Flexibility for golf: Try this killer stretch to get more turn
Give your driving distance a boost using this two-for-one exercise from New York-based trainer Kurt Ellis. This full-body move works both the adductor (hip) muscles and thoracic spine to help you create a stable center and rotate more effectively. Translation: longer drives.
The first part of Ellis’ stretch improves flexibility in your adductors, which help you stay balanced and drive harder through the ball. The second part increases your T-spine mobility and rotational range, helping you make a better turn. So grab a yoga mat and follow along with the video!
Ellis’ stretch starts in a half-kneeling position over the left leg, with the right leg extended to the side. Place your hands on the floor in front of you, your shoulders over your wrists. In a rocking motion, slowly move your butt back to your left heel, hold for two seconds, then return to the starting position. Focus on your breathing throughout the stretch and try to push your hips back on the exhale.
Next, incorporate the T-spine reach. From the starting position, extend your right arm toward the ceiling, opening up your chest as much as you can. From there, reach under your left arm with your right hand, rotating your torso as far as you can. Hold this for a few seconds, then bring your right hand back to the top and repeat. Ellis recommends performing this stretch for a minute or so on each side.
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