Static stretching for amateur golfers and the importance of hamstring muscles
Are you an amateur golfer?
If so, have you ever taken the time to stretch your body in order to prepare it for a game of golf?
Many people don’t realize that stretching is a critical component of good golf form, particularly when it comes to strengthening and maintaining healthy hamstring muscles.
Even if you’re not an avid player, having strong hamstrings will go a long way in improving your overall athletic performance.
The hamstrings are tendons (strong bands of tissue) at the back of the thighs that attach the large thigh muscle to the bone.
The term ‘hamstring‘ also refers to the group of 3 muscles that run along the back of your thigh, from your hip to just below your knee.
Tight hamstring muscles can have a big impact on whether you can get the most out of your golf swing.
Muscle tightness is one of the biggest body issues for older golfers and those that are less subtle due to the modern lifestyles, sitting at desks or driving long hours for example.
The main benefit of stretching your hamstrings is that it helps increase flexibility in the lower body.
This makes it easier to execute proper golf form and helps improve balance while swinging a club or teeing off.
Additionally, stretching can also help reduce pain associated with tight leg muscles which may arise during extended game play.
Regular static stretching has been found to help increase joint range of motion as well as decreasing stiffness in the body overall.
To make sure that you’re getting maximum benefits from any static stretches its important to perform each exercise slowly and carefully taking note how each pose feels in relation to your specific level of flexibility at any given moment in time – this will allow individualised adjustments as needed for optimal performance gains over time!