How to Loosen a Stiff Neck to Prevent Injury in Golf

By Ramsay McMaster

What we are going to do now is go back to the armpit exercise where we bring the ball to the back of the left armpit and we fire the triceps through the lower shoulders and keep the lower torso area long through the trunk.

Neck Stretch for Golfers

What I am going to get Denis to do is get his right ear to his right shoulder, so that he is strengthening down in the left shoulder area while he is stretching up above. He can actually use his right hand to get a bit more stretch by putting it on top of his head and pulling down to the right, but if you do this make sure that the shoulder stays on-plane.

A lot of people want to bring their right shoulder slightly forward but this jams the neck, so keep that shoulder on line with the shoulder blade itself and bring your neck across to the shoulder. What he is doing is that he is firing the muscles down the shoulder while he is stretching on the opposite side. He is getting a lot more length through the shoulder area and a lot less tension through the neck.

  • This is a nice exercise, keep the right shoulder in that straight position, and try to hold it for 15 seconds.
  • Then we cross over and do the same on the opposite side, only this time the left arm is stretching the neck over. Now let’s see how Denis feels in a set up position with his neck as he comes around.

Again, I can feel that my chin is in and the head feels like it is back a little more, rather than forward, and as I start to move here I feel that I have improved further the range through my upper spine. Having worked that exercise again I am also aware of my shoulder blades and posture at address.


Category: Stretching
Sub Categories: Posture

About the Instructor

Ramsay McMaster
Ramsay McMaster
The Melbourne Golf Injury Clinic
1100 Dandenong Road
Carnegie, VIC 3163
Melbourne, Australia

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