National Golf Day tees off on May 1. According to PGA.com, it's "a day where a coalition of golf's leading organizations heads to Washington, D.C., to educate our country's lawmakers about the game's significant impact."
Having the perfect swing is what every player strives for. Here are 3 ways to help you achieve it.
Strengthen Your Core First
Seasoned golfers know that power comes from your body, not your arms. From developing the muscles in your glutes with the elevated glute bridge to improving your rotational strength and control with the stability ball dumbbell twist, we like these 4 simple core exercises from STACK that will help build a solid foundation for increasing your driving distance.
Flexibility Is Key
After you've managed to build up your strength, it's flexibility that prevents injury. Any although may be fit now, over time, we eventually lose some of our flexibility and range of motion as a result of injury or aging. The back, hamstrings, shoulders and neck are target areas for injury if a golfer becomes inflexible and attempts to swing at full-force. Being flexible in these areas can not only reduce injury, but also increase balance, help golfers swing faster, and increase driving distance. The best way to increase flexibility is to stretch thoroughly before and after playing. Verywell Fit recommends 7 stretching and flexibility exercises that are aimed at improving flexibility in these targeted areas.
Be Aware Of Self-Care
You can purchase top-of-the-line clubs to decrease your handicap, but the truth is, if you're dealing with finger, hand and/or arm pains that don't allow you to properly grip those clubs, what's the point? Despite having strength and flexibility, aches and pains can still happen.
The Gelliflex® Abacus® helps relieve pain to get you back on the golf course.
The Gelliflex Abacus is a gel-ball trigger point and self-massage device utilizing balls of different firmness and customizable with a variety of positions - creating literally 1000’s of restorative combinations. Elbow compression, wrist rolling, and forearm compression are just a few of the many movements you can practice on the Abacus for relief of common golf-related aches and pains like golfer's elbow and tendonitis.
Incorporating these golf-specific strength and flexibility tips combined with self-care techniques on the Abacus before and after you play should help pave your way to a stronger swing.