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Get Ready with Golf Exercises


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olf-related injuries do not discriminate.


Whether you frequent the course on a daily basis or it’s your first time on the links, injuries can occur at any time to anyone. Many golfers have started to equip themselves with basic exercise and stretching routines to prevent injury and increase flexibility. Prior to a tee time,


golfers should allow them- selves ample time to prop- erly warm up their muscles. The golf swing engages a multitude of muscle groups and by stretching the ham- strings, triceps and lower back, golfers greatly reduce the potential for injury and allow for more freedom in the swing. Golfers can also


improve their swings by incorporating a few quick and easy exercises into their workout routines. Through strengthening core muscles, golfers are able to develop power in the lower back, stability in abdominal muscles and even endur- ance. Athletes of all ages can benefit from strength and flexibility training both on and off the course.


56 / NCGA.ORG / FALL 2011 PRE-ROUND STRETCH 1


BACK AND HAMSTRING STRETCH Cross your right foot over your left and let your body hang while reaching for the floor. Hang for 20 seconds then cross the left leg over the right and repeat.


BY ARIANA PATTERSON ILLUSTRATIONS BY MARK FARINA


CORE EXERCISE


PILLAR BRIDGE (PLANK) To strengthen your abdominal muscles and trunk area, this simple exercise is the quickest way to a stable golf swing. Lay on your stomach, feet about shoulder width apart and push up onto your elbows by supporting your weight with your forearms. Your abs should remain tight as you extend one arm for two seconds then switch to the other.


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