The sun and the temperature have steadily been increasing which means one thing, golf season is back! Now that you are able to get back out onto the course, let’s talk about a few stretches and exercises that you can add to your routine to make sure that you are able to make the most of your season while improving your game.
Golf is typically viewed as a low-intensity, relaxing outdoor sport. During golf, our bodies are not subjected to the same stress as basketball or running a marathon. That being said, every sport comes with the risk of injury and golf is no different. Amateurs and professionals alike can have golf seasons ruined as a result of a golf-related injury. What many people may not realize, however, is that physical therapists are trained to help you after an injury and prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.
Golf season is upon us. With most of the country experiencing warmer weather, golfers are looking to book tee times and start practicing at the range. Golf can be a great activity for people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and get some light exercise. Unfortunately, a nagging ache or pain in the Spring can evolve into a full-blown injury. Nothing can derail a summer season of golf faster than a painful swing.
Wrist injuries in golf occur in several predictable ways. They can generally be categorized into a few categories; inflexibility, overuse, and impact. In this blog, we will take a look at those three categories and provide target exercises to prevent injuries.
Every golfer out there is always looking for ways to improve their game. Whether they look to practice their short game, work to improve the consistency of their drives, or try to improve their chipping ability, the work never stops. Strength training is one “easy” way these golfers can improve their game. Most understand the importance of improving hip and leg strength to help drive power into their swing, but the upper body is equally as important to help drive power and control gains. Thus, it is important to improve upper body strength to prepare for your best swing. This workout will help increase club head speed, improve control, reduce injury risk, and prepare your body for the forces applied during a golf swing. These workouts will target the large force generators and stabilizers of the upper body portion of the golf swing. Since this is a strength workout, the best gains will be made by using weights. This workout should be performed once per week for each specific exercise listed.
You’ve made the turn. You have a score that says you might just be having the round of your life. A few practice swings and the 10th fairway will be your chipping mat. Driver’s out of the bag, glove on, and the ball teed up nice and high. You start shaking off the memories of the chunked sand shot on the last hole and set up to take a few practice swings. The first one feels good. You step up and swing for the fences. In a moment, your shoulder hurts, your face cringes, and you cleared that fence right into the HOA president’s pool.
“If I just got into the weightroom four times a week and lifted a bunch of weights, I’d be driving the ball 300 yards like the pros!” Raise your hand if you have ever had that thought run through your head. The funny thing about the best drivers and ball strikers on the PGA tour is that some of them look like they haven’t seen the inside of a weightroom in years, yet they still hit it straight and far. The reason is that brute strength is far less important than timing and control in the golf swing. Thankfully, you don’t need bumper plates and kettlebells to get another few yards.
Power or mobility? Range of motion or strength? As you begin to adapt your body for better performance on the golf course this spring, you need to figure out first what you need. This article will discuss the major stumbling blocks that I see the most with patients. These corrections are great for getting out of a chair the following day after a round of golf. They can also increase your power off the tee or on approach.