Did you know that your risk of injury doubles if you are not warming up before your game of golf? Although many consider golf to be a game of leisure, it asks the body to create a massive range of motion that may not be done normally. That’s why dynamic warmups are so important! Not only will you feel better during your game, but you also won’t have to suffer the consequences of sore muscles afterward.
Before You Get To The Range
Getting to the course early to begin your warmup will help you feel like you are not rushing through your exercises. Like with every warm-up, make sure you’re not exerting a great deal of energy too quickly. Additionally, do not start your warmup more than 15-20 minutes before your tee time, as to avoid injuries.
1. Take a Walk.
Simply walking around the course will get your heart rate up and allow you to start your warmup safely. It also prepares your legs for walking throughout the course.
2. Stretch Your Arms
Loosen up the muscles in your arms by swinging them over your head and from side to side. You can also try holding a golf club and swinging your shoulders forwards and backward, creating large circles that will help to warm up your shoulders and arms.
3. Rotate Your Torso
Mimic the swinging and rotating motions in a slower, gentler way until you feel warmed up. You can do this by placing the golf club across your back and while keeping your arms hooked around the club, rotate your torso each way until you feel ready to move on.
4. Do Squats And Lunges
Perform a few squats and lunges until your body feels stable and ready to move on. These exercises will increase your heart rate and your blood flow to your muscles. As there is a connection between the hips and low back injuries, it is even more important to do the warm-ups with proper form.
At The Range
Work up to full swings by starting with partial swings and half swings. Remember to use your lighter clubs at the beginning of the warm-up and gradually work your way into heavier clubs. Just remember to limit yourself to about 30-40 golf balls during your warm-up to avoid over-exerting yourself.
Enjoy The Game!
Golf is a great way to get moving and stay active! As you’re playing, remember that it’s just as important to focus on your posture and form to avoid injuries as it is to improve your score! If you notice that you have any pain during your golf game, schedule an appointment with Performance Physical Therapy, where a physical therapist can show you how to move your body in an efficient and safe way.