When most of us think about sports specific training, images of lifting heavy weights in the gym is our first thought, and having to spend $1000’s of dollars on specialist coaches and equipment. Then theres the TIME factor. When am I going to fit it in? For the majority of us, our chosen sport is for recreation and stress relief. Not a way to pay the mortgage. But very few of us think about mobility. Yes you may spend 5-10mins stretching AFTER activity, but this is a VERY different beast from mobility. Stretching DOES NOT increase your mobility. And for the golfing community, golf specific mobility should be a priority.
Here are 3 reasons why.
With each and every swing of the club you are taking your Shoulder, Spine and Hips are taken through great ranges of motion. Your ankles and knee’s to a lesser degree. If you are lacking range in any one of these area’s and then coupling that with force and power as you swing, it’s a recipe for an injury. Image trying to force your shoulder into a position it doesn’t want to go 70-80 times repetitively over a 2-3 hour period. It hurts me just thinking about it.
The goal should be to have MORE mobility than is required. This gives the body a bit of a buffer, so it’s not moving into end range of motion with each and every swing. Prevention is always better than cure. So protecting your joints, but ensuring they have good mobility will keep you on the greens for longer and out of the treatment office.
More mobility equals greater power! If we can increase the swing arc we can increase the power you can generate. And we can only increase the swing arc by maximising the mobility available thought-out the ankles knee’s, hips spine and shoulder. A few extra degrees of range can equal a greater club head speed which results in your ability to hit the ball harder and further! Simple maths.
Increase Swing Consistency
If you are unable to move your body through the ranges of motion required, this will result in compensation patterns. The body will always strive for the path of least resistance. Unfortunately this may not be the most efficient path, and it certainly not a consistent path. Sure you will be able to swing, but the inconsistency leads to not only the chance of injury but also frustration.
Ensuring you have good mobility, the body does not need to seek an alternative path, because the true swing IS the path of least resistance. And hence greater consistent swing.
Prioritising MOBILITY should be high up on your to do list when you are looking to improve your body for golf. This can be done simply in the comfort of your lounge room, on the practice tee or in your office. It’s knowing WHAT to do that is the key.
For golf specific mobility, you should focus on:
- Upper limb for healthy Wrists and Ankles
- Shoulders: for a full and pain free back swing
- Spinal Control: Ensures lower back health, and eyes down on the ball.
- Hips: – Important for a solid swing and healthy knee’s.
At Equilibrium Sports and Spinal clinic we thrive on helping Glen Iris locals who are suffering with mobility issues. Our Osteopaths service Malvern, Glen Iris, Ashburton, Toorak, South Yarra, Hawthorn and Caulfield. Let us help you improve your mobility and watch your golf handicap numbers tumble.
If you think you may need some help on improving your mobility, email us at [email protected] and Chris or resident golf guru will be in touch to answer your questions