Golf & Injury Prevention

By Keith Corbin, DPT

Nearly every professional golfer has their own team of medical & training experts including physical therapists to provide them pre/post round treatment in order to stay fit and at their peak week after week. Most recreational golfers demonstrate physical limitations that lead to some type of mechanical breakdown which ultimately affects their golf game. You may be experiencing inadequate strength, flexibility deficits, or joint pain & inflammation. These impairments will greatly impact your ability to swing a golf club with optimal efficiency. Our staff at Southland Physical Therapy has the experience and knowledge to help you treat your individual impairments and work together to improve your golf game!

We will help design and implement a personalized exercise program that will address and resolve the physical limitations that may cause you to swing inefficiently. By implementing a strength, conditioning, and neuromuscular workout to your program, this will help you develop a “muscle memory” to your golf swing so that you can be more consistent with your game.

Understanding the mechanics behind your golf swing is important. Here are some tips for a better swing which may also help prevent golf injuries. Try to:

  • Use proper posture. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and rotated slightly outward, and with your knees slightly bent. Hold your spine relatively straight; your trunk should be tilted forward, but most of that movement should come from your hips. Avoid hunching over the ball, which may contribute to neck and back strain.
  • Stay smooth. The power of a golf swing comes from force transferred smoothly through all the muscle groups, from your ankles to your wrists. If you depend on one part of your body for your hitting power, you may be more prone to injuries. For example, overemphasizing your wrists during your swing can lead to golfer's elbow — a strain of the muscles on the inside of the forearm.
  • Don't overswing. If you swing the club too hard or too fast, you may stress your joints. Relax and take a nice, easy swing at the ball. The best golfers have consistent — not necessarily fast — swing tempos.

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