Add power to your game

In golf, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, and pretty much any sport involving a stick, rotation in your thoracic spine is crucial to creating power.

Here are two simple stretches from the Titleist Performance Institute that will help you gain the flexibility you need to get more distance off the tee or increase the velocity of your slap shot. If you don’t play a sport, but you’d like to add to your mobility routine, throw these into the mix.

A-Frame Stretch:
This stretch targets your thoracic spine, shoulders, and chest.

  1. Start in your deadlift position: shoulders back, bend at the knee, hinge at the hip.
  2. Place your elbow inside one knee.IMG_0678
  3. Reach your other hand behind you and rotate until it’s pointing vertically.
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  4. Return to the starting position.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

Open Books:
This stretch helps you gain flexibility in your thoracic spine, chest, shoulders, and rib cage.

  1. Lie on your side with your knees bent and pinned together, and your arms out in front of you – place the hand of the shoulder connected to the ground on your knee.IMG_0713
  2. Rotate your top arm all the way across your body, keeping your knees connected to the ground.
  3. The goal is to touch your knuckles to the ground, keeping your arm at chest level.
  4. Return to the starting position.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

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