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unior Golf: Stretching In Cold Weather

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will explore 1 of the most neglected and overlooked aspects of sports, including junior golf. Being an athlete means being athletic, being able to perform at a competitive level in your given sport. There are a number of physical aspects involved in competitive sports so let’s take a look at the 1 that Linda and I believe needs much more serious attention. (photo

Perhaps you have noticed with your daughter and her junior golf friends that there is little or no visible stretching. About all you see is 30 seconds or more of token effort on the range or on the tee box. Did the girls do extensive stretching prior to arriving at the course? Our experience is few, if any, junior golfers ever do proper stretching exercises. Even in high school, S3 and his teammates pretty much refused to stretch in a meaningful way.

Why is this? There are a couple of reasons. First, by the time your daughter gets into high school you can’t be overseeing every minute of her life. She needs to be learning how to be independent, getting ready to leave the nest. So about all Dad and Mom can do is suggest that she do some stretching. You know, the kids just aren’t interested. Or secondly, your daughter has not suffered the frustrating consequences of being injured.

How does this change? Sadly it usually only changes as a result of a serious muscle pull or similar injury. Here in South Texas we call temperatures cooler than 50 degrees,”muscle pulling weather.” My friends and I just don’t play golf in these temperatures. Junior golfers and college golfers, however, play in this weather a lot. And they stretch a bit more because the cold weather makes them feel more stiff. And the extra layers of clothes require more effort in order to make consistently good swings.image

For cold weather stretching your daughter can do the same stretches she does when it’s warmer, just do them more slowly and do more of them. To freshen her routine find a video of Miguel Angel Jimenez doing his stretches. These can be done in golf attire at the golf course and they, while appearing slightly different than what you see in the gym, have been deemed to be very effective. They are also refreshingly fun to do or at least attempt to do. A couple of them are much more difficult than they appear. Or just do a web search for golf stretches. You’ll find a ton of resources from the Mayo Clinic, Adam Scott, Greg Norman and more. Maybe by presenting stretching as fun your daughter will show more interest. Try something. The benefits of proper stretching are well documented. (photo

See you on #1 tee looking stretched-out and limber… Sam

Junior Golf: Fun Stretches with Miguel

imageIn today’s Monday Mulligan we will look at some really fun stretches with the most interesting golfer in the world, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez. His very unusual and interesting stretches have been shown many times during various professional tournaments. (photo

Flexibility is a key factor for having a healthy active life and it is absolutely essential for all athletes to maintain their competitive abilities. After all the calories of food and excessive periods of likely inactivity over the Thanksgiving holidays, it’s time to get your son back into his regular golf and fitness routine. And a great way to plug in something different as in fun and excitement is to change things up. One of the easiest ways is to introduce a new stretching regimen. Miguel Angel Jimenez serves this up in spades!

Perhaps you remember the 1st time you and your son saw MAJ doing a stretch on TV and your initial thoughts were: “Wow, I’ve not seen anything like that before!” Please know that his unorthodox routine was likely developed over a lengthy period of time with input from experts in stretching, physical fitness and/or orthopedics. So if you look at MAJ’s record and amazing flexibility for a man over 50 years old, it’s obvious he’s using these stretches to great advantage.

In an individual sport where there is limited time for parent child interaction, stretching is an area that provides a great opportunity for bonding and a MAJ’s routine provides a chance for some comedy as well. I mean, some of these exercises are just going to look silly the 1st few times you and your son do them. Take a chill pill and embarrass yourself. Show some vulnerability in front of him, it shows him it’s OK to fail.

The above link will take you to a great video demonstrating some of these moves. When you see how genuinely flexible MAJ is, you should get very motivated to master his moves. Take it easy and don’t rush things. The more proper stretching you and your son do, the more your flexibility will increase. And 1 additional inch of flexibility increases swing speed which adds distance to the shot.

See you on #1 tee, looking nice and loose… Sam.

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