FOR THE GOLF PLAYER
Some people think golf is a leisurely activity, but it offers a great all-around body workout. A golf swing works muscles in the upper and lower body. Golfers should know the primary muscle groups engaged when playing golf and, most importantly, which muscles are used to create the perfect swing. Those muscles are the obliques (external ab muscles), the glutes, the chest muscles, and the muscles that extend from underneath the armpit.
Because golfers swing with one side of the body, their muscles can develop unevenly. During the less than four seconds that it takes to swing, the body draws from lateral, vertical, and rotational power sources. Developing strength and length evenly will help counterbalance what happens on the course. The golf swing requires stability and flexibility of the hips and thoracic spine.
Golf also involves a great deal of physical skill and practice, but unless the mind is calm and focused, one won't be at the top of his game.
A regular yoga practice can help address all these issues. The emphasis on yogic breathing and the mind-body connection in yoga is essential in helping one develop mental acuity, patience, and concentration. Learning to be present in each moment on the course will result in a more fluid, enjoyable game.
Testimonial from one of Palmetto Yoga's private students:
"I'm an avid golfer, playing every week and currently carrying a three handicap. I came to yoga as a way to spend more time with my wife and to see if it might help build my flexibility for golf. Since we started, my golf swing seems more stable, and I feel more 'in tune' with my swing. My swing just feels more solid. That more controllable swing has led to better quality contact and additional yardage off the tee. I chalk a lot of this up to the strengthening of my core that's coming through yoga. – Jeff N.
Yoga For Golfers Series - 6 Weeks (Once a week)
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