We can agree, golf is one of the best and most frustrating sports. Every golfer is constantly looking for the upper hand in lowering their score; a new club, new shaft, different grip, etc. The biomechanics of the true golf swing and the conditioning of the player is commonly overlooked. Up to 10 times a person’s body weight in compressive forces are exerted on the spine during the golf swing. A repetitive inefficient swing can lead to shorter drives, chunked chips, biffed putts, higher scores, and often injury. Let’s look at your body as a machine, and make your friends jealous of your lowering handicap.
As cliche as it may sound, everything in the body is connected, and as golfers, we demand a lot from our muscles, joints, and ligaments. A full range of motion will help relax your swing, improve accuracy, and in turn improve your consistency. If you can improve your flexibility and stability, you become a more powerful and more consistent golfer. That full range of motion comes from proper joint mobility. Chiropractic adjustments aim to increase joint range of motion and correct muscle imbalances, bringing more strength and stability to ensure lasting performance. Therapeutic exercises combat adaptive muscle shortening, whilst keeping neuronal connections strong, treating and preventing injury, and improving functionality and joint longevity. With proper muscle balance, targeted stretching can help you build up control over your swing and unlock the power you already have. It’s always great to add resistance or strength training when focusing on clubhead speed, but without flexibility, you will not have the range of motion to properly implement any power gains.
Our goals with every golfer are simple:
- Eliminate upper and lower back pain so you never have to miss another round with friends.
- Focus on increasing your range of motion and develop greater hip and shoulder turn to add more power and faster clubhead speed.
- Accelerate recovery and feel better day-to-day, both on and off the course.
- Enjoy playing golf again!
Golfers everywhere, including 75% of touring pros, are discovering how Chiropractic can help their game. There’s a reason for a chiropractor to be on the PGA Tour medical staff, serving as the on-site chiropractor for 145 players. A recent study reported that up to 85 percent of injuries on the PGA Tour and Senior Tour relate to the spine. Zach Johnson, Jordan Speith, Brooks Koepka, and Tiger Woods have all attributed their ability to continue to play to chiropractic care.
If you’re a golfer looking for some improvements in your game or new to the game and want to start out with extra confidence, call us at (248) 265-3330.
Source: Costa SM, Chibana YE, Giavarotti L, et al. Effect of spinal manipulative therapy with stretching compared with stretching alone on full-swing performance of golf players: a randomized pilot trial. J Chiropr Med. 2009;8(4):165-170. doi:10.1016/j.jcm.2009.06.002