Preparing the Golfer for Exercise

Since the rise of Tiger Woods in the mid-nineties, a new breed of golfers now occupy the professional circuit. Those that were already on the circuit, have started to sit up and take notice that there was more, much more, to golf than just being able to hit a nice looking golf shot.

You see pre Tiger Woods, it was fair to say the majority of golfers just practiced and played the game of golf. Now don’t get me wrong there were some fantastic players over the years (who’s records still stand and whose legends will go on) but their focus and their attention were placed mainly on the golf shots and less about the bodies that ultimately executed those golf shots. We have now hit the new era of the fitter, healthier, more athletic and psychologically enhanced golfer.

As a result of this new breed of golfer amongst the professional circuit, there has been a huge rise of so many golf related (and particular core) exercise programs designed to help us mere golfing mortals hit the ball further and more consistently.

This article is not designed to depreciate the value of these programs in anyway, just merely to highlight the fact that each exercise in any of these golf related exercise programs have a place BUT the body may not yet be adequately prepared to do them in the suggested fashion.

You wouldn’t build a house from the roof down as the roof has no form of support unless you build from the foundations up.

Our bodies are no different!

If biomechanically we are unsound, then we can do all the core work in the world, however, all we do is cement our biomechanical flaws and not correct them.

Research shows that if you have biomechanical ailments, then our core will not and cannot activate to its full potential. A number of researchers have shown this, including professor’s of biomechanics Twomey and Taylor in Australia and Professors Stuart McGill in Canada. This will ultimately still leave our backs feeling vulnerable and open to injury, so although we may be exercising to get our backs stronger, if our back is not working mechanically well, it will still be vulnerable. So as a result our small stability based muscles switch off and our large global muscles (the big ones that move us and produce the golf swing) have to act as stabilisers to help enhance stability of the spine and other surrounding joints. The outcome is actually reduced power, distance and inconsistency of swing, as well as an unprotected spine.

The lesson….

Build a golf swing on a biomechanically sound structure, then enhance the core to maintain that structure.

About Michael Andreou

Biomechanics Coach, Sports Therapist & Personal Trainer
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