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Are You Dangerously Inflexible?

Can you touch your toes with your legs straight? Are you chopping at golf balls? While sitting on the floor, can you spread your legs out 120 degrees? If not, you may be DANGEROUSLY INFLEXIBLE! One of the hottest topics in golf today is flexibility. Everyone loses flexibility as they age regardless of lifestyle. With proper stretching this process can be slowed down. Some people are simply genetically inflexible. It’s estimated the majority of “lower back” problems can be attributed to tight hamstrings. According to Butch Harmon, “Flexibility and having or improving range of motion is the most important physical attribute to focus on for any level golfer.” Harmon also states, “By increasing one’s flexibility their club head speed will automatically increase. For the aging golfer, an improved range of motion will help regain their full fluid swing. They will not lapse into punching the ball that almost always follows the loss of flexibility due to age. “

Most golfers have enough strength to swing a golf club. Even though strength is important, it is usually the lack of flexibility that inhibits most golfers from performing a full fluid back swing, which allows them to create greater club head speed and finish with a full follow through. Improved flexibility will help your swing stay “on line” and you will get maximum benefit from your hips and shoulders, not just your arms.

The ProFlex stretching machine, used at the Butch Harmon School of Golf, was developed to keep stretching simple, effective, and address the three critical components that must be present for maximum results. 1. It keeps the user in the correct “biomechanic” position. 2. It allows the user to remain relaxed, a requirement for proper and safe stretching 3. It measures your improvement. Golf Digest gave it their highest rating and Sports Illustrated rated it the #3 new golf product. Tom Kite and many other tour professionals are now using the ProFlex in their training programs. Upon using the machine for the first time, Tom Kite stated, “this is the golf swing.” Dr. Bob Rotella stated that it is essential to relax while stretching. The ProFlex accomplishes this task.

David Dise | ProFlex Stretching Machine Inventor

David Dise | ProFlex Stretching Machine Inventor

ProFlex Stretch Commercial Demo

ProFlex Stretch Commercial Demo

Three Critical Factors For Increasing Flexibility

Trying to improve flexibility and range-of-motion can be extremely frustrating, which is one of the main reasons why many people don’t stretch. There are several important elements of proper stretching; however there are three critical factors in realizing fast and consistent results. All experts agree that a proper warm-up prior to stretching is critical; therefore, the three areas discussed in this article are in addition to warming up.

Basic psychology states that humans react much better when progress can be quantified. Anytime a goal can be set and backed up with measured results, people will tend to stick with and progress within that system. Regardless if it’s an individual trying to become more flexible, a physical therapist or a coach wanting improved flexibility, it’s critical to be able to set and achieve goals with measured results. There’s a big difference in “perceived results” and “proven results”.

Most people have no idea how to stretch properly, especially static stretching (holding the stretch). Correct posture or spine angle is extremely important due to the fact that if the low back is rounded (poor posture), it’s very difficult to safely and effectively isolate the targeted muscles. The majority of people when stretching, round their lower back when sitting on the floor, which puts great stress on the low back, causes tension, in addition to causing poor isolation on the target areas.

Relaxation is paramount in trying to become flexible. This is the main factor in the benefits of partner or assisted stretching. Bottom line is that the target muscles must be relaxed (opposite of contraction) in order to realize the benefits of static stretching and most people are tense during their stretch.

ProFlex Stretching Machine featured in Golf Digest

The ProFlex Stretching Machine was given the highest “Birdie” rating. ProFlex is designed to increase flexibility and range of motion.

Golf Digest features the ProFlex Stretching Machine

Proflex Stretching Machine Featured in Sports Illustrated

The ProFlex Stretching Machine was voted #3 new golf product. Proflex is used extensively by the PGA tour.

Proflex Stretching Machine featured in Sports Illustrated

“Parade’s Guide To Better Fitness”

“Parade’s Guide To Better Fitness”
By Michael O’Shea

What do you think of the Stretching that pro golfers are using?

The machine to which you are referring is the ProFlex. It helps the user to stretch most of the major muscles in the body through six different positions while increasing upper- and lower-body flexibility. Initially developed for martial-arts students by Joe Lewis, a world heavyweight champion in karate, and David Dise, the stretching machine has become popular among professional golfers.

In fact, the ProFlex is used in the PGA Tour’s fitness trailer. And many pro’s, including Tom Kite and Jack Nicklaus, use it in their home gyms. Butch Harmon, Tiger Woods’ coach uses the machine in his golf school. He told me: “if you look at the long hitters of today, the make very little hip turn on their backswing and a huge shoulder turn. This is not possible without good flexibility. Where once you might have had a full fluid swing, as you age you lapse into just punching the ball. This machine can help you maximize your physical potential as a golf athlete”.

Joe Lewis noted, “The ProFlex can help to eliminate a lot of the injuries that result when people try to improve flexibility on their own, because it insures proper position”. To learn more about the ProFlex call 1-866-Proflex or visit the web at

Michael O’Shea, PhD., Is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine

ProFlex Stretching Machine