As simple as it may look from the outside, golf is actually
a very complex sport. The movements require strength,
flexibility, and precision.
Golfers commit to long hours on the course and driving
range to perfect their swing and sharpen their game.
However, it's common for golfers to experience aches,
pains, and stiffness that not only effects the quality of
their game but also the longevity.
All the golfers I know, want to continue playing for
decades more. It's an outlet for stress, opportunity for
community, and mini get away from real life. So how do
we ensure that pain doesn't limit movement that effects
your ability to play golf in the future. . . and even
improve your game TODAY?
Here are some powerful strategies that will help you hit
your golf ball farther, straighter, consistently and with
decreased risk of injury.
1. Warm up Properly
If you fail to warm up properly, you are setting
yourself up to fail. Ideally, warm up for 15 minutes
beginning with stretching, then hitting with a wedge
using a smooth slow swing. Work your way up to longer
clubs ending with the driver. Don't hit every club in the
bag, but also don't just work with one during warm up.
2. Stretch Daily
A regular stretching program can improve the range of
motion of your swing by up to 17 percent. The wide,
fluid movement that results will help you avoid injury
and relieve chronic joint pain.
3. Strengthen Appropriately
The most important muscles to strengthen to improve
your golf game are those in your back - the same ones
most likely to be injured. As we age our spine loses
strength, flexibility, and resilience. A good exercise
program will maintain the quality of your swing and
4. Fit Clubs Precisely
It’s helpful to see a professional club fitter as they will
fully understand your individual needs. Every golfer is
DIFFERENT in terms of size, age, gender and there lies
the problem with mass produced golf equipment, as it is
designed for a “standard” golfer
5. Practice Wisely
A lot of players go to the driving range and hit balls, but
not many go with a plan. You must work on the specific
positions and movements you need to improve. This is
how you ingrain that movement in your swing. You can
more closely simulate different shots on the golf course
by changing clubs every few swings and changing your
Bonus Tip: Get Physical Therapy!
Getting to see a hands-on specialist physical therapist
means you’re going to get very fast access to care that
will relax tight aching muscles, loosen stiff painful joints,
and help you strengthen your body so that you can go
back to playing the game you love.
At Peak Potential, our therapists specialize in functional
movement screening that focuses on isolating the
movement problems and faulty patterns in your body
that effect your game. Our orthopedic manual physical
therapists will set up a treatment plan unique to your
needs and based on the unique physical demands of
golf. Inquire HERE to see if physical therapy could
enhance your golf game and help you prevent injury.
The are all things that you can do TODAY to improve
your golf game with a decreased risk of injury. There’s
obviously so much you can do too, and I could go much
more in-depth on exercises, programs, and drills. But, if
you apply these fundamentals to your game with
discipline they will make a huge difference to the quality
and longevity of your golf game.
If these tips aren't enough to get you performing at your
best, discuss your specific needs and concerns with a
physical therapist today by clicking HERE.