Golf Swing

10 Minutes to 10 more yards!

How much money do you spend every year on trying to improve your golf game?

$500 on that new M2 driver, $300 on those comfortable new performance FootJoys, not to mention the multiple lesson packages over the course of year. Although well fitted clubs and apparel are important, and of course the input from a professional is invaluable, you are missing out one of the most important facets of your golf game. You! Constant changing of equipment in order to improve your game can be compared to the Ferrari F1 team trying new colour schemes, new uniforms for the drivers, without doing anything to improve the car itself. Put simply, having a better body will have you playing better golf.

You cant go onto social media these days without seeing videos of Rory, DJ, Jordan and Jason working out with their trainers. Funny how I just mentioned the top 4 players in the world at the minute? More and more professionals are waking up to the improvements they can make in their game with small changes in their physical fitness. If it works for finely tuned athletes like the pros, it works 10 fold for us amateurs.

Our daily routines do not prepare us for the game of golf. Most of us spend Monday to Fridays seated at a desk, at a steering wheel, or on the couch, with maybe an hour or two at the gym if we’re lucky. This lifestyle does not prepare us at all for the physical requirements of the game of golf. If we don’t turn or rotate our bodies at any time throughout the week, Saturday mornings first tee shot becomes even more of a challenge. Not to mention the closing three holes where our bodies have thrown in the towel.

Coaches all the time tell us the importance of turning, rotating, posture, weight shift etc. However, it can by nigh on impossible to avoid these flaws if your body is too stiff, weak or off balance to cope with the demands of what the coach wants you to do. Thats why at the UFIT Clinic, we assess your body to establish your physical abilities to efficiently swing a golf club. By performing our Titleist Performance Institute screening with our Golf Physiotherapist, you will get a picture of where you are lacking physically and where you need to improve.

Ok, so you've showed me what I am struggling with, how are you going to help me? Physical improvements can occur at home, in the gym, at the range, wherever you can find time. Also, don’t think you have to find hours in your busy schedules to make improvements. As little as 10 minutes at home can help you hit longer and more accurate.

Common Example

A lot of golfers struggle with their shoulder turns into the back swing, causing a lot of us to standup in the swing which means we will be club path on the downswing will be affected. A simple circuit for improving your shoulder turn in less than 10 minutes can be seen below.

Performing a bow and arrow movement. Open the chest for ten repetitions. You should feel the stretch in your shoulder, chest and mid back.

Performing a bow and arrow movement. Open the chest for ten repetitions. You should feel the stretch in your shoulder, chest and mid back.

With your hand behind your head, open your chest by raising your elbow up towards the ceiling. The stretch should be felt in the chest and upper back. Perform 10-12 repetitions.

With your hand behind your head, open your chest by raising your elbow up towards the ceiling. The stretch should be felt in the chest and upper back. Perform 10-12 repetitions.

Using a foam roller between the shoulder blades, mobilise the upper back by extending over the foam roller. Hold for two deep breathes and relax. Repeat eight repetitions.

Using a foam roller between the shoulder blades, mobilise the upper back by extending over the foam roller. Hold for two deep breathes and relax. Repeat eight repetitions.

Perform this circuit for 10 minutes twice a day, and watch your clubhead speed, club path and plane and your finish improve before your eyes!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, Paul has a extensive experience within professional sport (Football Association of Singapore), private physiotherapy and in the public hospital sector (Singapore General Hospital). Having experienced the profession in a number of settings, Paul has developed a keen insight into what is required to help people of all ages and athletic levels. 

So what does a Golf Physiotherapist actually do?

Are you an avid golfer looking to improve your game or need assistance with an injury? Find out why you might be in need of a Golf Physiotherapist to help say goodbye to those niggles and pains.

 

 

What is a ‘Golf Physiotherapist”?

Simply, a Golf Physiotherapist is a specialised in the assessment and management of injuries which are unique to golfers and the golf swing.
 

What’s different about a Golf Physiotherapist from a general Physiotherapist?

An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the game of golf! Golf as a sport poses a unique biomechanical load on the human body, and requires specific areas of flexibility and stability in order to play well and injury free.

Having trained with the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), we utilise a system incorporating video analysis, golf specific movement screening and physiotherapy assessment techniques to identify any dysfunctions and potential causes of injury.

What does a golf Physiotherapist do?

We look at your golf swing, and we break down the golf swing to see how your body moves in each specific phase of the swing. Using this data, we can be specific on what is causing your issues and target the cause, not just the effect. After identifying these dysfunctions, targeted interventions using manual therapy, mobility work, flexibility training and strength training are implemented to getting you back to your optimal level of performance.

 

How will a Golf Physiotherapist help me?

By addressing your weakness in the gym and the clinic, you are then able to work on your strengths on the course and the range. At the UFIT Clinic, we work closely with your coach to ensure your body is capable of performing the best swing for you. If you are injured, a golf specific Physiotherapist will identify the part of your body where the dysfunction originates and work on improving both your short and long term health.

Paul Doohan talks Golf with Su Ann Heng

Paul Doohan talks Golf with Su Ann Heng

Do I have to be injured to see a Golf Physiotherapist?

No, anybody who wants to improve their golfing performance will benefit from seeing a golf physiotherapist! One of our major aims is injury prevention. If your back, neck, shoulder, wrist or elbow are giving niggling issues which are not yet stopping you playing, we can intervene to prevent a performance limiting problem from developing. Its much easier to prevent a problem than to fix a problem!

Who should see a Golf Physiotherapist?

If you are worried about any physical issue limiting your performance, if you have any pain during your golf swing, if you are finding the last 4 holes are a real struggle, or if you are looking at improving your performance and reducing your handicap, you will benefit massively from a consultation with our Golf Physiotherapist. You will be healthier, and your game will improve.

Golf specific therapists have been around for a few years on the PGA and USPGA tours, and are very popular in the United States.

Having this systematic approach to the golfers physical health and his/her swing allows a golf physiotherapist to provide the optimal care to the athlete.
 

About the UFIT Clinic

We are a collection of professionals from a range of different disciplines, working together to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of our clients. 

Whilst all being experts in our own fields, we are humble enough to listen and learn, and work with each other to provide the best care for our patients. Staff professional development and further education is one of our guiding principals, and one which we are deeply committed to. Our services include; PhysiotherapyStructural IntegrationMassage TherapyMeditationPerformance PsychologyNutrition and Podiatry & Foot Care.

 

About the Author

Paul Doohan is one of the UFIT Clinic's top Physiotherapists and specialises in Golf Physiotherapy. Possessing a certification with the Titleist Performance Institute, Paul specialises in the assessment and treatment of golfers, helping deliver effective results in injury management and prevention, as well as performance improvement.

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