ProFlex Stretching Machine
Do you often lunge at the golf ball instead of making a smooth swing? If you fit this profile, you may be seriously inflexible!
As we age, a loss of flexibility always comes with the territory, which leads to a decreased range of motion. With a proper stretching routine, this debilitating process can be slowed down, stopped and even reversed. In golf, as in life, flexibility and range of motion are vital to performance. According to Butch Harmon, coach of Tiger Woods, “Flexibility and having or improving range of motion is the most important physical attribute to focus on for any level golfer. By increasing one’s flexibility, club head speed will automatically increase. For the aging golfer, an improved range of motion will help regain a full, fluid swing.”
Though strength is important, a lack of flexibility prevents most golfers from making a long, fluid backswing. That same tightness inhibits club head speed and a full finish. Improved flexibility will help your swing stay on plane and achieve the maximum benefit from hip and shoulder turn. But is it possible to turn back the clock? The answer is yes using the ProFlex Stretch machine! The ProFlex, which is used at the Butch Harmon School of Golf and, according to the company, by Tour players including tom kite, Brad Faxon, Jim Dent, Bobby Wadkins and Jack Nicklaus, addresses the three critical components to achieving maximum flexibility results:
It keeps the user in the correct biomechanical position, which leads to proper technique / posture during stretching.
It allows the user to remain relaxed, a requirement to optimize safe and proper stretching of the muscles.
It measures and quantifies improvement. People often quit training programs without a way to measure results. Players and teaching professionals can now set and achieve numerical goals for increasing range of motion.
Many professional athletes and sports organizations are currently using the ProFlex. Trainers for the NFL teams including the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals have purchased ProFlex units. Brett Favre has one at his house. Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, four-time super bowl quarterback for the Buffalo Bills adds “the ProFlex is incredible for keeping you fit and flexible. I compare the ProFlex’s advantage over conventional stretching to moving from jogging in place to using a treadmill”. The ProFlex has also been used in the PGA tour fitness trailer.
Dr. Bob Rotella, noted mental game coach to a multitude of leading tour players states that, “I believe that all good golfers and top instructors understand the importance of good flexibility relating to the golf swing. The ProFlex not only safely and effectively improves flexibility for range of motion, it also allows the user relax and decrease muscular tension. A relaxed body will help insure a relaxed mind and eliminate counterproductive thoughts. In addition to mental and physical relaxation, the confidence gained through the measured flexibility improvements will have a very positive impact on any athlete…especially the golfer”.
The response from the medical and health / fitness communities has been extraordinary. In correspondence from Dr. Louis Biglian, Chairman of the Department Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, he states, “The beauty of your machine is that it is something that can be done rapidly without a great deal of effort. Furthermore, it provides a very reasonable stretch to muscles and tendons, which, in fact never stretch, despite whatever type of exercise, massage or physical therapy you might have. Being able to stretch the groin area as well as the hamstrings and thoracic cage muscles allows you to loosen up quickly for golf.” Stephen Tharrett (M.S. Exercise Physiology and Program Director for the American College of Sports Medicine) adds that, The ProFlex and assures the user of proper biomechanical positioning in performing correct, effective stretches relating to posture and daily function.”
GOLF SPECIFIC STRETCHES
Although designed to work for athletes in many sports, ProFlex has come up with a safe and effective six-step, golf-specific stretching routine. The simple, easy to follow routine is designed to target every major muscle group in the body. The initial stretch focuses on the address position and works on support of the upper body. The center leg stretch will put the body in a better position at impact. The final stretches work on the legs to promote a better take away and follow through. According to the company, tight hamstrings cause lower back pain and fatigue during the latter stages of a round of golf. The final stretches work to loosen the hamstrings.
Each machine comes with how-to video and printed stretching instructions. Each stretch should be held for fifteen seconds, a very brief rest, and then held for fifteen more seconds. The entire program takes just five or ten minutes to work though and it is recommended that it be done a minimum of three times per week. Your personal success will depend on the effort you put in.
Though mechanically challenged, I was able to assemble the unit in a matter of minutes. I first saw the ProFlex at a golf industry convention at Mid Pines, North Carolina. A devout believer and practitioner of yoga and stretching, I was immediately impressed with its performance. It allowed me to get and stay in Positions that I had difficulty with in my yoga practice, which, in my case, dealt with my thighs and hamstrings. In the first week alone, I extended my range of motion a full fifteen degrees.
MAJOR SUCCESS ON TOUR
Senior Tour winner Bobby Wadkins has two claims of fame. He is Lanny’s brother and he won more money on the regular PGA Tour than anyone in history without a win. But after he began working with the ProFlex, he won his debut on the Senior Tour. Gushing he says, “I started using the ProFlex about a year prior to winning my first Senior event title. It definitely improved my flexibility and range of motion, and has helped me to once again compete at the highest level of competition.”
ProFlex has received extensive national coverage and commanded rave reviews. Among other publications, features on the unit have been included in Parade Magazine, Links, Golf Digest, Golf Tips and Sports Illustrated. In April 2000, Golf Digest gave the ProFlex a “Birdie” Rating. SI ranked it as the “#3” new golf product in the December 18, 2000 issue. Referring to the ProFlex, former US Open champion Tom Kite actually says, “This is the golf swing.”
For more information on the ProFlex stretching machine call 1-866-776-3539.