Best Ongoing Course Stretches

By Steve Silverman

Playing a round of golf will never be compared with athletic events like playing basketball or tennis that call for maximum physical exertion. Nevertheless, golf is still an athletic endeavor, and those who participate are subject to sprains, strains and pulled muscles. Golfers should warm up properly before they start playing, but that may not be enough. Many times golfers have to wait between holes or shots as they face numerous delays. Muscles can cool off or stiffen and need to be stretched out even as the round of golf is in progress.

Shoulder Stretch

If you have been sitting 10 minutes or more between shots, stretch out your shoulders. Nothing elaborate here--put your right hand 4 inches above your right shoulder, with your elbow facing away from you. Push your left elbow back gently but steadily to keep your upper arm and shoulder loose. Do the same thing with your left arm.

Trunk Twist

The twisting of the upper body is the best way to simulate your swing. The golfer gets power by rotating backward and then forward to drive the ball. Twist your upper body at swing speed to the right and then back again to the left. Do this five times, and you should be ready to swing again.

Calf Raises

Before restarting your round, walk up to the nearest tree, extend your arms and set your left foot back 18 inches behind your right. Raise up on your left calf five times and do the same thing with the right leg. This will keep you from pulling a muscle when you add that extra power to your swing.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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