Back Exercises for Golfers with Natalie Gulbis
LPGA Pro Natalie Gulbis shares some helpful golf back exercises.
Released on 5/17/2016
Hi, I'm Natalie Gulbis
and I have been on tour for 15 years,
I've had three back surgeries.
My last back surgery five years ago.
I think some of the keys to having a career of 15 years
is making sure that my back is warmed up
before I go play golf.
So, these are exercises you can do in the gym,
you can do on the golf course,
in the locker room before you go out and warm up
or on the beach like today.
The first exercise I'm gonna show you
is a lunge with a twist.
It's strengthening and it's working on
So, lunge and you twist three ways.
You feel the stretch each time,
try to go a little bit further
and get a little bit deeper
so you're working your quads, your hip flexors, your core.
Stretching out your shoulders and your obliques.
I do this about 10 times on each leg.
The next one is gonna be a double twist,
really work on that X factor,
get your core warmed up,
get your lower back and your hips loosened up
to not only protect your back,
but also get some more speed which we all love
because you can hit it further.
So, cross your arms here,
get in a golf stance, golf posture.
Turn to the right and left.
This is definitely harder than it looks
but I try to do about 10 each way
and what you're doing is just loosening up your hips,
loosening up your core and your shoulders,
and just getting your body warmed up to go and hit balls.
The last one is a little bit
of a yoga incorporated exercise.
I really like this one because it stretches out
your lats and your obliques,
your shoulders, your arms.
And so, I get into what would be a warrior pose
and then I straighten my legs and go over.
And I just hold it here.
Sometimes I stretch a little bit over the top.
And then do to the other side.
Again, getting into that lunge,
straightening your legs, stretching out your hamstrings
which is so important for people who have back pain.
And just really a good calming,
kind of a meditative exercise
to get you ready to go play golf.