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Is golf a leisure sport? Is it physically demanding? Are golfers real athletes? In my view it is an
explosive game with certain physical fitness components as pre-requisites. A golfer needs stability
in some body parts & mobility in neighboring segments in alternate fashion. Restriction of mobility
in the desired mobile segment leads to compromise in stability of neighboring body segments.
For example, reduced thoracic spine
rotation can be compensated by
extension in the lumbar spine during
golf swing. This is one of the prime
causes of low back pain in golfers.
Similarly, reduced hip joint rotation
may lead to compromise in knee
stability or Pelvis tilts (anterior).
compensation cause inefficient swing
and may lead to injury. The more golf
swings with ineffective body, the
higher the risk of injury.
As a result you are compelled to stay
away from your favorite game. A Golfer is concerned about correct swing, Long distance short,
Injury free game. A golf pro can point out flaws that will likely reduce stress on the lower back and
joints. Poor swing mechanics is a primary cause in golf injuries. A golf professional can improve
your swing and lessen your chance of injury. Buying more equipment or trying to make a swing
work with an ineffective body is not going to make the swing perfect.
Do you really work upon physical components which affect your swing ? Some of the most
important Physical Parameters are:
Postures: S-Posture, C-Posture
Ability of dissociation i.e. ability to move upper body independent of lower body and vice
There is no magic or shortcuts to achieve above components of fitness.
Please don't ignore any pain, get it checked out. It could be something simple, but it also could be
something more serious. Don't make it worse by trying to play through the pain.
Athletes work on their bodies to reach their true potential. Why wouldn't you? Start focusing on the
physical aspect of the game and not only the technical. The technical aspect will fall right into place
with your newfound fitness for golf abilities.
We can assess these parameters as guided by TPI (Titlist Performance Institute). Based on the
evaluation, exercises are prescribed along with manual therapy done by Our Sports
Physiotherapist (TPI certified level -2).
All these efforts will automatically translate into improved swing and golf performance.
Happy & injury free golfing!!!
TPI-M2 ,Sports Physiotherapist