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3 Yoga poses you should do to improve your golf - I love #1!

3 Yoga poses you should do to improve your golf – I love #1!

3 Yoga poses you should do to improve your golf – I love #1!

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Golf is a whole lot easier if you have both strength and flexibility.  

Claire Petretti for Active.com gives you 3 good and effortless yoga moves that will accomplish both those goals.  Particularly, as you age, you start losing muscle tone, and you don’t hit the ball as far, so these 3 moves will help tremendously!

3 Yoga poses you should do to improve your golf - I love #1!

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose), variation

In golf, every detail matters. Having a slight advantage can make the difference between an enjoyable day on the course or a disappointing one. Golfers want to eliminate strokes and pain so they can continue playing the game they love for many years. Yoga can offer this advantage by increasing flexibility, range of motion in the joints, and honing mental concentration.

“When I started practicing yoga, my skill was terrible and so was my golf swing,” said Joe Hafera of the Titleist Performance Institute.

“As my dedication to yoga increased, it became easier to swing the way I wanted to on the golf course. My lower back pain decreased, and my balance increased as my poses improved. I also felt the mental calmness from my yoga practice transfer to my temperament on the course. The breathing and focus of yoga had a place in my golf game.”

Like Hafera, many golfers complain of lower back pain from repeated spinal rotation from swinging the golf club during a game. Increasing flexibility in the spinal rotators is key to preventing injuries. One of yoga’s major benefits is improving core strength. Stronger trunk muscles result in more spinal support and less strain on the lower back.

Golf involves a great deal of physical skill and practice, but unless the mind is calm and focused, one won’t be at the top of his game.

3 Yoga poses you should do to improve your golf – I love #1!

The emphasis on yogic breathing and the mind-body connection in yoga is essential in helping athletes develop mental acuity, patience and
concentration.

Learning to be present in each moment on the course will result in a more fluid, enjoyable game. Swing with one side of the body, their muscles can develop unevenly. During the less than four seconds that it takes to swing, the body draws from lateral, vertical, and rotational power sources. Developing strength and length evenly will help counterbalance what happens on the course. The golf swing requires stability and flexibility of the hips and thoracic spine. A regular yoga practice can help address these issues.

1. Revolved Crescent Lunge

3 Yoga poses you should do to improve your golf - I love #1!

 Revolved Crescent Lunge

This pose is a rotation of the spine combined with an intense hip flexor stretch on the straight leg and a deep stretch of the bent leg’s outer hip.

Stand in Mountain pose with your feet together. Lunge your right foot forward and make sure that your right knee is directly over your right ankle so that your right shin is perpendicular to the ground. Balancing on the ball of the left foot, press the left leg straight. Draw your hands together at your heart, twist from the waist, and hook the left triceps on the outside of your right thigh, rotating to gaze up over your right shoulder. Make sure to keep your spine long and chest lifted off of our thigh. Keep pressing the palms together. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

To see the rest of these great yoga poses, go here.

Source : Claire Petretti  active.com

Pictures : Claire Petretti

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