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I've found what I believe to be the absolute best exercise program for golf. Several months ago I started doing yoga. I've found that yoga stretches and strengthens every muscle in the body. I've never found any other exercise program that provides such a great improvement in balance, stability, flexibility, and strength. If you think some of those poses where you balance on one leg look easy, just try it sometime. I'm not talking about doing meditation or chants. Just pure exercise that makes you sweat.

 

And if you want to know why I'm giving yoga such high praise, this is what yoga has done for me recently. I'm 65 years old, with a handicap index of 3.6, and about a month ago I shot 68. I've shot scores lower than 68 in my younger years, but I can honestly say that it's been almost 20 years since I've shot as low as 68. I have no doubt that I couldn't have done this without the added strength and flexibility I've gained. I'll be disappointed if I don't shoot my age in the next year or two. I know yoga sounds like something that you probably don't want to try, but I can promise you'll get some surprising results if you make the effort and stick with it.

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+1 to the suggestion of yoga. What a lot of people miss it that there are many types of yoga, so you can find one that appeals to you. If you're feeling brave, try bikhram (sp?) yoga or "hot yoga". It's an hour+ session in a very hot and humid room. It can be torture, but you feel pretty amazing when you're done.

 

I'll also add that I have a student who's probably...mid 60's...and he's a yoga practitioner. He has more flexibility than just about anyone else I teach (juniors excluded).


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Great suggestion! Something to keep in mind, however, is that most yoga instructors don't do any sort of evaluation before providing you with stretches / poses / exercises.

 

Everybody has their own unique physical limitations, and if the instructor does not understand these they will often have their students doing things that lead to injury.

 

As long as you are aware that yoga is not a "one size fits all" method I think it's fantastic, and the benefits can be huge when it is done properly.

 

PS - the same principal applies to golf lessons...wink.gif


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

 

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

 

 

 

I was hoping YOU could share. I really don't want to buy a book.


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Thanks Will!


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

 

X3 also , why do baseball players swing with a weight before their at-bat ??

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

 

 

I can tell you for a fact that it does not help to eat a donut before every round. You end up needing more stretching time.:D


 

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I can tell you for a fact that it does not help to eat a donut before every round. You end up needing more stretching time.:D

Then I'm screwed!!!!!

 

The video was actually pretty cool. The timing thing makes sense....kinda :blink:


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:titelist-small: TS2 Hybrid  Mitsubishi Tensei Shaft (Stiff Flex)
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 :callaway-small: PM Grind Wedges
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I've been doing the program that Roger Fredericks has on his website. Do the stretching program nightly and the pre-game warmup before any golf.

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