These easy tips may reduce your discomfort from tee to green — and unlock your body’s maximum potential for more distance!
We all have them.
Those little aches or twinges that always seem to show up at the most inopportune times.
At best, they can be a minor distraction that affects your swing every once in a while. At worst, they can leave you sitting on the couch watching golf instead of playing the game you love.
As much as we like to pretend they don’t exist, letting them go unaddressed often does more harm than good.
Below, you’ll find some helpful tips that may reduce your discomfort and free up your swing, without making any drastic changes to your schedule.
And make sure to stick around for the last one. In less than twenty minutes a day, our final tip may help improve your recovery, energy levels, performance on the golf course, and more.
- Make Warming up & Cooling Down a Habit
Typically, the lower back, shoulders, and elbows are what give golfers the most trouble. So, making sure these areas are nice and warmed up before a day on the course can make a big difference in your comfort level.
Stiff joints and muscles don’t like to move very much––especially not quickly.
Doing some static and dynamic stretching to loosen up your core, mid-back, shoulders, and arms is an excellent way to prepare your body for 18 holes on the links.
Static stretches can include:
● Hamstring stretch – Bend down to touch your toes and hold.
● Quad stretch – Pull your heel to your glute and hold, then switch legs.
● Tricep stretch – Reach both arms overhead and gently pull one of your elbows behind your head and hold, then switch arms.
● Upper body stretch – Interlace your fingers with your palms facing out and reach up over your head. You can lean from side to side to loosen up your back too.
● Lower back stretch – You can either stand or lay down for this one. With your core tight, simply pull one knee to your chest and hold, then switch legs.
● Butterfly or inner thigh stretch – While sitting down, put the soles of your feet together, gently press down on your knees with your elbows, and lean forward.
Dynamic stretches can include arm circles, hip swings (forward and back), and for a more golf-specific stretch, you can mimic your swing without a club.
Just make sure these movements are controlled. Forcing them or going too fast can defeat the purpose of using them as a warm up exercise.
These movements can prime your body for a day out on the links and lessen the stress on your back, shoulders, and arms.
Remembering to warm up may sound like a no-brainer, but since golf has such a laidback pace, many people forgo the warmup process and head straight for the tee.
And the same goes for cooling down.
At the end of your round, always take some time for another quick stretching session. You can also go for a short walk to get the blood flowing to all the muscles you just worked.
The greater access to nutrient and oxygen-rich blood your joints and muscles have, the quicker and easier they can recover.
- Work on Your Core
Your core is the stable foundation that the rest of your swing is built upon.
Comprised of your abdominal, lower back, and hip muscles, your core helps you maintain good posture and keeps you balanced and stable.
One study by the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that core strengthening exercises resulted in reduced pain levels for participants with lower back pain.1
And another from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research stated, “Core stability is achieved through stabilization of one’s torso, thus allowing optimal production, transfer, and control of force and motion…” 2
So, not only can strengthening your core take some of the stress off your lower back, but it can also help you maximize the power you put into your swing.
Not a bad deal, right?
If your back is giving you grief, consider adding some core strengthening exercises to your daily routine. Planks, hip thrusts, and yoga routines are all great places to start.
Of course, get the all-clear from your doctor first to make sure you’re making the right decision for your health.
- When in Doubt, Club Up
If you’re unsure which of your clubs to use for a certain distance, make it a general rule to go up instead of down.
Using a lower number club can put your body in an awkward position, forcing you to slouch over the ball more. It can also encourage over-swinging to make up for the reduced loft angle.
Your body is like a well-oiled machine. But when it’s put at a positional disadvantage, bad things can happen.
In these situations, it’s best to err on the safe side and give your body the room it needs to perform a safe and effortless swing.
So, when in doubt, club up!
Your body will thank you…
- Upgrade Your Recovery With BEMER
As a golfer, you probably follow a set recovery routine that helps you maintain your favorite hobby.
It might involve some form of stretching, icing, yoga, foam rolling, or even regular massages…
All of which are excellent ways to take care of your body and prepare for the next session.
But with daily BEMER use, you may see similar results as you would from those traditional recovery methods and much more––all in just two eight-minute sessions a day.
BEMER devices are powered by pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) technology, which sends a therapeutic signal through your body to your muscles.
This signal uses frequencies that amplify electrical activity in healthy muscle cells, increasing microcirculation by up to 30%.*
Microcirculation is another term for local blood flow, which in this case means your muscles will have access to far more oxygen and nutrients than normal.
With this surge in circulation, your muscles will have the resources they need to repair faster and handle lengthier, more intense bouts of exercise.*
That means faster recovery times, less discomfort, and a long list of performance-boosting benefits*:
● Improved physical fitness
● Increased muscular strength
● Enhanced muscle conditioning
● Increased energy and endurance
● Stress relief and relaxation
● Improved vitality and wellbeing
● Boost in sleep quality
BEMER can allow golfers like you to manage their discomfort, improve the power and strength of their swing, recover better at home, and most importantly: play more golf.*
By no means are we suggesting that you replace your recovery routine with BEMER.
But if you have an extra sixteen minutes in your day, recovering with BEMER PEMF therapy can be the ticket to elevating your performance from tee to green.
Learn more at the link below and find a distributor near you to get started.
1 Chang WD, Lin HY, Lai PT. Core strength training for patients with chronic low back pain. J Phys Ther Sci. 2015;27(3):619-622. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.619
2 Okada, Tomoko; Huxel, Kellie C; Nesser, Thomas W Relationship Between Core Stability, Functional Movement, and Performance, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: January 2011 – Volume 25 – Issue 1 – p 252-261 doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181b22b3e
* BEMER does not provide any medical advice or services. This device is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It should not be used for any purpose other than as described in the user manual. Please consult your own healthcare provider prior to starting any new exercise program or if you have any medical issues.