By Sarah Galante
DHAC Group Fitness Director
Par 3, eagles, bogies, back nine, chipping, dog leg and plaid pants. These are all the terms that have become part of my life recently as I have taken on the game of golf. I began lessons last summer due to my strange fascination with watching golf with my dad for the past five years. It was something about the body mechanics, the strategy and (not going to lie) the great clothes you see on the green that drew to me to learn a new sport.
After taking my first lesson I found I had the coordination, for the most part, and the strength that it took to swing the club.The one thing I lacked, however was the flexibility. For all of you that play golf, do you have the same problem?
Flexibility is the measurement of the range of motion on your joints and ligaments. When you are swinging a golf club to gain maximum speed, power and accuracy you need to have lots of flexibility in your chest, shoulders, back, torso, and hips. The easier you can get your body around, the better your swing will be. Of course there are manyother factors that help with your swing, so golf pro’s please don’t harp on me…I’m new to this!
Our newest program here at DHAC, TRX Team, helps with this very thing. We incorporate exercises called the “Golf Rotation,” as well as other total body strength movements that take you through full range with each exercise. Since I began TRX Team training, it has helped me open my shoulders more. In turn, I can swing through the ball with better rhythm.
I also recommend taking our some of our amazing yoga classes to allow your back, torso and hips to move more freely.
Don’t forget you can always stop in and ask me personally for some help with every day stretches you can work into you routine. When you shave some strokes off of your game, you can thank me with a sleeve of golf balls!