By Kevin Hutto

Golf is a game that needs a lot of flexibility. A powerful and fluid golf swing hinges on a wide range of motion that involves flexing the trunk, pelvis and both upper and lower back. As one ages, this flexibility often decreases. With decreased flexibility comes decreased swing speed and this is a problem faced by most senior golfers.

In order to make your body suppler and put more power in your drive, stretching exercises are a must. Doing these workouts will strengthen your core and give you increased flexibility. To add more intensity and balance to your core strengthening exercises, you can invest in a stability ball– it has been proven to help improve the condition of both back and abdominal muscles and also allows a variety of exercises to be done with it for overall health.

Here are a couple of routines to try on a stability ball to increase your range of motion:

1. Lie on your back with both your feet placed on top of a stability ball. With your toes pointed in the direction of your shin, pull your shoulders back and down to the floor. Then, gradually raise your glutes until you are in one line from your shoulders to your feet. Hold this position for a couple of seconds before slowly lowering your hips. Don’t let it touch the ground before raising it up again. Repeat for as many times as you can. This exercise serves to strengthen your lower back and your gluteal muscles.

2. Sit on a stability ball with your feet as wide as your shoulders. Keep your hands rested at your sides and straighten your spine. Your abdominal muscles must be tight all throughout your exercise. Lift one leg at a time alternatively, as if you were marching. Always keep your spine straight so it achieves the desired effect of stabilizing your abdomen and spine. The marching motion also strengthens the thigh muscles.

Age shouldn’t decrease your golfing ability. Do flexibility exercises regularly so you can maintain your powerful swing and still get a low score you can be proud of in every game.

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