By mustang6560 on 11/30/11
With the end of the 2011 golf season in sight, it's time to start reflecting on your accomplishments and your failures so you can be a better player in 2012. Over the next couple weeks, I'm going to run a series of end of the year columns to encourage you to contemplate.
So I am thinking about doing yoga. Yea, yea, yoga is for women ... blah, blah, blah.
The reason I am seriously considering it is because I need to increase my flexibility - oh, and yoga pants are very flattering on women (I love you baby!). If you saw me trying to touch my toes from a distance you would think you're looking at a 90-year-old man who tried to bend over to tie his shoe and threw his back out in the process. Being more flexible in general is a good thing, but in the realm of golf it would help add distance off the tee (I could rotate around further) and help prevent injuries.
Regardless of whether or not I decide attend a yoga class or two, I want to increase my range of motion this off season. I googled "golf stretches" a few weeks back and found a few good ones, in particular on mayoclinic.com that I thought I would share with you. I am in no way certified to be a personal trainer, but I've added these 10 stretches to my daily regime and I'm starting to notice a difference on the golf course. So far, I am spending 15-30 minutes per day on average stretching.
Are you flexibly challenged? If so, have you considered yoga? If not, what kind of stretches do you do?
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I do the yoga in my P90X routine. it's awesome. I would recommend Yoga in any form to anyone.
Better be careful: www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harry-potter/8915691/Harry-Potter-and-yoga-are-evil-says-Catholic-Church-exorcist.html
Instead of yoga, have you considered taking some martial arts classes?
Instead of yoga, have you considered taking some classes at Curves?
@Banker85- I expected nothing less from you :)
Mjaber - also a great idea. I do both. Taekwondo is my art of choice. Helps with the balance and the mental game.
SD Charlie says:
Haha - Curves! Zing!
I'm actually seriously considering adding regularly schedule yoga to my workouts. My buddy is / was a personal trainer, and one of the things that males have to stay on top of is flexibility. Especially since most of us (I imagine) sit at a computer all day. I wouldn't worry about the trash talk (only for women, blah blah). That'll all even out when you're out-hitting all your partners. I am in awe and jealous of Rory McIlroy in particular, because of how much his body rotates all the way to his follow-through. Amazing.
I have been using Yoga in some shape or form for years. I have had back problems since the early nineties and have even had a consult for spinal fusion. i have problems from my neck to my A$$ and i manage the pain with a good stretching program based on Yoga. I can say without a doubt that i am more flexible now than i ever was as a High School athlete and i can bend myself into some positions that a 54 year old man should not be able to. 30-40 minutes a day is all it takes while i'm watching TV
My girlfriend's a yoga chick; she's always saying to me "You know, it'll probably be good for your golf swing". I believe it and all but right now my only concern is what's going on with the clubface. I did learn a couple moves from her though, the downward dog and child's pose.
3 times a week every week. Started 1-1/2 years ago. Back is better, 1/2" taller. Still suck at golf...
I'm too afraid I'd accidentally fart trying to pull off the happy baby pose.
but there are some places out there that have golf specific yoga if you can find it. I know for a fact there is one in DFW.
I do a brief version of what I think is called "sun follower/triangle pose" in pre round stretch. Been to a few yoga sessions and seems like a good idea.
yoga is great, i also do the P90x yoga and its amazing how much more flexible I am and how much less back pain I have now (it's bad to have back pain at 28, but I play a lot of golf and swing hard and it wears it out)
If you're single, I highly recommend Yoga. If you're married, I also highly recommend it. Can do wonders for the eyes.
Yoga is awesome! It's really helped straighten out some lower back problems I had, and I only had to stretch a few times a day for 2-3months (no surgery thank you). I think I'm more flexible than I was at a younger age too. My posture is much better for sure.
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