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Did you know that back pain is the most commonly reported golf related injury?
The golf swing itself places considerable strain on your spine. Coupled with poor address posture which causes us to "hunch" over the ball, our backs are susceptible to injury. Correct address posture can help reduce your chance of suffering a low back injury from golf.
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Improve Your Golf Address Posture and Improve Your Game!
Golf season is in full swing (poor pun intended!) right now, but as any avid golfer knows, there is always room for improvement in your swing. Try the following drill at home to get your address posture to look like the pros! Improved posture decreases options of movement which helps to increase consistency within the golf swing. A lack of flexibility and/or weakness anywhere in your hips, spine, ankles, or chest/shoulders can have a detrimental effect on a golfers' posture. A good golf swing starts at address, so proper posture at address is integral to a consistent golf swing. Try the "Club Test" to check your posture.
Place a club along your spine as shown. Pull your stomach in so your low back is not arching away from the club. Squat Slightly at the hips and knees.
your spine straight (head and back against the club), bend forward from your hips. If you feel your upper back move away from the club, you are not bending from the hips. Bring the club down in front of you and now you are in the proper address position.
Practice this drill once a day for five minutes (in front of a mirror if possible) for a month and you will see improvements in your setup position.
McKenzie Method for Spinal Pain
Also know as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), the Mckenzie Method is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education for back, neck, and extremity problems. The key distinction is its initial assessment component - a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Rarely are expensive tests required. Certified MDT clinicians have a valid indicator to know right away whether (and how) the method will work for each patient.
Several of our offices have Mckenzie trained and/or Certified MDT clinicians on staff. Call to set up your assessment today.
Exercises to Help Your Golf Address Posture
As mentioned in the section about address posture above, poor flexibility and/or weakness in any area of the body can make it difficult to achieve ideal address position. Below are a few simple exercises that may help.
The following stretch should be performed daily for 6-8 repetitions holding for up to 30 seconds per repetition.
Lie on your back, keeping the back flat and your eyes focused upward. Grasp the back of one thigh with both your hands and (leg bent) pull that thigh into a 90-degree position vs. the floor. Then slowly straighten your knee. After you've gotten used to doing this exercise, you can achieve a better stretch by pulling your thigh closer to your chest-but don't overdo it!
Chest/Anterior Shoulder Stretch
Hold this stretch for up to 10 seconds. Repeat 6-8x. perform this once daily and prior to your next round of golf.
Hold a towel or golf club behind your back. Extend both arms back as shown while also pinching shoulder blades together until you feel a stretch in the front of your arms and chest. Hold as indicated above and return to your start position. This particular stretch can be done several times during a round of golf.
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