If you’re looking for a place to golf in the Bucks County, PA area, the obvious choice is Northampton Valley Country Club, and if you’re looking for a way to help your swing before you play, the obvious choice is to stretch. Stretching not only increases your range of motion so you can deliver more power through your swing, but it lessens your chances of injury. Thousands of golfers pull a muscle every year, typically in their back or core area but even in their legs and shoulders as well. Most of the time, an injury that can keep you out two or three weeks can be easily prevented with just a few easy stretches. We’re going to go over a few of them here. Pigeon- Get into a pushup position. Instead of lowering yourself down bring your knee up to your chest and plant your foot like you’re going to launch yourself forward. Now bring your foot over to the other side of your body and, keeping your knee and calf at an angle, begin to lower yourself down. Don’t expect to make it to the ground your first few times doing this one. Hold the stretch for at least 20 seconds and then switch to the other side. This stretch should open up your hips allowing you to drive more power from them and worry about straining them less. Touch Your Toes- One of the most basic stretches, touching your toes allows you to stretch your hamstrings, calves, glutes, and lower back. For an added challenge, if you can already place your palms on the ground, place your hands on the back of your knees and pull your head into the front of your knees. This activates an even fuller lower back stretch, which will help protect you from the most common golf injury. Warrior 2- stand with your feet a comfortable distance apart, but wider than your hips. Rotate ninety degrees on your toes so one leg is in front of the other. Reach your hands up into the air above your head and lunge forward on your front leg keeping your back toes planted firmly on the ground. You should feel this stretch in your hips, quadriceps, lower back and hamstrings. This stretch should allow you to bring further range of motion to your lower body which means you can really power through your swing follow-through. Shoulder and Tricep Stretch- outstretch one arm and then bring it across your chest. Using your hand on your other arm, bring your first arm as close to your chest keeping it as straight as possible. After holding for 20-30 seconds bring your elbow above your head and reach your hand as far down your back as you can. Take your other hand and press it into your elbow above your head to assist the stretch. Make sure to repeat on the other side. These two stretches keep your shoulders and triceps limber meaning you can utilize more power and more control from your upper body. We hope you enjoyed our five stretches for your golf swing. Northampton Valley Country Club is not only one of the best Bucks County golf courses, we have a great blog too! Check back with us next month for more golf tips.