It was Mark Twain who said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” Whether you’re an accomplished golfer or a frustrated one, all golfers have felt this way at least once. Something else all golfers have in common? A desire to improve their swing – and nagging discomfort, especially in the back , shoulders and elbow, after a long day on the links. You may not realize it, but there’s one thing that can help both problems – moist heat, like that found in a hot tub.
Athletic trainers and sports medicine physicians have long known the benefits of moist heat in easing muscles and helping patients recover from injuries. A 15-20 minute soak in the moist heat of a hot tub two to three times a day can increase blood flow, alleviate pain and even promote healing. Beyond helping you feel better, this can improve your game by increasing your range of motion and helping you suffer less down time due to injuries and discomfort.
However, swinging by the club or the gym two or three times a day to enjoy the benefits of a hot tub isn’t practical. Adding a hot tub to your home gives you the convenience to enjoy a soak nearly anytime. Before work, after a round, evenings, weekends – whenever you feel like it, really. Plus, it’s something your entire family can enjoy. Professional golfers know this trick well – many of them swear by regular use of a hot tub, and have them in their homes.
Another step that can ease your discomforts and improve your swing is a stretching and exercise program. Regular stretching will improve your range of motion, and the right exercise will make you stronger, allowing you to drive the ball further. If you’re interested in this approach, a swim spa might be right for you. You’ll get the best of both worlds – the relaxing, moist heat and massage of a hot tub, with the space and configuration to accommodate an aquatic stretching and exercising program.
As the spring golf season kicks into gear, do what the pros do – install a hot tub or swim spa in your home, begin enjoying the benefits, and prove Mark Twain wrong!