"Andy, The magazine looks great - you've done a good job. Concise and to the point... Regards, Mel"

Mel Sole has 30 years experience teaching golf and is co-founder of Ritson-Sole Golf Schools, USA



Golf Tip

Stretching - A Year-Long Investment in Your Game

by Mel Sole

As you get older the need to retain flexibility in order to play good golf becomes more and more important. Here are a few exercises that will help you accomplish that.

Picture #1

In picture #1 I have the club above my head. Gently lean over to the left as far as you can go as in picture #2. Repeat to the other side. Do this four or five times, gently.

Picture #2

Picture #3

In picture #3 I have the shaft across my shoulders. Get into your golf posture and gently twist until you have made a full shoulder turn as in picture #4. Repeat to the other side, as in picture #5.  


Picture #4

Picture #5

Maintain your spine angle throughout, as I am doing in pictures #4 & #5

Picture #6

If  holding the club on your shoulders is too difficult for you, put the club into the small of your back and hook your arms around the club as I am doing in picture #6.

In picture #7 I take the palm of my right hand and put it on the elbow of my left arm which is stretched out in front of me. Gently pull the right hand toward the right shoulder until you feel a gentle stretch. Do the same with the other arm. Repeat this four or five times.

Picture #7

Picture #8

Finally sit on the ground with your right leg crossed over your outstretched left leg as in picture #8. Gently push the back of your left arm against the right knee until you feel a gentle stretch in your lower back. Do this three or four times. Repeat with the other leg.

Do not do any of these exercises if you have serious back problems or health problems.  If in doubt please ask your doctor.


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Mel Sole is a former South African Tour player with about 30 years of teaching experience. He is the co-founder of Ritson-Sole Golf Schools, which is rated one of the 25 best golf schools in the U.S. Mel's home course is Pawleys Plantation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Other Ritson-Sole Golf Schools are located in Wilmington, N.C., Atlanta, Blue Springs, Mo., Harrisburg, Pa., and San Sebastián de Amola, México. You can visit the Ritson-Sole Website at www.ritson-sole.com.



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