Golf Conditioning & Physio
Suitable for golf enthusiasts or professionals of any age or ability.
Avid golf players often suffer from back, shoulder, hip, and knee pain or stiffnes. It is estimated that around 50 percent of golf related injuries can be prevented by short regular conditioning movements targeting the relevant muscles and joints.
Golf is a physical game, demanding strength, flexibility and endurance from those who participate in the sport, it creates a constant struggle between the mind i.e. analysis, alertness, logic and intuition, long term memory.
What are the practical benefits of yoga for my sport.
The power of an adult with the flexibility of a child.
In the case of golf there are a few key muscle groups that can make or break a good swing, don’t be discouraged by this seemingly long list, the chances are you will only have one or two issues that need working on and therefore a short program to target these key areas. I have developed simple programs that consume very little time, so are easy to fit into your day, you may be surprised at how a few easy exercises each day can take care of and condition so much in a short period of time.
there are four muscles around this joint, space in the joint and a balance between flexibility and strength with this group will increase or lengthen top of the back swing and also improve club control
Latissimus Dorsi:extends, adducts and rotates the humerus (upper arm) medially.
Internal and external Obliques: flex, rotate and side bend trunk, essential.
Rhomboids: adducts and pulls scapula or shoulder blade towards the spine, this along with the latissimus dorsi and Internal and external Obliques, can seriously affect the range of your back-swing plane in the twisting action.
Upper body to lower back
Sacrospinalis: Extension, lateral flexion and rotation of vertibral column; lateral movement of pelvis. Bending backwards, sideways and twisting spine. All muscle groups are important but sacro- spinalis maybe more so, its condition or lack of can leave us with very bad posture, this muscle group starts at the sacrum and ilium, and runs all the way up the spine with origins and insertions on the sacrum, crest of the ilium, traverse processes and ribs, spinous process, and the flat occipital bone that forms the back of the skull
Hips and lower back
Quadratus Lumborum: lateral flexion of torso. Lower back stability
Iliopsoas: flexes thigh, aids slightly in lateral rotation, this muscle and the piriformis can also be a causal factor in shooting pains down through the legs or leg, these muscles often become tight due to crossing legs or being in seated positions for extended periods of time.
After long hours working behind a desk or driving long distances for those meetings the muscle structures and joints in the pelvic region can become tight and stiff so its essential for Golfers to work on exercises that open up the hip area, stiffness in the hips can travel down the gluteal muscles and hamstrings this affects the knees, as well as the upper back and shoulders. Strong, flexible hips will go a long way towards ensuring a stress and injury free game of golf.
hamstrings and quads: our legs are our foundations, I shan’t bore you going into the anatomy concerning the legs but I am sure all are aware and understand that good solid foundations are the key to success in all parts of our lives
- Develop greater balance, coordination, stability and strength
- Improve your flexibility and range of motion
- Hit the ball further
- Gain greater control over the swing
- Minimize risk of injury