Best First Tee Stretches

By Steve Silverman

Golf is an athletic game. It does not compare with basketball, football or baseball, but it is a sport where basic athletic movements need to be performed consistently in order to hit the golf ball consistently. Your hips must rotate, you must have good extension on your arms and your legs must be strong enough to support the constant shifting of your weight. In order to get ready for a round, a golfer needs to stretch prior to hitting the ball on the first tee.

Shoulder Rotation

Take one of your long irons and hold it behind your head at shoulder level. Twist your upper torso as far to the right as you can go and hold the stretch for 2 seconds. Come back to the neutral position and twist as far to the left as you can go. Hold for 2 seconds. Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Hip Extension

Take one of your irons and place it behind your back and let it rest in the crook of your arms. Secure the club in its place and then twist slowly to the right and until your spine and hips have reached their limit. Hold this spot for a count of three. Return to the neutral position and then turn in the same manner to the left. Repeat this stretch 5 times.

Hamstring Stretch

Stretching your hamstrings out fully will increase leg strength and give you more power. Sit down on the ground with your left leg bent behind you and your right leg extended. Reach for your right big toe by stretching and not bouncing. Hold your final position for a count of 2. Do this 5 times and then switch legs. You will be ready to get your legs into your shot after this stretch.

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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