In the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of working with Justin Russo, a well known and loved golf instructor on the Monterey Peninsula, both in the studio and on the course. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this collaborative dialogue has been our shared love of "Zen and the Art of Archery", which has profoundly influenced both of our training styles.
Last week I met him out on the range for my very first lesson, and we spent 1.5 hours practicing my swing, giving me both a profound appreciation for the techniques behind it, and a distinct muscle memory ( including soreness!) that lasted for about 3 days.
From that experience, I created a warm up and cool down to complement his training for his students.
The warm up requires a golf club, putter, or iron. You will want to select yours based on "agreeable weight" ( we use the natural weight of the iron for some traction) and length ( you should be able to hold on to either end and easily raise and lower your arms). We focus on breathing, centering, opening up the shoulder girdle, then move down through the torso, waking up the abdominals and stretching the low back, then mobilizing the lower limbs. It's a lovely 10 minute sequence to prepare you for your game, or simply to start your day.
I'll share the cool down with you next week.