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Improve your golf game today and improve your Golf Fitness: Flexibility
A compact, powerful swing is defined by the x-factor—or the relationship of shoulder to hip rotation. Flexibility may be the single most important factor in making a successful golfer. A compact, powerful swing is defined by the x-factor—or the relationship of shoulder to hip rotation. "The shoulders should turn at a 90-degree angle over the hips, which should turn 45 degrees—that are the x-factor," says Katherine Roberts, certified golf performance coach and founder of Yoga for Golfers. Stiff shoulders, tight hips, and stubborn hamstrings do little in helping you achieve this ideal swing. What's more, lack of flexibility can also limit your distance off the tee. "Power is a byproduct of flexibility". Flexibility allows for full range of motion, which allows you to reach maximum potential in strength.
The gap between Tour swings and recreational swings keeps getting wider. Technique aside, one of the reasons for the discrepancy in distance and accuracy between the game's best and the masses is flexibility. A little-known fact is that most PGA Tour professionals have 50 to 100 percent more flexibility in their upper body than the average person on the street. In fact, elite golfers possess greater flexibility than NBA players. While some are naturally blessed with this performance advantage, most had to acquire it through hard work starting at a young age, dedicating themselves to constant practice and avoiding sedentary lifestyles at all costs.

Special content for men and woman golfers over 50:

1. Consistency in Golf
The No. 1 reason to work on your flexibility is to improve your consistency. Not many golfers relate flexibility to consistency, but it is incredibly important for several reasons.

Head Movement
First, golfers over 50 tend to lose flexibility and their ability to rotate their heads to the side due to stiffness in the neck. For the right-handed golfer, it is vital that you can rotate your head 70 degrees to the left. How well can you turn your head to the left and look over your left shoulder.

How does this relate to consistency? When a golfer is taking his/her backswing, the shoulders are rotating to the right while the head needs to be relatively still so the golfer can keep their eyes focused on the ball. If the golfer has neck stiffness, the head will be forced to rotate with the shoulders, moving the head and the eyes along with it.

To get an understanding of how difficult it is to consistently hit the golf ball well when your head is moving, trying chipping a golf ball while turning your head side to side. Then send me the video because I could use a good laugh!

In this case, flexibility will help you keep your head stable so you can keep a steady eye on the ball for consistent ball striking

Swing Center Movement Factor
Second, you need good spinal flexibility to master the swing center movement factor. Basically, when golfers have poor posture and the spine is C-shaped or S-shaped, the spine is no longer able to purely rotate in the backswing without the body moving up and down. Trying to hit the ball when your spine is having to move up and down and to the side is like trying to hit a golf ball that is bouncing up and down. It is nearly impossible to hit the ball consistently. Golf flexibility will help you keep and/or regain pure spinal rotation.

Correct Weight Shifting
Finally, you need good hip flexibility for correct weight distribution which is critical for consistency. During the backswing, it is important that you can rotate your body to the right against a stable right leg. Ideally, the right knee should maintain its bend, the knee cap should rotate only minimally, and your body weight should stay over the inside of your right foot. In order for this to occur, your right hip needs to have at least 35 degrees of internal rotation.
Correct right knee position achieved with good right hip flexibility
Correct right knee position achieved with good right hip flexibility

If you lack this flexibility, you are more likely to lose accuracy due to a reverse pivot shift and/or excessive swaying in your backswing.

2. Golf Power
For golfers over 50, the loss of golf power is a major problem. Golf is a lot more fun when you are hitting the much easier short irons than the more difficult hybrids into greens. You hit a lot more greens, putt for more birdies and your scores become very respectable!

Research has proven over and over again that until the golfer reaches the age of 75 (approximately) most of this power loss is preventable and directly related to flexibility.

Most research has pointed to the following key points that can be changed for substantial increase in golf power.

First, improving specific golf flexibility will improve your “x-factor.” The x-factor is the difference between your hip rotation and your spinal rotation. For instance, when the golfer is about to impact the golf ball, players with a good x-factor will have their belt buckles already facing the target. This is the key to effortless power!

Without a good x-factor, you can swing as hard as you want to but you are not going to add much distance. Flexibility is the problem and working on your golf flexibility is the only solution. The more you neglect it, the worse it will become.

Swing Width
Second, improving golf flexibility will improve your swing width. Swing width is how far your hands and club are away from your center of movement (a point just below the center of your chest). The farther away, the faster the club head will travel.

The best analogy that I have used to understand this is with the rotary sprinklers used to sprinkle your yard. If you stand right next to the sprinkler, you don’t have to walk around it very quickly to avoid getting sprayed with water. But if you are standing at a distance from the sprinkler (the farthest point the water reaches) you have to run very fast in the circle to avoid getting sprayed on.

Swing Width
Pro golfers have a lot of width in their golf swings and the easiest point to see it is at the top of the backswing. Because of flexibility, the flexible pro golfer can get a full backswing while keeping the left elbow straight. Golfers with poor flexibility tend to sacrifice their power in two ways. They either allow their elbows to collapse in order to get a full backswing, or they keep their width with a straight left elbow but have to significantly shorten their backswings.

3. Golf Accuracy
The reason that golfers with poor flexibility lose accuracy is related back to the x-factor. We have to back up a little to explain this one. Initially, when Jim McLean coined the term “x-factor,” it was the difference between the rotation of the hips and shoulders measured at the top of the backswing. This is now called the “old” x-factor. The “new” x-factor, which is much more critical for power, is the difference between hip and shoulder rotation at the point of impact with the golf ball.

The “New” X-Factor and the Transition Move
To maximize the new x-factor, you need to master the transition move. The transition move is the first move you make toward the golf ball from your position at the top of the backswing. Typically, the first move is the hips rotating forward, but it is easier to practice if you focus on the left knee sliding toward the target.

Most golfers who have neglected flexibility are not able to rotate the hips separately from the upper body. This is where accuracy is sacrificed. Since the hips cannot rotate before the shoulders, the golfer will be unable to swing the club down from inside of the target line. The golfer will swing from the “outside to in” swing plane, aka, the over the top swing. This results in pulls, slices, and makes it more difficult to make clean contact since the swing plane will be so much steeper.

So Get Going!!!
If you want to continue playing enjoyable and respectable golf after 50 and into retirement, flexibility is not really an option, it is required. Luckily, flexibility training is really easy.

Get your 2-DVD set of the "Pain Free" Workout today and have more fun playing golf tomorrow. Only 17.95 for 2 40-minute DVD's - shipping included!