High profile professional golfers suffer from injury, but the amateur player may be more at risk than Rory Mcllroy or Tiger Woods. Poor technique, inadequate stretching prior and post-match plus incorrectly carrying heavy golf bags are the main causes but following a few simple tips can solve the problem.
- The pressure points – The lower back, shoulders and wrists are the most obvious joints at risk for golfers through the repetitive nature of the golf swing but carrying a golf bag can also place an enormous strain on your neck. Take advantage of the latest golf accessories specially designed to help such as lighter bags and dual harness straps over shoulders to distribute weight evenly.
- Warm up – Golfers often don’t warm up properly before playing – if muscles are not prepared by a good stretching routine, this can lead to a lack of flexibility and injury. Spend two or three minutes warming up before teeing off. Stretch hamstring, quads, chest muscles and shoulders.
- Drive – make the most of your swing; warm up on the driving range.
- Don’t forget that, like any sport, a good post-event stretch is also required.
- When picking up golf bags, bend carefully from the knees.
- Contrary to popular belief, trolleys are not the best way to caddy clubs as this builds unnecessary pressure from pulling and bending in the wrong positions. A power or electric caddy is the safest way to go around.
- Wear proper shoes for stability and to help avoid twisting the back and hips.
- Pain is a warning sign – do not ignore it. If you injure yourself, use ice rather than heat and if the pain persists, seek help.
A healthy back will improve your swing!