muscle memory, it will be 100% beneficial if you go through the sequence of whatever it is, being firm yet loose and relaxed simultaneously. A golf swing may be the best example of how muscle memory development is critical to be consistent with movement in athletics, and any golf pro at a Palm Desert golf course will tell beginner golf learners that. Many golfers will stretch for golf at home before they leave for the course, and it’s a good idea if you get sore.

So that’s what we’ll look at here with this blog entry: good stretches for golf that you can do to improve your performance and make your time on the course more enjoyable. Some people have jobs that are hard on their bodies, and there’s no getting around that fact, but they still want to golf here in Palm Desert. There will always be a lot of your backs and hips in a golf swing, especially when you’re aiming to drive the ball far.

Stretching for golfers can help with this, and again, all of these stretches are simple, and you can do them at home and with or without being dressed. Try them yourself and see if you’re more inclined to get a round in at a Coachella Valley golf course or ones closer to us here in Palm Desert.

We have been recognized as the best public golf course in the Valley by the Coachella Valley Weekly, and we’ve worked hard to build a golf course that is attractive, challenging, and enjoyable straight through 1 to 18 and with a great Clubhouse and staff, too. Book a tee time here. Our groundskeepers put their back into it, too, so don’t be surprised if you see them doing a stretch for golf course maintenance themselves.

Alright, enough about that and let’s get to the stretches for golf we promised here.

Quadriceps Stretch for Golf

This one is done with your back facing the bench, feet hip-width apart

  • Place your hands on your hips or clasp your hands in front of your chest.
  • Bend your right knee and rest the top of your right foot on the bench; press forward until you feel it engage your right glute.
  • Bend the left knee, ensuring it stays aligned over the left ankle.
  • Straighten the left leg and reach a standing position again. Repeat 2 to 5 times on each side.

Back Stretch for Golf

This is our choice for the best golf stretch for your back because it’s so good for loosening tension in the area. You’ll only need a bench or chair to do it.

  • Begin by facing the back of the chair or bench, feet shoulder-width apart. Hold the back of the chair and take a step back to extend your arms.
  • Lower your upper body with your back staying straight.
  • Continue until you feel the stretch in your armpits, and then hold this stretch for half a minute. Some people may like to try a yoga approach where you exhale slightly lower into the stretch, but you will know if this is possible based on how you feel the tension.
  • 2 to 5 times on each side. 

Hip Stretch for Golf

This one gets the nod for #1 among golf stretches for your hips. Tight hips are the enemy of an excellent, smooth, loose golf swing. If your body can’t comfortably rotate right from the base of the torso trunk, it’s not likely to happen naturally as you swing through the golf ball. And you’ll likely feel the tightness there the next day, definitely not something you want if you’re enjoying the day after golfing in Palm Desert. If you have tight hips, squatting during a golf swing may be difficult. Here is what you can do to open your hips for sports, including golf. 

  • Sit straight on a bench, a chair, or the floor with your left ankle on top of your right thigh. Plant your right foot on the ground and grunt loudly.  
  • Now bend at the waist and move your torso forward, bending at your waist gradually until you feel the stretch in your left hip.   
  • Hold for 30 seconds and do 2-5 times each side to loosen hips for golf.

Elbow Stretch for Golf

Golfers’ elbows occur because of the repetitive motion of swinging the golf club, and it can be immediately aggravated when golfers hurl golf clubs in frustration or take swings at other golfers for any reason. The muscles in your elbow and forearm become inflamed, causing pain and tenderness. Here’s what you can do to prevent that: this is an excellent choice for stretching for golfers.  

  • Extend your right arm in front of you with your palm face down.  
  • Use your left hand to pull the fingers of your right hand down and toward your body. Hold for 30 seconds, then let the fingers return to a natural resting position.  
  • Return your palm to the starting position. Pull your wrist up and toward your body. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat this 2-part sequence 2-5 times on each side.

Wrist Stretch for Golf

Golfing isn’t inherently complex on the wrists, and for the most part, the wrists serve more of a stabilizer function in a golf swing unless you are one of the golfers with some unique types of finesse shots in their arsenal. Most Palm Desert golfers around here have more average sets that way, but anyone with wrist issues may want to try this stretch before they play golf. It’s called the prayer stretch.

  • Press your palms together.   
  • Please place them in front of your chest, then move your hands down towards your waist, but with the palms continuing to be pressed together.   
  • Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 5 times.

Core Stretch for Golf

A fluid golf swing relies on robust and flexible core muscles. This move stretches these muscles so you can easily turn, and you can quickly see how it mimics a backswing and follow-through. This is a core twist stretch exercise.  

  • Stand up straight, feet shoulder-width apart, and cross your arms over your chest.  
  • Bend your knees while leaning slightly forward with your upper body.  
  • Turn your torso in the same way you would as you go through your backswing, doing so very deliberately. Once you’ve reached the right stretch point, you start rotating your body to mimic your follow-through.   
  • Hold for 30 seconds and do this 2-5 times.

Shoulder Stretch for Golf

Most golfers are right-handed, and if you assume that means their left shoulder shoulders most of the load with their swing, you’d be correct. Vice versa for lefties, this stretch can be done with more focus on one side than the other, depending on your golf handedness.   

  • Start with your feet shoulder-width apart. Raise your right arm across your chest, and move your opposite hand onto your right elbow. Grunt loudly.
  • Move your right wrist toward your left thumb, with the thumb pointing upward.  
  • Rotate your torso to the left. Tug on your right elbow and keep that stretch for 30 seconds.  
  • Hold your left elbow with your right hand. Turn your torso to the right and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 2-5 times.

The golf season in Palm Desert is into its last quarter now. As always, we’ve had an ideal season regarding the warm weather and everything else there is to like about the Coachella Valley and golf in Palm Desert. Read reviews of our golf course here. Suppose it’s had you or someone you know develop an increasing interest in improving your golf game. In that case, it’s as good a time as any for golf lessons here at Palm Desert Country Club, and our pros may even have a few stretches they can recommend for you, too, if you find yourself sore after playing golf.

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