The Ys Exercise is a great dynamic stretch that will prepare the muscles of your upper back and the external rotator muscles of your shoulders before you play golf, hit the practice range, or undertake other physical exercise.
The Ys Exercise forms part of the Golf Injury Prevention series of innovative and dynamic exercises that will help to protect you from pain and injury by building strength and stability around your most vulnerable areas, while improving mobility, balance and joint function.
The Ys Exercise is a component of the Golf Loopy Perfect Warm Up, an exercise routine that has been scientifically designed to prepare your mind and body for playing golf to the best of your ability in just 7 minutes.
Figure 1. Ys Exercise Video.
- Start by holding a golf club palms up, hands wide, standing hinged at about 45 degrees from your hips, with your knees bent, your back flat, your abdominal muscles engaged and your chest up.
- Slowly glide your shoulder blades back and down, and then raise your arms over your head to form a “Y” shape with your body and arms.
- Hold for one deep breath, in and out.
- Slowly return to the starting position and repeat.
Initiate the movement with your shoulder blades, not your arms. Keep your back flat throughout.
You should feel a stretch through your shoulders and upper back.
Perform this exercise for 30 seconds as part of the Golf Loopy Perfect Warm Up routine.
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