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Suzanne Clark, author of new book 'Play Golf Forever', suggests some resistance band golf swing exercises to strengthen the muscles of the over 50s golfer
Experienced physiotherapist, Suzanne Clark, has written a book called Play Golf Forever: a Physiotherapist’s Guide to Golf Fitness and Health for the Over 50s, a sister title to her earlier Play Tennis Forever.
The golf swing may not be aerobically demanding, but all the twisting places great stress on the lower back, in particular. As Suzanne explains in the book, we are all fighting the effects of sarcopenia, in which skeletal muscle mass and strength begin to decline from the age of 30, almost imperceptibly at first, but then typically to the tune of 30 or 40 per cent by 70 years of age. These resistance band exercises will help work many of the muscles used in the golf swing...
Resistance band golf swing exercises A resistance band can be a very useful, versatile and inexpensive piece of equipment for the over 50s golfer. This great resistance band exercise from a standing position helps exercise and strengthen the muscles needed in the golf swing.
Hold the band in place beneath your feet with the ends in both hands, start at the address position with your legs slightly flexed and then bring the band up slowly to shoulder height with both hands. That’s an exercise in its own right, but if you want to take it a little further, repeat this, but when your hands get to shoulder height, turn your body round one way and back, and then the other way and back – as you would in a golf swing – before relaxing again slowly.
It’s important to prevent muscle imbalance, so make sure there’s a symmetry to all your exercises and that you aren’t favouring one side over another. This exercise will work all sorts of muscles needed in the golf swing to varying degrees.
We have put together a short video series highlighting some of the key exercises and suggestions Suzanne gave GM's very own over 50s golfer, Jezz Ellwood, on a recent visit to the Golf Monthly offices...
Post-round cool down
Important Medical Disclaimer If the reader or viewer has any existing medical conditions or requires individual advice, they should check with their GP or appropriate healthcare professional before undertaking any exercise or stretching programmes. No responsibility is assumed for any loss or damage caused, or allegedly caused, as a result of following the advice given.
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
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