There are many of us who are, shall we say, don’t quite have the same flexibility and/or range of motion that we used to. Or at the very least, it takes a just a little bit longer for our bodies to get loose than it did just a few years ago. And let’s not pretend any of us actually stretch prior to a round of golf.
Okay, maybe you do. Bully for you. I typically remember that I should have stretched around the third tee box.
At any rate, many of us may rely instead on our favorite alcoholic beverage, or “swing oil”, to ease the tension in our muscles, joints, and tendons. Searching for that perfect ratio of blood to alcohol level that relaxes our minds, bodies, and souls.
Turns out, there is an actual swing oil out on the market called, you guessed it, swingOIL.
Now here’s the thing about swingOIL, it’s a combination of herbal supplements. So if you aren’t into that kind of thing then, by all means, stick to your preferred methods of muscle relaxation and joint lubrication.
For those that are into the herbal scene or are willing to give it a shot, I won’t be telling you that swingOIL will absolutely, 100% work for you and aid in preventing those aches and pains you endure before, during, and after a round of golf.
From my personal experience, I’ve found the elixir helps. I’ve done back to back days at the range that involved about 150 balls each and felt no fatigue or soreness. I’ve walked 18 and had no issues with my knees. I have both a wrist and elbow that endured years of torture on the baseball field that haven’t caused me issues as of late, either.
But let me tell you what it’s made of and what those ingredients are intended to do for you. And you can decide for yourself if it’s worth a try.
Cool. Let’s get started.
- GLUCOSAMINE – You may have heard of this one before. It’s actually created by the body to maintain the health of the cartilage in our joints. The problem is, as we get older, we make less of it. This can often lead to issues with our elbows and knees as we age. Lots of people take glucosamine as a supplement specifically to relieve mild to moderate arthritis. So basically, this is included in swingOIL to help lubricate our joints.
- CHONDROITIN – This is basically glucosamine’s cousin. But one of those cousins where they could almost be siblings. In other words, they have lots of similarities and where you find one, you typically find the other. Chondroitin is also found in our cartilage. And it’s taken as a stand-alone supplement for similar reasons people take glucosamine. So this would be more lubrication of those aching joints of ours.
- TURMERIC – Turmeric is one of these Eastern medicine miracle plants. This thing is basically used for everything. In our case, turmeric provides us help with any arthritis as well as basic joint pain and inflammation.
- TAURINE – The first three ingredients were all about our swing. Now we’re moving into energy, recovery, and focus. Taurine is something our body naturally creates. But sometimes we could use a bit more of it. It’s often used to help with mental focus and as an energy boost.
- CITRULLINE MALATE – A quick google of citrulline malate will get you a whole bunch of GNC and bodybuilding links. The reason it’s so popular with that crowd is because it promotes muscle recovery. Many of us will think back to the days of creatine. The difference here is it’s much more natural and is produced within melons and apples. And while it’s just started making its way into the states, it’s been being used in Europe for about twenty years. Nevertheless, this little ingredient will make it that much easier to play on back-to-back days.
- GINSENG EXTRACT – Another popular herb with fans of Eastern medicine. Among its many uses, ginseng has been known to improve a one’s ability to concentrate. Which we could all use a little bit more of when standing over the ball.
- RHODIOLA ROSEA EXTRACT – Last but not least, our old pal, Rhodiola Rosea. Rhodiola is yet another miracle plant used to treat all kinds of issues. For the golfer, it can come in handy as a so-called “adaptogen”. An adaptogen helps the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress. In other words, it’s going to help you relax.
And there you have it. That’s what swingOIL is basically made of. It may seem like a lot, but keep in mind a pouch is just three ounces and none of the herbs exceed 100mg in a single serving.
And, thankfully, they’ve found a way to combine all seven of these ingredients and still make it not impossible to ingest. Rather, they’ve got three flavors to choose from: orange, lemon-lime, and strawberry-banana. Thus far orange is my clubhouse leader, but I feel strawberry-banana, when frozen, can give it a run for its money on a sweltering day on the course.
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