Summer is on its way (ish) and there will soon be grass on the greens again and plenty of days to get yourself down to your favourite golf range! As we all know, golf requires a particular set of skills and with that, has its own particular set of associated benefits, risks and common issues. With that in mind, we have put together a list of our top golfer’s tips…
LOWER BACK PAIN
Lower back pain is, probably not surprisingly, the most common complaint that we are presented with by active golfers. This can be caused by posture, twisting of the trunk, lack of gluteal strength, or a mixture of these factors.
- Technique – if you suffer from chronic lower back pain related to golf, your technique is key. If your spine isn’t neutral, you are leaning too far forward or not flexing your knees enough; too much of your weight and too much of the force from your swing might be being absorbed by your lumbar spine.
- Hip flexibility – a lot of people generally don’t have the range of motion at the hip joints that we need to get ourselves into certain positions, due to spending a lot of our time seated. Improving the range of movement and flexibility in your hips will allow you to achieve a better loading posture and increase your range through your swing.
During a shot, a lot of force can be put through the shoulder and the shoulders can go through a lot of range. If you find it difficult to hit those distances you want with your driver, or you suffer from nagging aching after 12 holes, here are some pointers.
- Range of movement – particularly your medial rotation (getting your arm across the front of your body).
- Rotator cuff strength – strengthening your rotator cuffs will allow you to be strong through movements across, in front of and away from your body (like swinging a golf club).
Most people have heard of ‘tennis elbow’ and you might also have heard of ‘golfer’s elbow’. Golfer’s elbow identifies as medial pain in the elbow, caused by force or stress going through the wrist flexors (in the forearm) from gripping and swinging across the body.
- Grip – there are a lot of grip exercises that can help to improve the strength of your hand and forearm musculature.
If you feel this pain and it remains persistent, don’t play through it. See a therapist to loosen your wrist flexors and improve/regain the range of movement in your wrist and elbow joints.
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