Three things Weekend Warriors can do to hit it longer and play stronger
Nov 7, 2014, 2:00 PM
Golf seems pretty harmless, right? Try telling that to sports megastar Tiger Woods. He spent most of the 2013-14 season recovering from back surgery. Woods played seven events in 2014, completing four rounds just twice. Most back injuries can be treated with medication and rest.
According to Physician, Martin Benoit, MD, of the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics, golfers commonly sustain back injuries and should, as with other athletes, warm up before starting to play.
“This includes a period of stretching to allow muscles to heat-up and become more flexible.” says Dr. Benoit.
The most widely used stretch by both Weekend Warriors and Pro Golfers is simply pulling a knee up towards the chest to stretch out back muscles. Taking a few minutes to warm up increases flexibility and helps promote a fluid, full golf swing. In fact, golf legend, Greg Norman includes this and a few more stretches in his fitness routine.