Increase Flexibility with the Bretzel Stretch

The golf swing requires flexibility in a number of body areas at different times in the golf swing. The Bretzel stretch allows for multiple body parts to stretch simultaneously including the hip flexors, quadriceps, hips, and shoulders. This is a unique and advanced stretch that is able to stretch an entire rotational movement instead of a single muscle or muscle group as traditional stretching.

Begin this stretch by lying on your left side with your head supported by a pillow. Reach back and grab the ankle of your left leg with your right hand. Then, hold under your knee of the right leg with your left hand. This starting position can be seen below.

Once in position, roll your right shoulder blade to the floor while letting your head relax with the movement. Exhale into the stretch and return to your starting position.

Repeat for 10 repetitions then flip to the other side.

This stretch is a great tool for self-diagnosis of areas that are particularly tight or restricted. A general rule of thumb is if the front of your right hip is tighter than the left, some additional stretching may be required on the right hip. This rule can be applied to any body part that is tight in this stretch. This awareness should remind you of the areas that need more attention in your daily routine for a better golf swing.

If you try these exercises and you find them to be too challenging or uncomfortable, do not continue, until you have consulted with your physician.  All exercises for golf should be customized to your needs after a proper evaluation.

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