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A simple exercise plan to help your round

After winning his first Green Jacket in 1961 it was quoted that Gary Player would never last as his exercise regime would ruin his golfing career.Nearly fifty years on it could be said that quote was slightly in error. Admittedly Player was, and still is, a fitness fanatic. Not everyone has his zeal and time to commit to such indoctrination.
However it seems that golfers need to be educated about the benefits of exercise and warm-ups.

A recent survey of more than 1000 golfers confirmed that golfers primarily do not warm up.A surprising 70% stated they rarely warmed up, less unexpected was that a meagre 3.8% confessed to exercising before each round.
 
Now before you hook out the sweat pants and dust off the barbells let`s take some time to think about this:
The Arnold we want to simulate is Palmer not Schwarzenegger.So relax, sit back and let`s think of the most practical and accessible means of golf exercises at hand.

Some advocate exercising at home before you leave for your round.That is fine if you are a short journey from the golf course, however a sixty minute drive can undo all that good work. A hearty breakfast providing the necessary nutrients is all that is required at home, far more important is good time management to allow you to get to the course with time in hand to implement your golf exercises.


Upon arrival your first course of action should be a thorough stretch.With no restrictions there is little excuse in not performing these simple exercises.

  Interlock your fingers with palms facing outwards, then stretch your arms forward allowing for the natural flexibility to release tension in your muscles.Slowly raise your arms above your head (or as far as possible) before relaxing back into the natural position. Repeat this five or six times.

 
The odd windmill to loosen up the shoulders would not go amiss at this point. Try some gentle lunges to loosen up those leg muscles.Stand with right foot forward, left foot back about 3 feet apart.Gently bend the knees to lower the body towards the floor, don`t worry if you are only capable of a short lunge, the exercise will sufficiently warm those muscles.Repeat the process five times on alternate legs.

  Place your hands on your hips and perform a few turns.Twist as far as your body will allow, loosening up those vital rotational muscles. Then, if available, head to the range.The object here is to simply loosen up, hit a few drives, a few long irons. Let the body warm up, do not go overboard. Alternatively if there isn`t a range or you cannot be accommodated find a safe spot to loosen up with a few practice drives. Always make sure you have suitable refreshment available during your round.There are a variety of sports drinks now that can replenish vital energies. 

So now you are fully warmed up, and heading vigorously to the first tee anticipating the round of your life. Most of us find exercising a chore at times.But with perseverance and a little dedication a few simple exertions will improve your fitness, your flexibility and ultimately your game.