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Dr. Matthew Lanum, Certified PGA Tour Chiropractor
How to Improve Your Golf Game and Avoid Injury
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Golfers, recreational, amateur, and collegiate are
playing more and training harder. They are also looking
for that missing link in their arsenal to improve their
game and prevent injuries.
On the golf course physical exertion is repetitive.
A golfer will attempt up to 50 violent swings one every
5 to 10 minutes or so while playing 18 holes.
The average amateur will swing a club 80-100 miles
per hour. On the driving range, the stress is rapid and
relentless. The golfer will swing at 80-100 balls in
a half hour and will usually practice up to two hours.
With approximately 28 million American golfers playing
golf there has been a significant increase in injuries,
mainly low back injuries followed by left wrist and left
shoulder (McCarrol et al 1982).
During the golf swing, the lumbar spine (lower back)
is subjected to forces of lateral bending, anteroposterior
shearing, compression, and rotation. The lumbar
spine of the amateur, however, undergoes significantly
more loading than that of a professional. Compressive
forces were approximately 8 times the body weight
of the amateur. Professionals use less effort while
performing the trunk coiling and uncoiling.
Low handicappers have more efficient swing patterns
then high handicappers.
There are three keys to good ball striking:
1. Good Kinematic Sequence
2. Good Segmental Stabilization
3. Center Face Contact
Poor ball striking is due to the following:
1. Poor Mechanics
2. Poor Conditioning
3. Poor Equipment
The normal swing pattern needs to be efficient
and repeated. The amateur golfer has a difficult
time repeating the kinematic sequence necessary
for a good golf swing.
What can alter a normal swing pattern?
The Four T’s:
1. Trauma: Accidents, Posture, Repetitive Injury
2. Thoughts: Stress, Anxiety, Mental Collapse
3. Toxins: Diet, Air Quality, Alcohol and other Drugs
4. Technique: Poor Learned Skills, Muscle Patterns
The normal pattern has a Stability/Mobility Alternating
Pattern. If this pattern is altered dysfunction and
compensation will occur leading to injury which leads
to poor golf performance and or the inability to play.
The normal pattern is as follows:
Foot=Stable, Ankle=Mobile, Knee=Stable,
Hip=Mobile, Pelvis/Lumbar Spine=Stable,
Thoracic Spine/Ribs=Mobile and Scapula=Stable.
Mobility is the combination of proper joint range of
motion and proper muscular flexibility. This is crucial
for proper mechanics and injury prevention. Mobility
allows you to move in all degrees of motion without
having to sacrifice stability. Stability is defined as the
ability of the musculoskeletal system to remain
unchanged or aligned in the presence of change or
outside forces. Stability is created by combining three
things: Balance, Strength, and Muscular Endurance.
The Pain Free Golf Program
uses the same
assessment procedures used on the PGA Tour Players
to identify breakdowns in mobility and stability.
The results provide specific information used to
correct the breakdown in the normal swing pattern.
Correcting the muscle breakdown, joint dysfunction
and mobility/stability dysfunction will improve the
golfer’s ability to repeat the proper swing pattern.
This will lead to improved golf play and less injury.
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