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Pain Free Golf Program:

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:

Efficiency Breakdowns:

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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