Like with any sport, failure to warm up before a game of golf and playing the game when you are not fit can result in injury. By doing some simple exercises regularly before you play a round of golf, will not only improve your fitness levels but it will also make you less susceptible to injury, particularly golfer’s elbow.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests these fitness tips for Golfers, to be carried out as regularly as they can, particularly before playing golf.
Pick up a dumbbell and do a series of wrist curls to help strengthen your wrist, hand and forearm. Let the dumbbell fall to your fingertips, and then lift it on to the palm of the hand. Then curl the wrist and lift the dumbbell. Repeat for at least ten times with each hand.
The tennis ball squeeze
Exercise and strengthen the muscles in your forearm by picking up a tennis ball and squeezing it for approximately five minutes.
Rubber tubing exercises
Tie some rubber tubing around an object at shoulder height. Grasp the tubing in one hand and pull it towards your chest, then extend your arms. Repeat the exercise ten times with each hand.
Another good exercise to help strengthen the muscles needed to play golf is, using the rubber tubing again, kneel down on a mat and pull the tubing over your head to your chest as you bend your elbows. Repeat the exercise ten times.
Hold on to a dumbbell and place your palms flat in front of you. Use your wrist and move the weight up and down. Repeat for ten times with each arm.