So, what can you do to prevent injuries whilst playing golf?
Let's look at this from two perspectives:
1. What you can do on the day you are about to play a round of golf
The first thing to do on the day that you are going to play is to make sure that you warm up properly before you start your round. "Yeah, yeah whatever" you might say, but this is the biggest mistake that most golfers make. They don't warm up!
The benefits of warming up properly are immense!
First of all you improve your flexibility and also your strength, athleticism and speed of contraction, which means that you are going to hit the ball further with less risk of injury! Doesn't that sound great!
If somebody told you “I will show you how you can hit the ball 20 % further", would that grab your attention? Or if there was a driver that would make you hit the ball further, would you buy it?
I'm sure the answer is yes on both counts! If it is, then why don't you warm up next time before you play! It will make you hit the ball further, you will be less likely to get injured and you will save yourself £400 by not buying a new driver!
So, in summary, you should therefore:
2. What can you do in preparation for playing golf to prevent injuries?
You need to improve your core stability, flexibility and you need to do balance training. You also need to improve coordination and then think about improving strength and athleticism.
All these things are important, but it is also important to do it in the right order, otherwise risk of injury can increase.
Everybody should have a pre-shot routine, according to my PGA golf professional, all professional players have one, so we should all have one too. This is to make sure we remember to line up properly, grip the club correctly etc.
This is one example of a pre-shot routine:
I would suggest that your pre-shot routine should also include another step, which is 'posture check'.
You might have other steps in your pre-shot routine, but if you look at the previous pre-shot routine as an example, I would suggest that you change it to the following:
This postural change will put your body in a much better position to execute the golf swing. It will give you better mechanical advantage and reduce strain on certain parts of your body that are prone to injury.
If you make better use of the natural lever systems in the body you will get better mechanical advantage, which will mean that you get more power (= distance).
When you go through the postural check you will also, in a way, 'standardise' your position so you have the same, or more similar, position every time. That will give you more control, which in turn will help with your accuracy. You are less likely to hit the ball 'thin' or 'fat' (topping the ball or grounding the club).
And finally, the most important thing of all, you will be less likely to get injured, especially your spine, but also your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and ankles.
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