5 Areas of Golf Exercises That Can Improve Game

Golf Exercises to Improve Your Game 

By: JOI Sport Performance Team/ Greg Heeter, ATC

Over the past 15 years, the technology and information on human performance for the sport of golf has significantly improved. We now see players hitting balls longer, swinging clubs faster, controlling ball flights with more precision, and most importantly staying healthier. 

Thanks to the efforts of some golf and health/fitness professionals such as Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified professionals, even the recreational and amateur golfers have access to the same quality of instruction as the pros.

Scroll down to the bottom of the article to see the Top 5 areas of golf exercises that may help improve your golf game. 

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It has become a trend around the elite golfing community in recent years to employ TPI certified professionals as part of a team. This team consists of the golfer, the golf instructor, the fitness instructor, and the medical provider such as a Physical Therapist or a Certified Athletic Trainer. 

These individual professionals work together to perform screenings and analyze biomechanics in order to observe weaknesses, stability and mobility issues, along with movement patterns and swing characteristics to incorporate these findings to provide the right swing for each specific golfer.

It is advised to consult with a medical provider before beginning any new training regimen; especially if pain is associated with the swing and activities of daily life. A functional screen is a very useful tool to determine the restrictions/limitations and weaknesses for an individual person. 

From here the medical and fitness professionals can create a specific program to address the golfer’s needs, while the golf instructor can work with the individual on his swing mechanics by using drills and video feedback based on how the body moves and specific swing characteristics.

The Average Golfer 

Because the majority of people in the world have desk jobs or are sedentary for most of the working day, we tend to develop poor posture, joint and soft-tissue stiffness/tightness, as well as weak and inhibited muscle activity and poor physical conditioning. 

This is why screening the golfer prior to exercise is important, because your team may prescribe specific exercises and stretches to correct these deficits. 

Some of the more common issues observed in golfers, whether they be recreational or competitive are poor thoracic (mid back), hip and shoulder mobility/stability, as well as glute and core weaknesses. 

Each golfer may not present with all of the above. Even observing one of those failed tests may decrease performance on the course as well as cause pain and injury.

The average swing speed of a professional golfer on tour is about 113 mph and drives the ball 290 yds. An amateur will most likely not reach those speeds of the elite players, but can still generate around 70-90 mph and distance of 214 yds. 

So for someone to repeatedly swing at these speeds it is easy to see how one may create an injury. The majority of complaints from golfers usually occur in the low back and secondary in the shoulders and neck. Wrist and forearm injuries are also common with repetitive contact to the ball and ground.

5 Golf Related Exercises

There are so many exercises and stretches that are used to help improve strength and speed as well as increase ROM and joint mobility that it is very difficult to choose one that reins supreme over all. 

If one were to address these issues with exercise, there are five areas of golf exercises one should focus on which may be beneficial to overall fitness and well-being of the golfer. 

  1. The first area of golf exercises focus on glute strength and control. Glut strength refers to  control and stabilization with controlled movement of the pelvis while in a golf stance during the pelvic rotation during the golf swing. 
  2. The next area of golf exercises should focus on is spinal mobility. It is important that the spine is mobile since golf is a rotational sport and requires a certain degree of spinal mobility during a swing. 
  3. Another area golf exercises should focus on, is core strength and control. During the golf swing, core strength and control is key to aid in the disassociation of the pelvis and torso during as swing as well as provide power and control with the rotational component of a swing. 

       4  Lower extremity flexibility is also an important area of golf exercise to focus on as it can restrict ones                 ability to have a correct posture and/or correct swing. 

       5  The last area of golf exercises that is important to focus on is balance. Decreased balance can interrupt             the kinetic chain during a golf swing and result in faulty biomechanics

Physical Therapy for Golfers

If you are interested in receiving physical therapy, search for a TPI certified clinician. These five areas of exercise are helpful in mobilizing and stabilizing the hips, spine, shoulder and ankle.Core Exercises for GolfCore Exercises for Golf
In order to improve efficiency and ability to perform golf movements without compensations. To improve overall strength, conditioning, and performance, consult with a professional or a team of professionals for the most safe and effective way to reach your goals.  The Trending Page has many articles which may interest, like the 5 shoulder symptoms you cannot ignore.  If you want to schedule for physical therapy at one of the 12 JOI Rehab Centers, please call 904-858-7045. 

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