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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Mayo Clinic on Golf Stretches

Here's an interesting take on golf stretching routines. It's a slideshow of golf stretches posted at the Mayo Clinic site.

Shoulder turn stretch

Here's the blurb from the first slide, which is what caught my attention. I've put the interesting fact in boldface:
Golf stretches can help prepare you for a day on the course. These golf stretches may help promote a fluid, full golf swing, which can improve your performance.

Before you start your golf stretches, you may want to warm up with five to 10 minutes of light activity, such as walking around the practice tee. If you have time, complete the full series of golf stretches outlined here. Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds. Studies have found performing an individual stretch one time is beneficial, and repeating an individual stretch generally isn't necessary. Do one set of golf stretches every day and another set before and after each round of golf.

Remember: Keep stretching gentle. Don't bounce. If you feel pain, you've stretched too far.
I'm sure this idea that you only need to do a given stretch ONCE is part of many programs, but I don't ever remember seeing that fact actually stated in so many words. It's something that may make a stretching routine -- which we all know can be very boring at times -- much easier to stick with during the new year.

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