Maximise Your Golf Swing with These 10 Simple Exercises and Stretches to do Before a Game
Golf injuries can get in the way of your game, so it’s important to know what you can do to prevent them. As a sport that has you performing repeated swings to the same side several times per session, it’s key that your body is well prepared for the movements by doing appropriate exercises and stretches. It’s also vital that your swings are done with proper form and posture in order to prevent pains and injuries that will not only keep you from enjoying the sport, but will also affect performance on the Golf course and hinder your ability to do even the most simple activities in your daily life.
Dr Kevin Tomassini is a USA board-certified Chiropractor with a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certification. The TPI Certification program is an evidence-based, educational pathway designed to teach industry professionals how to increase player performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing. We've asked him to share practices that you can engage in to maximize your golf swings and up your golf game without any pain!
Common Problems for Golfers
Understanding the common issues that Golfers face is important so that you know what telltale signs of discomfort to look out for.
Your rotator cuff is made up of muscles and tendons that keep the ball (head) of your upper-arm bone (humerus) in your shoulder socket. It also helps you raise and rotate your arm. Rotator Cuff injuries may commonly occur due to a traumatic injury, however, for Golfers, it's more common for the injury to occur as a result of gradual degeneration from the intense shoulder motions which power a golf swing.
Knee injuries are another common issue that Golfers will experience. These typically occur because of the poor lower back mobility that some Golfers may have. Poor lower back mobility causes you to overcompensate with the use of your knees causing excessive friction and damage to the cartilage and ligaments.
Exercising Proper Golf Posture
Exercising proper golf posture is essential to ensure that you are striking the ball consistently, accurately and powerfully.
C-Posture is an improper golf posture and is the excessive rounding of the upper back.
S-Posture is also an improper golf posture and is characterized by arching the lower back too much.
Both postures can be corrected by physically adjusting to a more neutral spine.
Exercises and Stretches for Golfers
Whether you’re a beginner Golfer just getting into the swing of the game, an amateur, or an avid player of the sport, engaging in good practices are necessary for injury prevention and performance optimization.
Try these 10 simple exercises and stretches that you can do to maximize your golf swings!
Thoracic Rotation with Hip Stabilization
This exercise increases the stability, strength and range of motion for muscles within the rotator cuff to prevent injury.
Disclaimer: If you're currently experiencing any pain or injuries, please consult a relevant professional as this general information is not intended to replace professional advice.
Featured Contributor Bio: Dr Kevin Tomassini
Dr. Kevin Tomassini, a USA board certified Doctor of Chiropractic with a background in fitness, has been providing his chiropractic services in Singapore since 2013. His qualifications include; Doctor of Chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic, Masters in Social and Economic Development from Universidad Centro Villa Real, Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness from Parker College of Chiropractic, and Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from University of Puerto Rico.
A strong believer in functionality, he practices integrative corrective spinal care on his patients through the use of Chiropractic combined with nutritional consultancies and exercise prescription.
On top of that, he subscribes to the belief that knowledge is power, and one can find him delivering a variety of fitness and wellness related topics and events at schools and organisations.
Prior to becoming a Chiropractor, Dr. Tomassini was a Track and Field athlete, worked as a fitness trainer and a Physical Education teacher. He is passionate about fitness, surfing, traveling, food, and music!