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A while back I was watching some show on the Golf Channel and they asked Tom Watson the question, "If you only had 15 minutes before your tee time, what would you do?" Watson said he would go do his stretches over going to the driving range or putting green.

 

I think this is one of the best benefits of the Orange whip, it helps stretches a lot of your upper core muscles. I've found through testing that I gain probably around 2-5mph on my swing if I stretch before lifting a club and it's now part of my routine. It looks goofy, but (at least perceived) results show high swing speeds, better ball control, and in general a less tense swing.

 

Here's a set of stretches I found just now that I may try out:

 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/golf-stretches/SM00089

 

Anyway, the point of this thread is to ask this question to our lower handicappers, do you stretch and what do you do? Frankly I almost never see anyone do this.

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I've always done a couple stretches, but nothing systematic. Now that I'm suffering through a back injury (a result of swinging too hard when cold), I am planning to change that. The link you provided seems like a great routine...thanks!


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All the better players I know stretch before any Golfing even if they are young enough not to appear to need it. They normally do so in the locker room. It's something I should have learned to do way back but still don't do now that I need it even more. I do some stretching at home before leaving for the fairways though, so I must be getting smarter.

 

 

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I always stretch prior to any golf actitivies. I don't go through a specific stretching program, per se, but I do stretch. I make sure to take a HOT shower prior to going (it's usually less than 15 minutes from door to door). Once I get there, I use my Swinkey. It's supposed to be a swing trainer, but I never seem to use it for that, just as a stretching pole and warming up at slow speeds with something weighted to stretch my big muscles out.


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About 3/4 of the time I stretch, but I do not have a routine. I definitely feel the difference, and my swing feels a lot looser. I could care less about looking like an idiot. I usually try to focus on my back and hips, and if there is time move on to my legs. I don't reallay know what I would do to stretch my arms...


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AS I have gotten older i have had to stretch more before playing mostly the legs and lower back muscles so I don't feel tight or injure myself trying to go too hard. It is a great idea in any physical activity to stretch before hand and then stretch afterwords. Majority of people don't stretch after however.


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Stretching is just something that you've gotta do if you expect to play your best. Golf is a sport, which requires just as much physicality as basketball, baseball, and so on. You wouldn't see any person playing those sports begin prior to doing some stretching. Golf is no different. Not to mention the injury prevention it provides.


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With my back problems I not only had to stretch before the round I am working on incorporating them in the preshot routine. This is an area where I really have to work. For years I just grabbed the club did a little waggle and swung. I still have a tendancy to do that and this is costing me strokes. If I get the club stretch take a couple of swing for tempo and to limber up. I almost always hit a great shot. The problem is changing a preshot routine is so hard to do. I get so wrapped up in seeing it in my mind I forget to do all the stuff to make it happen.

This it the focus of my round tomorrow is stretch then swing.


 

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Certainly! No routine, just some basic stretching exercises we all learned when we were kids. I then add a few swings holding 3 irons together for the added weight.


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Hey guys,

 

I'm the resident PGA Teaching Pro over at Golf Circuit, a new forum sponsor. I've been reading through the posts on this thread and I wanted to throw in what I've learned during my teaching career.

 

I've worked with some pretty elite athletic trainers (and one former PGA TOUR lead physical therapist) and they all agree that warming up before you play can improve your performance greatly on your first 2-3 holes, but only if you do it properly. Here's a few tips that you'll want to keep in mind:

 

  • It's been proven that a 10 minute warm-up is the perfect amount of time. Anything shorter is not as effective, and anything longer is no more effective.

  • Static stretching (like touching your toes and holding for 20 seconds) can actually over-extend your muscles and cause them to work improperly on your first few holes. Instead work on a dynamic stretching routine like the one shown in this book.

  • Swinging with a weighted club can actually slow your swing speed down and cause you to lose distance. Instead warm up with your regular clubs, and work on strengthening your muscles in the gym through a golf specific work-out.

Hopefully these tips help steer you all in the right direction and help get you prepared to make some birdies on your first few holes!


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hi james

i was just wondering about a 10min type of warm up yesterday.

 

i usually get to the course with maybe half an hour to go before tee-off time. i then have to go to the pro shop first, to pay up and this can easily take up 10mins. i then try to get a few putts in, and usually do some far-too-quick warm up swings on the 1st tee box. quite often it feels like i am only sufficiently warmed up 3/4 holes into the round.

 

can you give us some stretches\moves for the 10 minute warm up you mention?


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James i agree with you on static stretches. Sparnar, a good stretch is to rest an iron on top of your shoulders parallel to the ground. Hold the club with elbows pointing to the ground. Start by rotating on the spine standing straight from right to left, then gradually move toward your swing posture. Its my faveorite stretch. Then there is some basic pilaties moves you can do as well.

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[*]Static stretching (like touching your toes and holding for 20 seconds) can actually over-extend your muscles and cause them to work improperly on your first few holes.

 

James can you give us some examples of non-"static" stretches? Thanks!


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Swinging with a weighted club can actually slow your swing speed down and cause you to lose distance. Instead warm up with your regular clubs, and work on strengthening your muscles in the gym through a golf specific work-out

 

James,

 

This flies smack in the face of what a lot of people do by swinging two clubs at once. I'm curious what the reasoning is behind this? Also, what are your thoughts on the orange whip?

 

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Swinging with a weighted club can actually slow your swing speed down and cause you to lose distance. Instead warm up with your regular clubs, and work on strengthening your muscles in the gym through a golf specific work-out.

 

 

James,

 

This flies smack in the face of what a lot of people do by swinging two clubs at once. I'm curious what the reasoning is behind this? Also, what are your thoughts on the orange whip?

 

thanks

 

X2 on that question as well. I swing a donut before the round too.


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James i agree with you on static stretches. Sparnar, a good stretch is to rest an iron on top of your shoulders parallel to the ground. Hold the club with elbows pointing to the ground. Start by rotating on the spine standing straight from right to left, then gradually move toward your swing posture. Its my faveorite stretch. Then there is some basic pilaties moves you can do as well.

thanks, aussiespud! i'll give it a try.


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Hey guys!

 

Klller questions I'm so glad that this thread finally got some action. Regarding why warming up with a weighted club is a bad idea - watch this video for some killer insight. (The golf stuff starts around 4:30)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_vR8U_KrhY&feature=player_embedded#!

 

 

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Hey guys!

 

Klller questions I'm so glad that this thread finally got some action. Regarding why warming up with a weighted club is a bad idea - watch this video for some killer insight. (The golf stuff starts around 4:30)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_vR8U_KrhY&feature=player_embedded#!

 

 

I'll be back later with more!! wink.gif

 

Thanks James! Very interesting video. I'll have to go out without the orange whip to try it out (maybe replace the tempo part of it with tour tempo).

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Thanks wdgolf,

 

As I have had to deal with recurring lower back pain while golfing lately, I found your stretch examples very interesting and plan on using them tomorrow just before I play. At 61, this is going to be a regular pre-golf routine.

 

 

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Klller questions I'm so glad that this thread finally got some action. Regarding why warming up with a weighted club is a bad idea - watch this video for some killer insight. (The golf stuff starts around 4:30)

Great video......thanks!!!

 

What pre-round stretches are the best (especially for the back & shoulders)?


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