Yoga stretches can help your golf swing

Photograph Jamie Forbes 26.3.14 CLYDEBANK World of Golf - pictures for David Pirie's golf column.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 26.3.14 CLYDEBANK World of Golf - pictures for David Pirie's golf column.

Do you jump out of the car straight onto the golf course without even a stretch, and then expect to play good golf?

Warming up for any sport should be active and dynamic so that the body builds core heat which helps to warm the muscles, and the connective tissue.

Photograph Jamie Forbes 26.3.14 CLYDEBANK World of Golf - pictures for David Pirie's golf column.

Photograph Jamie Forbes 26.3.14 CLYDEBANK World of Golf - pictures for David Pirie's golf column.

My guest yoga teacher Lindsay Mclean has returned by popular demand, to show you several exercises to prepare you for better, more enjoyable golf.

This week we are starting with the classic club above the head drill. Look at picture one and you will clearly see Lindsay is standing with her feet roughly shoulder width apart. From here she will hold the club securely at both ends, then raise her arms above her head. With her hands wide she will slowly begin to draw her arms back until she begins to feel tension across the front of her chest.

At this point Lindsay will focus on drawing her shoulder blades gently together, and pull her abs in to create a tall spine.

Holding this position for three/four full breaths she will then lower her arms/club and start all over again. If you are able, try to press your feet down into the ground, as this will help to give you more stretch through the body.

Now the final move is to try and come up onto your toes, and retain your balance, before you relax back down. Remembering to keep breathing normally all the time!

This is a very good exercise to try before your round of golf if it is raining (highly likely) then perform it in the locker room, before heading for the first tee.

Sometimes players are slightly self conscious about doing these exercises near the opening tee, and in full view of the club house windows as they are often not too sure just how to do them.

What then happens is they usually require six/seven holes to get going, but by then their score card will probably be in the nearest bin and the old adage springs to mind, “if you fail to prepare, then you prepare to fail”.

So if any of this sounds like you, try to make this season different by at least attempting to stretch, or warm up, before heading out onto that nerve wracking first tee. Good luck as always. Next week: Side bends

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