Rick Brown/Rachael Laing con Golf: GOLF NIRVANA Shaving off 10 or more strokes by incorporating these simple Yoga stretches in your game preparation
I did not start playing golf until I turned 40 and found it to be the hardest game on the planet! I took some lessons, tried simulators and hacked a lot of golf balls. All of those things help for sure to give you the basics of swing plane, golf stance and more. However, all the knowledge in the world may not improve your eye, hand coordination or the execution of striking the golf ball properly. Unfortunately, most of us are not as naturally gifted as Bubba Watson! Just before turning 50 I started taking Yoga classes and only because my gym offered them as part of my membership, it was really just a whim. The following two plus years of practicing Yoga, and badly I might add, changed several things. My golf game went from “ok”, to pretty good, then to really good. Before Yoga, I was fortunate to make a hole in one. After I started the practice, I made two hole in one’s in a 10 month period and even better made a double eagle on a 500 plus yard par 5 . Those are great bragging rights, but I know that my body and mind were much more in sync. My increased flexibility resulted in more strength. Greater accuracy followed, my drives and mid iron play consistently improved. But one of the greatest results was the mental calmness that seemed to flower. It was so much easier to focus and quiet the “squirrels” running in my head. This allows you to better read putts and see the nuances of the greens. Through unrelated circumstances and probably laziness I stopped my Yoga practice and saw a noticeable decline in my golf game. I was still very physically active, continuing resistance training, competing in several half marathons, a full marathon, obstacle races and a “sprint triathlon”. The only difference was the absence of Yoga. I was fortunate to meet Rachael Laing, who has been teaching Yoga and Health fitness for more than 15 years. I shared with her my prior successes with golf and overall training. She really made it simple, Yoga makes not only a physical difference but more importantly a mental difference! She gave me these 18 Yoga stretches that I began to practice religiously. After a very short time I noticed an improvement in my game. My swing was much more fluid, my timing improved, as did my distance. Take note, these stretches are not only for your body but your mind. Embracing these practices will help you clear your mind of all the garbage that get’s in the way of the ball and the hole. We all know golf is such a mental game. If your mental game improves it will make up for your physical game, or enhance it, depending on where your are physically. My only disclaimer, go slow, do not push your body to the point of injury. You are probably not as flexible as the professionals you will see in the following pages. Do not be discouraged! Slow is good and never forget, “breathe”!Like anything you have to put the time in! But what I love about these stretches is they do not take long, they feel good, improve your golf game and by the way will improve your overall health. Tee it up!