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Biomechanics and your Golf Swing

Earlier in the year, our osteopath Daniel Wood became a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified expert. A keen golfer himself, he decided to gain more expertise about a sport he loves. Over the course of the year, he will regularly blog about different biomechanical aspects of your golf swing.

The first in this Golf series is about the implications of having a flexed middle/upper back on your golf swing. If you sit at work most of your day and play golf then read on; he has some advice for you.

Is sitting at the desk all day hurting your golf swing?

In this era of more sedentary and desk-bound work at computers, smart phones and tablets, we are now flexing our spine forward for sustained periods of time. This can lead to the development of kyphotic posture due to our muscles and joints adapting to this forward position.

It is prevalent among the general population including golfers; just have a look at your playing partners as they set-up at the tee.  TPI conducted a study of 423 professional and amateur golfers assessing their posture in the set-up position. 33.1% were found to address the ball in a C-posture/Kyphotic posture.

If your posture is kyphotic, the following biomechanical limitations will likely occur during swing:

  • Your shoulder rotation is limited and your trunk rotation decreases
  • Your neck needs to extend to keep your eyes on the ball
  • There is less ability to control the movement of the scapulae on the thoracic wall
  • Your abdominal muscles aren’t able to contract optimally because they are shortened
  • This can lead to an increase in strain on joints/muscles, less efficient transfer of power through to the ball on impact; and perhaps worst of all, pain.

There are other factors that can contribute to poor posture over the ball. They are:

  • Clubs that are too short
  • Poor understanding of correct posture
  • Standing too far away from the ball   

An assessment by an osteopath can help find the underlying cause of your postural problem and includes:

  • a detailed golf and medical history (previous injuries, general health, daily activities, years playing golf, prior coaching, handicap etc)
  • thorough examination of the way your entire body moves throughout a golf swing with identification of problem areas
  • functional strength and mobility testing

After this thorough assessment, Daniel can then come up with a plan to help you improve your game. With a combination of techniques addressing strength and mobility his aim is to keep you on the course longer by reducing risk of injury, as well as hitting the ball cleaner by optimising your transfer of power.

Come in today and get a TPI certified screen of your entire body to assess the best way to improve your body function and golf swing.