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November 29 2012

11:16 AM

Fitness: Hamstring flexibility

By Sean Cochran, Special to PGATOUR.COM

The execution of a proficient golf swing can be directly affected by “tight” hamstrings. Not only is this situation detrimental to one’s golf swing, tightness of the hamstrings can be a very uncomfortable situation if walking is part of your game, and can also result in lower back issues.

The hamstrings located on the back side of the upper leg connect directly to the pelvis and affect the positioning of the hips. If the hamstrings are tight or taught a downward pulling on the hips occurs. This downward pulling draws the pelvis into retroversion or a backwards tilting.

The backwards tilting of the pelvis commonly referred to anterior tilt results in a number of situations adversely affecting the golf swing. First and foremost excessive anterior tilt results in the development of an S Posture in the address position.

The S posture is characterized by an excessive arch in the lower back. This undue curvature puts high amounts of stress on the musculature of the lower back, deactivates the core, limits the functioning of the glutes, and is a precursor to a loss of posture or reverse spine angle in the backswing. All of which are very detrimental to the execution of a proficient swing.

As we can see from this example hamstring tightness is very detrimental to the golf swing and physical health of the body in general. Knowing this information the next question to ask is how can we create extensibility in the hamstrings?

The answer is two-fold as it pertains to the exercise modalities required to lengthen tight hamstrings. The first step in eradicating hamstring tightness is creating pliability. The process by which this is achieved is via self-myofascial release techniques. The most common tool utilized for this is the foam roller which over time will reduce the tension within the hamstrings.

The second step of improving hamstring extensibility is the implementation of flexibility exercise to lengthen the muscles. Static stretching is an ideal training technique to create extensibility in the hamstrings once the tension is removed via foam rolling.

Golf Fitness Hamstring Flexibility Exercises

As this video instructs, foam rolling followed by static stretching is an ideal combination of exercises to remove hamstring tightness affecting your golf swing.

To learn more about Sean Cochran and his golf fitness training exercises and golf fitness programs go to http://www.seancochran.com

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