How to improve your golf game, without swinging a club! - NLP Fitness

How to improve your golf game, without swinging a club!

January 25, 2018

How to improve your golf game, without swinging a club!

It's nearly that time of year again in the Okanagan.... Golf season. Read our latest post from Scott Stanger, NXTLVL's newest coach. Since 2014 Scott has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in private clinics and training facilities, working with a wide variety of clients. Having completed the Titleist Performance Institute golf fitness certification course Scott enjoys working with golfers to improve their swing.

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Do you want to be able to hit the ball farther and more accurately?


Do you want to be stronger and more mobile so that you can swing more fluidly?


Do you want to decrease the amount of hip, shoulder and back pain you feel from playing golf?


If you answered YES to one, or more, of these questions then you could definitely benefit from a golf specific exercise program. 

Golf is often thought as being a low risk sport, when it comes to injury. However, there are many common factors that are likely to cause injury, including:

  • Poor swing mechanics
  • Lack of flexibility / mobility
  • Lack of joint strength and stability
  • Excessive play / practice (i.e. overuse)

Professional golfers are most commonly injured as a result of overuse.

Recreational golfers, on the other hand, are most commonly injured because they have physical limitations which result in poor swing mechanics.

Such physical limitations, among others, include:

  • Restricted hip internal rotation and/or external rotation
  • Restricted thoracic spine extension and/or rotation
  • Restricted shoulder flexion, internal rotation, and/or external rotation.
  • Poor strength in the core and hip musculature

Most of the time golfers aren’t even aware that they have these physical limitations. It is these physical limitations, exposed over-and-over with each swing, which will often lead to injury of the hips, low back, shoulder and/or wrist.

Try these simple tests to see if you have any of these physical limitations:

  1. Can you touch your toes, while keeping you knees straight?
  2. Sitting against a wall, with your low back flat, can you touch the wall overhead with your thumbs, while keeping your elbows straight?
  3. Lying on your back, lift your hips off the ground and assume a bridge position. Can you lift one foot off the ground without letting your hips drop or rotate at all!

If you are unable to complete even one of these tests successfully then you likely have one, or more, of the physical limitations listed above.

Luckily these physical limitations can be improved, and even eliminated, with a golf-specific exercise program.

“How do I get a golf specific exercise program”, you might ask.

Step 1:  Receive a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) assessment, which will identify any limitations that are affecting your golf swing.

Step 2:  Work with a qualified strength and conditioning coach who will provide you with a golf specific exercise program that will effectively address any limitations identified in your TPI assessment.

Step 3: Notice how much better you feel on the course, and watch your golf score go down!


If you are interested in receiving a TPI assessment and a golf-specific exercise program please contact Scott Stanger at scottstanger@nlpfitness.ca. Check out full details regarding Golf Fitness programs with Scott at NXTLVL, here.







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