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I follow a very similar routine to what mdfrey suggests. I park away from the clubhouse so that I have to walk a bit. In Florida it's very easy to work up a sweat. I then do three similar stretches along with some rotational stuff. I don't hit a lot of balls before the round. Since I've adopted that routine I've stayed fresh through the round and had much less lower back pain.

 

 

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Thanks to all for your valuable input on this. Great topic!

 

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Clearly I need to be stretching more reading these replies...

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This is right up my ally as well! I'm not a PT (my useless brother is!) but I am a CSCS certified stength & conditioning coach and I work with athletes. Like @McaseyM said, don't stretch cold!

Really, I don't even like the word, "stretching". I think it puts athletes in the wrong mindset. Instead, focus on, "warming up". This means raising your core temperature (we call it, getting your chili hot!), proper joint and spine mobilization and prepping your CNS to play. Warming up isn't just about injury prevention, it's also about optimizing your performance.

One place where many athletes fall short is in the CNS prep phase of a warm up. Basically, you want to go through some challenging movements that will require focused proprioception and "wake up" your CNS in a sense. My favorite drill for this is what I call, the "outside, ground to overhead twist"

 

Relative to the big toe on your left foot, place a golf ball one foot in front and then one foot out side (45* angle shooting out and away from your foot) of your foot. Just one ball. Now, balance on your left foot and pick up the ball, using both hands as slowly, smoothly and in control as possible (do not just crash down on the ball!). Pick it up and now, pretend their is a shelf on the right side of your head about a foot above head height. Stand up (still balancing on one foot!) and twist and place the ball on the shelf. Now, reverse the process and put the ball back where you found it.

Repeat with the right foot, flipping all the directions. Go back and forth, right foot, left foot five times each. If you touch your lifted foot, no big deal, just pick it back up and keep going. Always be slow, smooth and under control. This will get your core temp up and really turn on your CNS before you go into your mobility.

I'm liking this drill! [emoji108]

 

 

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I'm usually get in a 2-3 minute stretch beforehand.

 

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This is right up my ally as well! I'm not a PT (my useless brother is!) but I am a CSCS certified stength & conditioning coach and I work with athletes. Like @McaseyM said, don't stretch cold!

Really, I don't even like the word, "stretching". I think it puts athletes in the wrong mindset. Instead, focus on, "warming up". This means raising your core temperature (we call it, getting your chili hot!), proper joint and spine mobilization and prepping your CNS to play. Warming up isn't just about injury prevention, it's also about optimizing your performance.

One place where many athletes fall short is in the CNS prep phase of a warm up. Basically, you want to go through some challenging movements that will require focused proprioception and "wake up" your CNS in a sense. My favorite drill for this is what I call, the "outside, ground to overhead twist"

 

Relative to the big toe on your left foot, place a golf ball one foot in front and then one foot out side (45* angle shooting out and away from your foot) of your foot. Just one ball. Now, balance on your left foot and pick up the ball, using both hands as slowly, smoothly and in control as possible (do not just crash down on the ball!). Pick it up and now, pretend their is a shelf on the right side of your head about a foot above head height. Stand up (still balancing on one foot!) and twist and place the ball on the shelf. Now, reverse the process and put the ball back where you found it.

Repeat with the right foot, flipping all the directions. Go back and forth, right foot, left foot five times each. If you touch your lifted foot, no big deal, just pick it back up and keep going. Always be slow, smooth and under control. This will get your core temp up and really turn on your CNS before you go into your mobility.

I did this yesterday morning.... Felt real good! 👍

 

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I'm liking this drill! [emoji108]

 

 

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I do little stretches for my back but I also use the orange whip which helps me loosing up 

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it was mentioned earlier, but bears repeating: static stretching of cold muscles is a really bad idea.  

if you think of your muscles as rubber bands, imagine leaving a rubber band out in the cold overnight.  now take it and stretch it out...it won't go far before it snaps.  the same rubber band left in the sun will be much more pliable.

the best thing you can do for your body is to stay loose so you don't have to get loose.  i do 20-30 minutes of yoga every morning, regardless of what the day holds.  as a result, i can get to the course and be at game speed after just a few swings.

for those days when you're rushed for time and can't get on to the range before you tee off...you'd be much better served doing something to break a light sweat before heading to the tee box than you would doing any stretching.

for those of you with back pain: 2-3 minutes of couch stretch on each side daily will have your back feeling 10x better than motrin or your chiropractor (and at the bargain basement price of free)

kelly starett does a good job of explaining why and how here, but i'd be happy to explain more in-depth if anyone wants to shoot me a PM

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