Golf Swing Analysis
By Jon Stiffler, PTA/Sports Center Manager
Golf Swing Analysis
A golf swing can put a lot of stress on one’s body due to the explosive nature of the swing. A golf swing uses the entire body with each swing. Because of this a golf swing can lead to many different types of pain or injuries. Over time the stress of a golf swing can lead to injuries such as:
- Neck pain or injuries.
- Back pain or injuries.
- Golfer’ elbow (lateral epicondylitis).
- Tennis elbow (medial epicondylitis).
- Wrist injuries.
- Hand and finger injuries.
- Hip pain or injuries.
- Knee pain or injuries.
- Foot/ankle pain or injuries.
Gold Swing Biomechanics
There are an infinite number of ways to swing a golf club. No one’s golf swing is identical, nor should it be identical.
There is one efficient way to perform a golf swing and this is to follow the kinetic sequence essential for proper transfer of energy in both the backswing and downswing. By properly sequencing the kinetic sequence one can reduce the stress a golf swing puts on one’s body and reduce risk of future/further injuries.
Things that can limit the proper kinetic sequence of a golf swing are things such as decreased range of motion of the lower extremities, decreased range of motion of the upper extremities, decreased spinal mobility in the neck and back, decreased core strength, and decreased lower extremity strength. Should there be deficits in these areas, these deficits must be addressed in order to allow for the proper kinetic sequence in order to decrease the stresses of a golf swing.
It is so important to remain flexible in order to play golf and other sports. The hamstring muscles are one of the most important muscles for flexibility. If the hamstrings are tight, they attach to your pelvis and can cause you to go into extension of the spine. This can place stress on the low back. Tight hamstrings are the number one cause of low back pain in golfers. Here are a few ways to stretch your hamstrings:
Rotation Stretching for Golf
Obviously, the golf swing is basically a rotation of the upper body at your hips and pelvis. It is important to do some rotation stretching or warm ups before you start your game. These stretches may help:
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