HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SWING?
SIMPLE: IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE, THIS WILL IMPROVE YOUR RANGE OF MOTION, FLEXIBILITY AND OVERALL STRENGTH. (WELL, THE CONCEPT IS SIMPLE). THE NEXT STEP IS TO LEARN HOW TO DO IT AND PUT IT INTO PRACTICE
Some obstacles we may find to get to that awesome swing:
· Back PAIN: the most common golf injury. Golfers spend hours in a bent position while applying pressure to the spine and back muscles.
· ELBOW TENDONITIS Aka: golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis), it causes soreness and inflammation on the outer tendon or on the inner tendon of the elbow.
· ROTATOR CUFF OR SHOULDER PAIN: Golfers can develop tendinitis, bursitis and shoulder separation from the repetitive movements.
· KNEE PAIN: Strain on a weak knee to stabilize the hip rotation at the beginning of the swing can cause severe knee pain. Extreme force applied on the knee can cause torn or sprained ligaments and kneecap injuries.
· WRIST INJURIES: Golfers' most common wrist injury is tendinitis.
GOLF INJURY PREVENTION
“Good” Posture is the state of muscular balance which protects the supporting structures of the body against injury or progressive deformity irrespective of the attitude (erect, lying, squatting, or stooping) in which these structures are working or resting. Under such conditions the muscles will function most efficiently and the optimum positions are afforded for the thoracic and abdominal organs.
Flexibility may be the single most important factor in making a successful golfer. A compact, powerful swing is defined by the relationship of shoulder to hip rotation. Stiff shoulders, tight hips, and stubborn hamstrings do little in helping you achieve this ideal swing. What's more, lack of flexibility can also limit your distance off the tee. Power is the consequence of flexibility. Flexibility allows for full range of motion, which allows you to reach maximum potential in strength.
RANGE OF MOTION is important in a good golf swing to be able to move with freedom and speed. Having a body that is capable of this type of movement means that more power can be generated and a more consistent and reliable swing can be created. One important part of having a free and powerful golf swing is to make sure that your body has normal range of motion in its joints. Range of motion is how far you can move individual joints in different directions and it is important that your movement is in the normal range for each joint. If your range of motion is not in the normal range you need to stretch the particular joint to increase the movement.
“Poor/Bad” Posture is a faulty relationship of the various parts of the body which produces increased strain on the supporting structures and in which there is less efficient balancer of the body over its base of support.