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Does anyone do a specific golf stretching routine? I am looking for something to increase my hip turn and be able to get my arm under my chin more. I feel I can get my shoulders to 90 degrees buy would like to get my arm back further with more comfort. I did some research but couldn't really find anything without someone wanting to sell me something. Thanks.

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You can do Yoga, there are some good DVD's out there.

One stretch i like is, sit on the ground with your back straight and your legs infront of you. Bend your right leg up, and cross it over your left leg. So your right foot should be near your left knee. Then turn your left shoulder towards that knee, and place your left arm on the outside of your right knee. Then brace againts the right leg stretching the back.

Another good one, stand straight up with your feet just slightly apart. Bend at the waist like your going to touch your toes. Extend your arms outward to the side, and then rotate so the right hand points towards the sky and the left hand point towards the ground. Then rotate the other direction so the left is towards the sky and the right is towards the ground. Do about 10 each side, do not stop and hold, just use the motion to stretch.

For me what also helps is doing weight lfiting, Just being active can help out a ton.

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Originally Posted by saevel25

You can do Yoga, there are some good DVD's out there.

One stretch i like is, sit on the ground with your back straight and your legs infront of you. Bend your right leg up, and cross it over your left leg. So your right foot should be near your left knee. Then turn your left shoulder towards that knee, and place your left arm on the outside of your right knee. Then brace againts the right leg stretching the back.

Another good one, stand straight up with your feet just slightly apart. Bend at the waist like your going to touch your toes. Extend your arms outward to the side, and then rotate so the right hand points towards the sky and the left hand point towards the ground. Then rotate the other direction so the left is towards the sky and the right is towards the ground. Do about 10 each side, do not stop and hold, just use the motion to stretch.

For me what also helps is doing weight lfiting, Just being active can help out a ton.



I lift weights 3 times a week and be sure to use proper form. I have tried yoga and not a big fan. I am looking for something to create more turn in my backswing without losing control of my swing. If I can get my left hand comfortably 6 inches more behind me in my backswing I feel I can gain power without losing accuracy or possibly gain some accuracy by making it easier to get the club to the inside.

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I've been doing golf stretch exercises by Roger Frederick's at http://www.revolutiongolf.com/ It really helped me a lot. I'm 59 and in pretty good shape but I noticed that I wasn't progressing with my swing several months ago. I still have a ways to go but my swing and posture have improved very much. I'm able to get my right hip around better which really makes more difference that your shoulder has far as consistant strikes and hitting down on the ball goes. My strikes are ball-then-turf with the divot where it's supposed to be. Everything is starting to fall into place and I don't think that would have ever happened without stretching. I recommend you try it out for free and see if it works for you. I purchased that and Paul Wilsons series on golf swing instruction and it's been very good for me this last 7 months.

-Mike

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The Roger Fredrerick's stretches are amazing. I have added a few stretches/exercises that pick up from the Golf Fitness show on Golf Channel.

Lay flat on your back with your legs at a 90 degree angle supported by a chair, ottoman or exercise ball. Take a basketball and squeeze it between your leg 20 to 3 times, two sets. Take a resistance band, in the same position, wrap it around the outside of your legs. Push both legs out against the band.

Your hips will thank you.

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Your hip turn is going to be related to two specific things: internal rotation and external rotation of your hips.

It would be in your best interests to perform each stretch on each leg.

#1: Lie on your back, and with your hands, pull a knee to the opposite shoulder. For example, if your right knee is toward your left shoulder, also take your right hand and grab your right ankle and pull it to the right to intensify the stretch. For best effect, hold upwards of 30 seconds. Perform to the other side.

#2: Lie on your back, with right knee bent. Place your left ankle on your right quad/knee. Grab behind your right thigh and pull to your chest. Repeat to other side.

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Get a yoga ball and do rotational exercises with it.Mens health mag had a great article in it about 6 months ago about this.IT was for golf rotation exercises.I do them regular and it is great.

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I do a routine at the gym.  It has a cage with diagrams.  I just follow it.

The goal of flexability is to be able to turn your shoulders more up and down.  The front should turns down under the chin.  If you can do that and maintain your inclination to the ground you will have more consistancy.  This isn't a S&T; thing, just a good ball striker thing.

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