Tight Calf’s and Achilles Tendons?
When your body is balanced and flexible your golf swing is effortless, but asymmetries require your brain to constantly rewrite the software governing your swing and then compensates so you can execute a decent shot. (scroll down for more)
Calf and Achilles tendon flexibility is one of the most important factors as it determines your maximum/minimum leg range of motion through your swing.
The lower legs are a big part of balance. Training and stretching these muscles and tendons helps you to build control over your body and improves your swing by decreasing your reaction time to changes in your center of gravity while you swing. What would normally be a large wobble to regain control turns into a rock solid stance after diligently training of one's balance and control.
Calf and Achilles tendon stretches allow the foot and ankle to move more freely and keeps a tight calf muscle from interfering with balance and control.
The golf stretches below are designed to be completed either on days you aren't playing or after a round. It is not a suitable to use these as a warm up and there is a good reason for that.
This type of stretching consists of static stretching. While this is the best type of stretching for increasing range of motion it can compromise power immediately afterwards.
Hold each stretch for 20 seconds, relax and then repeat for another 20 seconds before moving on to the next stretch.
The muscle group being stretched should feel slightly tight diminishing as you hold the stretch.
Cease the stretch immediately if you feel any pain or if tightness increases as you stretch.
Perform this routine a minimum of 3 days a week for 6 weeks - ideally 5-7 days is best.
Written By: Sidney Silver
TPI Golf Medical & Golf Fitness Expert
Written by, Sidney Silver: TPI Golf Medical & Golf Fitness expert. www.SilverSportsTherapy.com (415) 932-6775