Fitness Lab. Golf Season



The weather is warming up, which means it’s the most wonderful time of the year for golfers, baseball players, and other outdoor athletes as they prepare for their sports seasons. This is also an important time for athletes to build, preserve, and protect their shoulder strength, particularly for golfers. Golfing for the first time after several wintry months where many of us have stayed indoors can be tough on the body. Most people will experience soreness in their lower back, shoulders and wrists after their first time out. Be sure to utilize the following tips and preparations to ensure you come out swinging this golf season: 1. PREPARE. Before hitting the green, you may want to go to the driving range a couple of times first. This will help prepare your muscles when you play a round of golf. 2. STRETCH. Stretchingcan improveyourrangeofmotion,making it easier to swing the club. Try some of these stretches, which will warm up the muscles you will use in your golf swing. 3. EASY DOES IT. The actual motion of golfing isn’t the only thing that strains your body during a round. Soreness can also come from walking around the course and carrying your clubs. Start the year off using a push cart or only playing 9 holes while

you build up the endurance needed to play an entire round. If you regularly ride in a cart, this is likely a little less of a concern. 4. DON’T LET YOUR SKILLS GET RUSTY. If you’re an avid golfer during the summer, try attending an indoor driving range during the off season. Regular exercise, such as jogging or biking, can also keep your muscles strong and ready for the season. 5. HIT THE GYM. The best golfers in the world have made fitness an integral part of their game and have forever changed Golf. Par 5s are now reachable in 2, fatigue is not as much of a factor, ball striking is more consistent, and scores continue to drop. Improvements in equipment have helped, but more than ever, Golf Professionals are investing in physical health. A lot of amateurs, however, have not taken advantage of getting their bodies in the best physical condition to play golf. While many golfers are hesitant to invest in their physical fitness due to shortages of proper fitness programs specific to golf or the fear of injuring while using weights or machines, investing in your physical health will improve and enliven your golf game! Source

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