If you have been playing and practicing a lot lately, then your shoulder, abdominal, and low back muscles may be tight. This abdominal stretch will open up your back and stretch your abdominals to counteract the hunched over position from swinging a golf club.
Here’s how to do it:
- Sit on a ball and slowly roll down to drop your head off the ball and extend your arms and legs so that your back in arched over the ball.
- Balance yourself as you stretch your abdominal and low back muscles.
- Hold stretch for 8 to 10 counts. Do 8 to 10 repetitions. Stop immediately if you feel dizzy.
If you do not feel comfortable doing this stretch on a ball, simply lie on the ground and stretch your arms over your head and extend your legs out straight.
Karen Palacios-Jansen is a LPGA Class A Teaching Professional and a Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Golf Fitness. Karen serves as the National Vice President of the LPGA Teaching And Club Professionals Membership and has been voted as one of America’s “Top 50 Female Instructors” by Golf Digest magazine for 15 years and received the prestigious LPGA National Teacher of the Year award in 2008.
Karen Palacios-Jansen is the creator of Cardiogolf, a golf fitness program available at Cardiogolf.com. Karen’s website at www.kpjgolf.com is a ‘must-see’ resource for golf and fitness instruction. We also recommend following Karen online on Twitter and Facebook.