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What stretches can golfers do to improve hamstring flexibility?

Hamstring flexibility can be improved by doing a combination of foam rolling and static stretching. When foam rolling for the hamstrings, be sure to hold on a tender spot for at least thirty seconds to allow the muscles to relax and alleviate knots within the muscle. Next perform a 90/90 hamstring stretch for both legs, holding each stretch for a minimum of thirty seconds. This will allow the hamstrings enough time to relax and elongate. It may also be a good idea to stretch your hip flexors as well. Often times individuals who sit for extended periods of time develop tightness in the front of their hips. When this occurs, their pelvis rotates and also alters the length of their hamstrings create neural tightness (a tight feeling in the back of the leg). Stretching the hip flexors with a standing hip flexor stretch may help reset the pelvis to it's ideal posture and relieve neural tightness of the hamstrings.

This is a common hamstring stretch. Usually pre workout or before you golf you would like a 2-3 second hold then relax and repeat 3-5 times depending upon your flexibility. Post workout and after golfing try a 30 second static stretch 3-5 times. Making sure your hip flexors are stretched out as well is critical. Tightness in the hip flexors or top of your thigh is very common in individuals with tight hamstrings. Add stretches for both to get the best results.

 

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