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The golfer’s warm-up routine

Look left/look right

While seated on your Swiss ball, slowly turn your head to look over your left shoulder, then slowly turn head through center and look over right shoulder. Continue for 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds; repeat for three sets. “This increases the range of motion of the neck for takeaway and follow-through of swing and can reduce incidence of neck injury,” Emig says.

The arch

Still seated on the ball, place hands behind the head and roll on the ball, arching over it so it supports your upper back. Hold for 30 seconds, then push into your feet to roll back to seated. Rest for 30 seconds; repeat for three sets. This one’s a twofer, stretching out your upper back and the chest, to potentially reduce injury to the back and rotator cuff, says Emig.

Two-arm shoulder roll

Kneel down and place your hands on the ball in front of you on the floor. Roll the ball away from you, allowing your arms to extend out and your upper back to extend. Hold for 30 seconds, then carefully roll back up; rest for 30 seconds and repeat twice more. This is great for opening tight shoulders and improving their range of motion (again, good for the rotator cuffs).

Forearm and wrist stretch

Seated on the ball, extend your right arm straight out in front you, and hinge your hand so fingers are pointing down. Use the left hand to gently pull the fingers toward the body; hold for 30 seconds. Rotate the right hand so palm is facing out (like you’re signaling “stop”). Use the left hand to pull the fingers back; hold for 30 seconds. Switch and stretch the left wrist. Go immediately back to the right wrist; do each hand three times. “Increasing the range of motion of the forearm and wrist can reduce the risk of golfers’ elbow,” Emig says.

Lying trunk rotations

Lie on your back with the ball under your bent knees. Slowly allow the knees to fall to one side, so you’re feeling a stretch in your hips. Hold for 30 seconds, then rotate through center and to the other side for a second 30-second hold; do three sets total. This move increases core flexibility to reduce the risk of lower-back injury, says Emig.

Strength train for flexibility

“When weak, muscles put up a guard to protect against injury, making them feel tight.”

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