Edit ModuleShow Tags

18 Holes with Tina Mickelson: Stretching for Golf

Dynamic stretches for a better game


We’ve heard that stretching before physical activity is an important part of injury prevention. However, experts have determined that there’s a difference between “sustained static stretching” and “dynamic stretching” or “movement preparation,” a method favored by Elite Performance Institute’s Dr. Peter Mackay. In layman’s terms, you achieve power in the golf swing by releasing elastic and explosive power. A rubber band that is tight gets more distance when you pull it back and release than a rubber band that’s stretched out and loose. So by stretching out the muscles, they become longer and looser, which results in a decrease of that elastic power you need for the golf swing.

Dynamic stretching activates the muscles in a way that will prevent injury and prep the body for physical activity, a full range of motion, and peak performance.

Some examples of dynamic stretches that are ideal for golfers:

Arm swings

Extend arms out to your sides with feet shoulder-width apart. Swing arms horizontally back and forth, like a helicopter. You’ll feel a stretch in your obliques.

Side toe touch

With feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart and arms stretched out to your sides, touch your left toe with your right hand, keeping your legs as straight as possible. Repeat on other side. Do this until it feels comfortable and fluid.


Holding a golf club with hands slightly farther than shoulder-width apart, extend the club up over your head. Feet should be no more than shoulder-width apart. Squat down to the point where thighs are just about parallel to the ground. Be careful not to lean forward. Back should remain straight and upright.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Trail of the Month: Otay Valley Regional Park

Explore the twisted paths of this hidden trail along the quiet Otay River

Where to Run in San Diego in March

This month's top 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons, and more

Try These Outdoor Workouts in San Diego

From spinning to SUP yoga, there are no excuses for staying inside
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Vote Now for San Diego's Best Restaurants 2018
    From burritos to bottomless mimosas, you choose San Diego’s best eats and drinks in 90 categories
  2. 15 Coolest Jobs in San Diego and How to Get Them
    We asked 15 San Diego professionals with the coolest jobs in town how they landed their gigs—and how we could steal them
  3. First Look: Cloak & Petal
    The owners of Tajima bring Japanese small plates to Little Italy with Cloak & Petal
  4. 31 Best Places to Live in San Diego
    Five local homeowners share their advice, tips, and tricks on how they sealed the deal
  5. Green Rush: Inside San Diego's Emerging Cannabis Industry
    Marijuana's legal. How did it go from evil death drug to medical miracle and billion-dollar industry?
  6. First Look: Bivouac Ciderworks
    A new craft cidery opens in North Park, designed for the outdoors person in all of us
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.

Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle

Buy a Raffle Ticket, Win This Rare Sports Car

Donate to a good cause to seriously upgrade your ride
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags