Want to get another 20 to 30 yards on your drive? It’s a lot to promise, but that is exactly what we strive for in our “Stiff Man’s Yoga” class. There are a number of poses you can try to get that incredible rotation you see on the pros.
From the bottom of your spine to the top of your shoulders, the ability to achieve a full twist is what you are after, but if you have stiffness in any parts of the lumbar or thoracic vertebrae, you won’t be able to achieve the fluidity or rhythm needed to swing through with power. Somewhere along the “line” you will tense up, or just simply get stuck during your swing and other parts of the body will try to compensate.
Many men and women notice that they muscle their swings less (meaning they don’t overuse their arm or shoulder strength) when they practice yoga. The hips rotate so beautifully, that their arms follow their hips appropriately instead of trying to lead.
It doesn’t take much to get this flexibility either. Two hours a week in a studio will really help, but you will love the freedom of rotation so much, you will probably want to take the practice home for another hour or so a week.
Make sure you have a great yogi (preferably one who specializes in sports training) who will help you find the best poses to suit your needs and goals. If you start now, expect to see an improvement by April!
Please Note: I would never profess to be a golf expert, but I have been playing for almost 30 years and am speaking from my own experience and that of my coaching clients. Please seek professional advice when trying any new form of exercise. A PT, DO, Chiro or any Ortho specialist would be able to help you best.
Another Note: The “Stiff Man’s Yoga” Class originated when I kept hearing guys complain that they are “too stiff to do yoga.” So I created a class specifically to get them into the studio. It is open to women as well.