March 5, 2013

Better Mechancis = Better Golf Part 2 : Increased Strength

Strength for Your Game

Today the value of strength in golf is almost universally recognized. Strength in all major and minor muscle groups plays a critical role in the golf swing:

Strong external stomach muscles, are essential for good posture at address. This becomes especially critical for golfers with the increased risk of back and neck injury resulting from poor posture.
Shoulder, arm, and upper back strength are crucial in the takeaway, the downswing, the follow-through, and the short game. Your swing is initiated with the shoulders and hips rotating away from the target. The forearms and wrist engage to keep the club in a cocked position. The triceps extend to keep the target arm straight, while the biceps flex the opposite or non-target arm. The rotator cuff muscles work to stabilize the shoulder girdle and turn with the shoulders and arms. The rotator cuff of the non-target arm pulls the club back and externally rotates the arm. The hamstrings and external obliques assist hip rotation during the backswing, creating a stable stance and good posture. The weight shifts from an almost equal distribution at address to upwards of 85 percent on the rear foot due to the redistribution of the upper body.

The lower back is a source of much pain and misery in many golfers. The coiling of the upper body around a resistant lower body coupled with the twisting of the back during the downswing and follow-through can have devastating results. Even in a properly executed golf swing, back muscles pull at the lumbar, and, if a golfer isn’t strong, the discs are susceptible to strain and injury. Nothing can guarantee that you won’t have back problems, even if you do everything right, but a strong lower back is less likely to become an injured lower back.

Strength in the legs and hips are also crucial. Strong hamstrings provide a solid base at address while the inner thighs and hip flexors initiate both the backswing and the downswing. The calf muscle, drives the lower body through the swing, while the ankle flexors are critical for balance.

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