Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mike Weir's Golf Workout Routine

Growing up, the one sport where I had no respect for the participants was golf. However, since Tiger brought in a workout program that rivals those of football players, I can really no longer hate on the athleticism of golfers. Mike Weir, winner of the 2003 Masters would take offense to anyone questioning how hard he works, especially after experiencing an almost career ending injury that left him with back problems. So what does he do to improve his game on the greens:

Posterior neck glide Lie

Lie belly-side down on a weight bench with your head hanging freely off the bench. Stretch a towel behind your head and hold it as tautly as you can. While keeping your shoulders level with the bench and your eyes focused on the floor, push the back of your head against the towel without tilting your head up or down. Hold for two seconds and relax for one rep. Do 15 reps for one set and do three sets. The resistance provided by the towel works the neck’s posterior stabilizers and improves cervical spine posture.

Upper trapezius stretch

Face a wall. Put your right hand on your right shoulder. Place your right elbow against the wall at chin level. Push your chin toward the wall and rotate your head to the left as far as you comfortably can. Your hips and toes should face the wall. Hold this position for 20 seconds, rest, and switch to the other side. Continue alternating until you’ve stretched both sides four times. This works the neck and upper-back muscles your upper torso uses during a golf swing and will help you keep your eye on the ball without stressing your neck.

[ More Exercises via BestLife ]

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