These are 3 important golf stretches, according to an expert

You can do these expert-approved stretches before, during or after your round.

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I’m not a very flexible, which is probably because I don’t stretch very often. It’s a bad habit that I’m trying to get out of, because with distance off the tee an increasingly prized asset, I can’t simply let me swing (and drives) get shorter and shorter. I have a long career to protect!

Which is why an email I received recently caught my eye: It’s from the team over at Stretch Zone, a company that has studios across the U.S. specializing in “practitioner-assisted” stretching. There are all sorts of health benefits to stretching, especially in golf, where good flexibility can help you hit the ball longer while preventing potential injuries.

Problem is, a lot of golfers want to be more flexible but aren’t really sure where to start. Enter the founder of Stretch Zone and the company’s Chief Stretch Officer(!), Jorden Gold, who suggests golfers pay attention to three key stretches that you can do before, during or after your round — really anytime you need to limber-up.

1. Bent Arm Upper Back and Shoulder Stretch

Stretch your right arm across your chest, bend it at a 90 degree angle, and pull it towards you. Hold the pressure for a few seconds, and repeat with the other arm. This will help loosen your back, arms and shoulders.

2. Bent Arm Upper Back and Shoulder Stretch

Take your golf stance then stand up straight. Raise your arms above your head and then bend from your side towards your leg, making sure to stay upright and not tilt forward. Repeat from other side. This will stretch your obliques, which will help you get that all-important golf swing side bend.

3. Lying Knee Roll-Over Lower Back Stretch

You’ll need to get on the floor for this one: Lie down, then bring your knees to your chest. Lay your arms out to your side and rock your knees back and forth, as far down as you can. This will loosen your lower back, and make it easier to twist in your golf swing.

Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Director of Game Improvement Content at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees all the brand’s service journalism spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.