Every golfer knows the importance of precision and technique, but one often overlooked aspect of golfing is preparation. While golf is a low intensity and low impact exercise, without proper stretches and preparation you could easily find yourself with an unexpected injury.

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Stretching has numerous benefits, as it lubricates stiff joints and tendons, increases your body’s temperature, promotes blood flow, and reduces the risk of injury. Next time you tee off, incorporate these stretches into your pre-game routine for enhanced performance.

1. Rotated Shoulder Stretch

Before you swing, it’s important to rotate your shoulders. A rotated shoulder stretch improves range of motion and allows for a more controlled swing by loosening up tight joints. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, extend your arms straight out in front of you, gently bring your right arm across your chest while holding it with your left hand at the elbow, and hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times on both sides of the body.

2. Ankle Stretch

A solid foundation is the key to a powerful golf swing and it starts with your ankles. Gently stretch and warm up your ankles to ensure stability and balance on the course. Sit down and lift your foot off the ground while rotating it in a circular motion, both clockwise and counterclockwise. Perform the stretch for 15-30 seconds in each direction and then switch feet.

3. Quadricep Stretch with Torso Rotation

This dual purpose stretch allows you to improve flexibility while strengthening your core. Targeting both your quadriceps and torso, this stretch primes your body for the complex movements involved in golf. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, bend your right knee while bringing your heel up toward your buttocks, hold your right ankle with your right hand. Simultaneously, extend your opposite arm in front of you and rotate your torso to the right. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and repeat on both sides of the body 2-3 times.

Proper stretching not only reduces the risk of injury but can help you elevate your performance on the course. If you struggle with stretching on your own or are unsure of which stretches would help you improve your golf game, a certified Flexologist from StretchLab can assist you with a customized routine that targets the areas of your body that need it most. You can make an appointment with a Flexologist today by visiting StretchLab.com.

Author: Arizona StretchLab Franchise Owner Jennifer Gage has opened six of ten Arizona locations in the Valley—Arcadia, Scottsdale Ranch, Gainey, Desert Ridge, North Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. StretchLab is the first boutique health and wellness franchise that offers one-on-one assisted stretching services in a fun, energetic and communal environment. To learn more about StretchLab, visit www.stretchlab.com.