As I look ahead to this upcoming Golf Season, I can’t express enough how excited I am to implement all the stuff I have learned over the last year going through the Grey Institute Golf Performance Specialist program. The information I have gained has allowed me to not only become a better golfer myself but also begin to help others unlock their full potential out on the course.
A couple very common questions I get from my patients who are golfers include “how can I increase my mobility in my swing” and “what can I do to become more flexible to help my golf swing.” Many times I hear this from the aging golfer who has started to see their mobility decrease in their backswing and finish and as a result has seen their distance decrease off the tee and with their irons as well as notice a decrease in their endurance for playing multiple rounds.
I’ve very much changed the way I approach mobility with my golfers. I used to have them lay on the ground and perform the “open book” stretch or give them a club and put it over their shoulders and rotate. Don’t get me wrong, these isolated activities are better than nothing and can certainly give you an improvement in your mobility and swing, but I really like to emphasize the importance of swing specific mobility in all three planes of motion.
So now that you have an idea of the planes of motion needed for a golf swing, you are probably asking yourself, “how do I know if I have adequate motion in these planes?” Well, great question and that is why I’ve put together a quick self-assessment to see what your motion looks like.
Now that you have an idea of where you feel tight and restricted you can begin to work on those specific areas within the swing motion to improve your mobility and dominate your swing.
Now I know I make this sound easy, but if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it. But, the reason people fail is that they aren’t consistent with how often they perform these mobility exercises and the accountability of maintaining these exercises throughout the season is not there. So, in order to create a good habit, pick two of these exercises and perform them before every round and every time at the range and see if your mobility improves.
If you’re looking for additional help with your swing mobility and performance, I help people on a 1-on-1 basis and can help you if you are interested in learning more.
Just reach out to me at Luke@recoverrxpt.com to learn more.
Also, check out our YouTube Channel to learn more about specific videos on these movements as well as mobility in general.
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Dr. Luke Greenwell and Dr. David Bokermann are Performance Based Physical Therapists with extensive backgrounds in treating the injured athlete. At RecoverRx, they are passionate about returning people to the sports & activities they love. They both have post-doctorate certifications in Manual Therapy, Functional Dry Needling in addition to other skill certifications. Dr. Luke is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Dr. David is passionate about treating concussions and dizziness patients.