Cat & Cow Pose with Lauren McMillin

A Simple Stretch to Improve Your Golf Swing

C-posture is one of the most common swing characteristics among golfers. When we spend our days hunched over desks and driving, our shoulders tend to round and we get that C-shape in the upper body.

This prevents us from having a strong athletic posture, and it also keeps us from turning our shoulders to the degree that we like in order to create an effective, repeatable, and efficient golf swing.

Why This Stretch Works

A cat and cow exercise can help strengthen and stretch the core, strengthen and stretch the back, and also help to correct rounded shoulders and C-posture. Plus, it’s a great way to help mobilize your spine before going out to the course.

Cat & Cow Pose

Come to your hands and knees, placing your shoulders over your wrists and your hips over your knees. If you feel any sort of pressure beneath the knees, you can place a cushion or a blanket underneath them. Keep your elbows slightly bent so you're not locking them out.

As you inhale, drop your belly toward the ground, lifting through your heart, lifting your hips. Drop your shoulders away from your ears and think about hugging your shoulder blades toward one another.

As you exhale, scoop your belly, round your spine, drop your chin towards your chest, and think about spreading the shoulder blades apart.

Repeat; Inhale as you lift up, exhale as you round, moving with the breath.

Do this about five to ten times before relaxing and releasing.

This video exercise was developed by Lauren McMillin, an industry professional in increasing power, reducing the risk of injury, and improving mobility, stability, and range of motion through yoga, Pilates, and functional movement.

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