Better your posture at address and decrease low back pain
By: Rob Norton, PT- Director of TherapyONE
The two areas I am covering today involve your POSTURE at ADDRESS and LOW BACK PAIN.
POSTURE at ADDRESS, like we see on the PGA tour and LPGA tour all pretty much look the same with the new era we are in with fitness and golf. The PGA and LPGA players pretty much all have that straight back line in the address position. Being in this position does many positive things for your game. This position puts you in a better setup to turn away from the ball with the ability to generate more power through upper body rotation. With the hunched back posture you will come to an early end point of rotation and then compensate to continue to rotate the club back that usually will jeopardize the shoulders, neck, hips and low back depending how you compensate. The first video will be how to stretch your chest as you need that flexibility to get your shoulders back further. The second video will be a very simple exercise that you can virtually do anywhere you can find a wall. Always make sure your physician approves for you to do these exercises before starting any new exercise routine.
LOW BACK PAIN is not only the number one reason for the PGA and LPGA players to be put on the injury list but it is also the number one injury for amateurs as well. I will continue this focus for several (4-5) blogs to address low back pain and golf. The first video will show you how to stretch your hip flexors which attach to the front of your lower spine and then insert deep into your hip. When these muscles get tight they can do a lot of damage and cause a lot of pain. In the computer world we live in today that requires a lot of us to sit down facilitates the hip flexors to get tight. When these muscles get tight they restrict not only hip mobility but put added stress to the lower spine because they pull the lower spine forward. The 3rd video below will be the hip flexor stretch and the 4th video will be a test to see if you have any deficiencies with your lower abdominals to know where your low back position is at address. The 5th video will be a simple exercise to get you to activate your lower abdominals. Always make sure your physician approves for you to do these exercises before starting any new exercise routine.