Stretching with Lam Zhiqun

Wed 02 Oct 2013

Stretching with Lam Zhiqun

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There’s more to professional golfers than our golf swing, the way we putt and how we chip around the greens. Something which most people tend to forget is that we walk for 72 holes over four days and let’s not forget the two days of practice rounds as well!
Yes, we do have caddies lugging our bags, but when you get tired physically, your mind tends to wander and you can lose concentration. However, the worst thing that can happen is if you get a leg cramps because it derails your routine completely.
Hence, before my round, I will always concentrate on stretching properly and warming up my lower body with these three simple exercises.
Hamstring
First step: You will need to lie flat with a rubber band at your back, which is stretched to the sole of your feet.
Second step: Lift your leg up to a 30 degree angle and hold for five seconds. Then lift it higher, to a 90 degree angle and hold the position for five seconds. Repeat this with both legs for 10 times.
Hamstring 1 Step 1
Hamstring 2 Step 2
Hamstring 3 Step 3
Hip
First step: Put your left/right leg forward and kneel. Make sure your shin touches the ground and stand up slowly.
Second step: This exercise must be repeated for 10 times. Always remember not to rush through the stretching.
Hip 2 Hip 3
Thighs
First step: You need a circular device for this stretching tip. Lie on the side of your body and place the device below your thigh. Move your thighs and allow the device to massage and loosen those thigh muscles.
Second step: Lie on your back and repeat the same movement. Repeat the same steps but in an opposite position. Remember, there are three parts of your thighs that need stretching – the front, side and back.
Benefits: This will loosen the leg muscles and avoid cramps. Without proper stretching, you will feel discomfort in your swing. Always remember, golf is not only about the upper body strength.
Roller 1 Roller 7