Strength and conditioning is starting to take precedence within the golf world.
PGA players are starting to learn the importance of having a strong mobile body in order to put them in the best position to succeed on the course.
For most casual golfers, fitness is usually left on the backburner. The result? Injury rates are at an all-time high. Low back pain is the number one reason golfers stop playing. If you struggle with any type of pain, hitting balls and walking the course will continue to get more challenging and frustrating.
Luckily, there are options that’ll help you maintain your body’s health.
First, you should assess whether or not you have the prerequisite mobility necessary for swinging a golf club. Our body needs adequate spine, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle mobility. Limitations at any of these joints can alter your swing mechanics, making you less consistent, while increasing your risk of injury.
When trying to alleviate pain and improve mobility, most people tend to use passive approaches. Passive modalities, like stretching, yield passive results. While your flexibility may improve, your ability to actively move into that position (mobility) doesn’t. From a golf perspective, if you can’t actively rotate your thoracic spine more than 45 degrees, you’re not going to be able to during your swing.
There is a better way to build active mobility. Kinstretch is by far the best movement-based system out there to help achieve greater active ranges of motion.
As stated earlier, we need active range of motion to get into certain positions that replicate the golf swing. When thinking about movement this way, utilizing Kinstretch principles will be the most efficient way to achieve your mobility goals.
When we assess our golfers, our main focuses are the thoracic spine, shoulders, hips, foot, and ankle. If these joints move well, the rest of the body should follow suit. However, if one of these joints’ mobility is restricted, compensation occurs as well as an increase in the potential for injury.
Here are four mobility drills that we constantly prescribe to our golfers. Try them out to help better prepare your body for swinging a club.
1. Hip Sleeper PAILs and RAILs
2. T/Spine Rotation PAILs and RAILs
3. Shoulder External Rotation End Range Liftoffs
4. Toe Yoga
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