Hopefully you have been enjoying the nice weather out on the golf course lately! Since we are about halfway through the golf season, you may have begun to notice some issues with your game. Perhaps you aren’t hitting as far as you’d like or as straight down the fairway. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there! Before you start playing those mental games with yourself (you know what I’m talking about…), consider this: perhaps your body is lacking mobility and control which is ultimately affecting your swing and your golf game.
In order to achieve power out of your golf swing, the body must act like a whip. Each segment must rotate starting from the hips and working it’s way up the chain to your hands. Often times, people lack movement throughout their thoracic spine which is located in the middle of the back where all of your ribs attach. This happens a lot when a person’s posture isn’t the great and with prolonged sitting. When this region is stiff, it makes it much more challenging to rotate the torso in order to get adequate power and performance out of your swing. Most will find a way to compensate and it often times shows in their golf game. Try out this drill to loosen up the middle back and start nailing it off the tee!
Thoracic mobility drill
- Begin kneeling on the ground on hands and knees. Place right hand on the back of your head then rotate right arm up as if you are trying to look to your right side. Do 10 reps on both sides.
2. Then place the back of your right palm onto the right side of your low back. Again, rotate to the right side as far as you can without moving the rest of your body. Do 10 reps on both sides.
Don’t forget that posture is also important, so make sure you aren’t slumped over at your desk and you are trying to keep your shoulders pulled back and sit upright. If you want more help with your golf swing, we offer slow motion video analysis of the golf swing in order to pinpoint what body mechanics are being affected and why. It’s a great way to address the root cause of the impairment. Contact us to learn more about it and set up a consultation to talk more.