When it comes to the golf swing, we need flexible and mobile hips. You may notice if your hip area is tight, your low-back is tight, because everything is connected. If one area of your body is injured, you compensate elsewhere.
Let’s combat this with these 4 stretches. Your hips will become more mobile and flexible.
Side to Side Stretch
- Have your feet wider than shoulder width
- Hands on your hips, lean to one side and hold, you may bend at the waist
- Feel a stretch in your inner thighs
- Switch to the other side.
- You can also put your hands on the ground and move side to side
Pigeon Stretch (from yoga)
- Bend front leg in and straighten other leg behind you
- Keep hips square to the front
- Some of you may feel a stretch in your legs and hips
- For more of a stretch, bend over your front leg.
- You can reach your arms as far in front of you as you like.
- Allow your body to sink into this stretch. Enjoy this stretch.
- Repeat on both sides
Hamstring Stretch (with magic ring)
- Stretching out the hamstrings many times will release low-back tension or pain.
- For more of a stretch, use a magic ring, towel, or band to allow you to extend your leg even more (straighten your leg better).
- Place one foot flat on the ground, extend other leg up and hold.
- For more of an inner thigh stretch, bring your leg over to the side and hold.
- Keep hips square and make sure you breathe.
Hip Flexors/Psoas Stretch/Quad Stretch
- Foot on ground, knee at 90. Kneel on 1 knee
- Keep knees between ankles and toes
- Slight lean forward (again keep knees between ankle and toes). Arms up. Look up. Feel a stretch in front of leg and throughout front of body.
- More quad stretch…grab foot behind you and pull up.
- Raise opposite arm up. Feel a stretch in quadricep.