There is a real misconception out on the golf course how distance can be achieved through the golf swing.
Many people believe that the stronger you are, the longer you can hit the ball. So if the most important factor was how much a golfer could bench press then those who could bench press alot would be hitting the ball a mile. If you look at the players on the tour you will see that they do not have excessively overdeveloped muscles.
So what are they doing to create distance and consistency in their swing?
Functional strength plays a major role in golf as it not only assists in achieving distance but also improves accuracy, consistency and limits injury. So if you were a player who had functional strength you would have the edge in distance in most cases.
Any golfer who has taken lessons has experienced the frustration of not being able to get his/her body into position. This is not from the lack of understanding what your teaching professional has shown you, it has come about more from the body’s limitations to be able to move the body through it’s desired movements of the golf swing. Therefore the body will not be able to create the proper angles for the swing.
What is your goal when playing golf?
Is it to play pain free or is it to play to your full potential?
I believe it would be both!
So how can you play golf pain free and play to your full potential?
It is important that you have a golf program that incorporates movements that are specific to the golf swing. These movements are working on your functional strength so that you can maintain body positions and angles through the golf swing.
An example of poor functional strength which is a common problem with golfers, is the Set-Up Position. Most players have poor posture, their spine appears to be slumped and rounded forward in the shoulders and rounded in the lower back. Most golfers really don’t realize how slumped posture can affect the golf swing. The spine is unable to move forward and backward easily plus the shoulder blades and pelvis through their muscle connections are negatively affected. Therefore the hips and pelvis become limited in range of motion and there is a greater potential for injury.
The first step here is to ensure you have really good posture to begin your swing. Work on your set up and exercises that will support those muscles in that position.
Looking forward to hearing how you go!
To your golfing success,
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