62% of golfers suffer injury, causing an average of 5 weeks golfing lost per year, and experience injuries at a greater rate than most people realise.
Golf is a very lopsided sport, it puts uneven stresses on your body. When you practice your swing, you use the same muscles over and over. This repetitive one-sided action can lead to injury, muscle imbalances and faults such as slicing.
Even with the worlds best coaching, if you have a physical problem underlying a swing fault, you may understand what you are doing wrong, you may know what to do to make it better, but it does not happen.
Just imagine how much better your golf would be if your body worked to help your swing? Become more flexible in the right areas makes it easier to change your technique without having anything else to think about when you swing. By exercising smart you begin to use the body the way it is designed to be used, which gives you far more control and consistently.
Many exercises take about as long as brushing your teeth, the trick is knowing which ones are the right ones for you.
- Warm up. A quick warm up will help you to develop effortless power right from the first tee. Walk briskly for 5 minutes before play to heat the muscles you use during a match.
- Start loose. Areas which have suffered injury in the past need to be specifically loosened with some light strectches to prevent any further damage. Follow your stretches with a few practice swings using different clubs to help limber up.
- Stay loose. Because golf is a stop start sport, the muscles which you use most when you swing the club will stiffen with play, often causing muscle imbalances to develop which alter your swing path. Stretch during the game to loosen the areas which stiffen up.
- Stay stable. Your pelvis muscles help to power and control your swing path. This will give your swing stability and reduces the stress going through your lower back. Squeeze your buttocks together between golf holes and before you tee up to promote power.
- Improve your posture. Posture is a reflection of your golfing potential. If your shoulders are rounded forward, this will alter your ability to direct the swing path. Square your shoulders out as regularly as possible, lifting your chest bone up and avoid sitting slumped forward. Deep Tissue Massage will help to loosen the muscles which hold your shoulders in a rounded position.
- Loosen your middle back. When your middle back is loose, you will develop more wind up to power the club. By loosening here, there will be less stress directed into your lower back. Place your club behind your upper back and hook it into your elbows. Now twist your upper body, keeping your hip bones facing forward. This will loosen and stretch the middle back which will reduce the stress on your body and improve power.
Though these tips may help to improve your game, you may need extra help if your body isn't responding as well as it could. Come and see us if you're in doubt for a Golf Swingbuster Assessment and take control.