By now, we all know that exercise is important for everyone. But it’s not easy for some to do. Fortunately, there are fun ways where you can get your body to move, and golf is one way to do that. Being in the field and getting fresh air with the company of your friends doesn’t exactly look like exercise, but if you replace the golf carts with walking and carrying your clubs, it could help you get strong bones and muscle.
While golf is one of the sports that doesn’t require brutal strength, you can still get injured like with the rest of the sports out there. Did you know that back pain and tendinitis in the wrists are the most common golf injuries? It is said that more than 60% of serious golfers play with back pains. But how can we prevent these injuries and become better golfers?
Here are some golfer-tested ways to make sure they’re always in the best form to play:
1. Practice flexibility exercises.
Doing yoga can help with your flexibility issues, the tip is to start slowly and with the right lessons. You don’t have to push yourself on the first day, but you have to be consistent to warm up your muscles and ease into every session. However, if you find it a bit difficult, you can start with simple stretches, such as twisting stretch, hip press, and standing side stretch. These are the stretches that you just don’t do pre-game, but daily and mindfully.
2. Maximize forearm, wrist, and hand strength.
Just like the first tip, you have to make sure to put in the work. You can look up various exercises for this, but best to start with this simple trick: Flex and extend all fingers while making a complete fist for 30 seconds. Next, open and close your fingers do 2 sets of each for a total of a minute. Then you can follow it up with seated wrist hammer curls, seated wrist straight curls, and finger curls.
3. Using hot and cold packs.
You probably know this already. But why is alternating the two important? Heat therapy will usually ease the muscle stiffness after the inflammation resolves. But heat and ice can be used together in an alternating pattern to create a “pumping” action in the circulatory system by restricting circulation to reduce swelling and then increasing circulation to a particular area.
4. Lastly, regular self-massage helps.
There are actually a lot of videos of self-massage for the golfer’s elbow. Trying these self-massage techniques is helpful if you’re suffering from a golfer’s elbow injury. But for health improvement, and pain and tension relief, self-massage should be a habit. And if you’re still on the lookout for tools to get started, our massage balls can be of help. Bring your kit everywhere, and massage yourself whenever and wherever.
Hopefully, these tips will help you enjoy golf better, and improve your playing experience. Just a reminder, that you have to put in the work. Consistency is key for the desired improvement. Comment down below if you have any tips to share too!
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