Spring is in the air and that means golf season is right around the corner. As well as checking your clubs over, now is the time to make sure your body is fit for the demands of the game.
Did you know that the golf swing is one of the most complex movements in sports? To generate a proficient swing requires the body to be flexible in some areas while stable and strong in others. For example, poor shoulder rotation is often the cause of an open club face at impact resulting in a slice. By working on improving shoulder mobility, significant improvement in your ball flight pattern can be achieved.
For the lower body, exercises for stability and core strength will help your long game by giving you the support and power to increase club head speed. Proper movement is also key to preventing the low back and shoulder injuries that seem to plague golfers.
The Golf fit program offered at Sherwood Park Sports Physiotherapy begins by testing each golfer on a complete set of movements developed by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) www.mytpi.com, a golf industry leader in exercise and golf fitness programs.
From the results, our TPI certified therapist then designs an exercise program specific to the individual comprised of stretches and exercises necessary to correct that person’s deficiencies.Golf fit is beneficial for golfers of all ages and handicaps. Exercise programs and modifications are especially beneficial to those that have struggled with past injuries or have undergone total hip or knee surgery.
The key to a successful golf season is to start now.Golf fit and the TPI movement screen allow everyone to complete the same early session testing and training as the best golfers in the world. So come on in and let us put together a great preseason program. You have nothing to lose but more golf balls.
The exercises below are key in developing the upper back mobility needed for a great golf swing. They can be performed every day and should not produce any pain.