Shoulder Golf Stretches for Fluid Power and Consistency : Golf Instructional
May21

Shoulder Golf Stretches for Fluid Power and Consistency : Golf Instructional

Shoulder flexibility for golf is an essential aspect of a fluid golf swing. The shoulder joint itself is a classic ball and socket joint. Similar to the hip but with a lot less stabilization.  This design allows the joint a lot of motion in all planes of movement but puts it at a greater risk of injury. Even as mobile as the shoulder joint is made to be, if not moved through its full range of motion on a regular basis, golfers over 50 will  begin to very quickly lose the motion needed for a consistent golf swing. So lets get technical for one sentence and define the motions that we want to target in the shoulder. The motions most commonly limited that restrict the golf swing include the motions of  ABDuction, horizontal ADDuction, and external rotation. Formal definitions out of the way, lets focus on why you might need to work on your shoulder motion. The Golf Backswing – Left Shoulder And Arm In regards to your left arm (assuming you are right handed…no offense to the south paws out there, we love you too), the left arm needs to reach across the body during the backswing. The upper half of your left arm should be touching your left chest muscle (called horizontal adduction).   Right Shoulder And Arm Your right shoulder needs to have good range in two different motions: abduction plus external rotation. Shoulder Abduction:   Shoulder External Rotation We find a lot of golfers over 50 without lacking the shoulder external rotation needed to get the golf swing on plane. This will cause your elbow to “fly out” or “chicken wing” in your backswing. As I have mentioned in previous articles, there are two different ways that you can and should stretch the shoulder. Use both stretches involving static holding and stretches that are more dynamic, with shorter hold times. Dynamic Golf StretchesDynamic stretches address both muscle/tendon length and the mobility of the shoulder joint itself. Generally, you don’t want to hold a specific position for more than 5 seconds with dynamic stretching. Below is a great dynamic stretch to improve shoulder mobility for a fuller, more fluid backswing. 1. Alternating Arm Cross golf Stretch Begin with arms in front of you. Reach across your body with one arm and use the other arm to increase the stretch while rotating your head the opposite direction. Hold for 3 seconds and repeat to the opposite side. Do 10+ repetitions.   2. Wall Angels Golf Stretch Wall angels address both shoulder abduction and external rotation. This is a great stretch for the shoulders and is also great...

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