PLAY BETTER BY MOVING BETTER
Updated: Feb 8
Forget the clubs. Improve your most valuable piece of equipment this year: YOUR BODY.
With spring here, you have already shined up your clubs and cleaned out your bag. But now it’s time for some spring cleaning on your body. Hopefully you have been engaging in other sports over the Canadian winter so your base golf ﬁtness is at par. If not, start today by getting out there and walking or lightly jogging.
Other than your base ﬁtness, improving the mobility of your joints is an important area to focus on at this time of year.
Two paramount areas of the body to have optimal mobility in are the hips and the thoracic spine. A kink in the golf kinetic chain, caused by a restriction or tightness in the hips or the thoracic spine, leads to an inefficiency of energy transfer, increased compensations both physically and technically (risking injury) and will reduce your golf performance.
The range of motion we desire in the hips is 45 degrees of rotation in both the internal and external direction.
A physical deﬁcit of hip rotation often leads to over rotation in the lower back in order to achieve the desired range of body rotation/ coil in the swing. This leads to unwanted compression and torsion in the spine.
Physical limitations in hip mobility usually lead to signiﬁcantly poor swing mechanics, such as slide or sway.
Ideally we are looking for greater than 60 degrees of thoracic spine rotation in both directions and symmetry in the range would be preferred. This allows for proper sequencing in the swing to generate separation and coil between the lower and upper body (X Factor).
If the golfer’s range of motion in the trunk is limited, he or she is at much higher risk of developing shoulder pain due to injuries, such as rotator tendonitis in the trail shoulder during the backswing and the lead shoulder during the downswing.
In terms of swing mechanics, often a golfer with a stiff thoracic spine will look to his or her shoulder girdle to compensate for the lack of range in the trunk. This typically leads to a steeper swing and coming off-plane during the backswing.
Our physio team at Flo Physiotherapy in Penticton are the highest certified golf physiotherapists in Canada. We are Medical Level 3 TPI certified with Titleist and are the lead physiotherapists and Strength & Conditioning experts for Golf Canada.
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