October 4, 2012

Tight Hamstrings–Four Out of Five Golfers Agree on This

We spend countless hours on the driving range in an effort to improve our golf swing. Hundreds or even thousands of dollars are spent on golf lessons. It all adds up to a lot of time and money spent on improving the golf swing. Unfortunately, for many golfers their scores never improve, and they find themselves frustrated and asking “what do I have to do?”

If this is you and this question has crossed your mind, the answer to your question could be as easy as looking in the mirror. The failure of improvement may have absolutely nothing to do with your new driver you are swinging or the Professional golf instructor helping you with your swing. It could all do with the man in the mirror – you! Yes you, the physical body swinging the golf club.

Keep in mind the golf club does not perform the mechanics of the golf swing. It is you and your body executing the mechanics of the golf swing together. And for every action, there is a reaction. The point to make here is the bodies physical limitations can directly affect the mechanics of the golf swing. And no matter what you do in terms of practice or instruction, these alterations will not go away until you address them. Just as you address swing faults, you must address your flexibility faults.

In the golf swing the body must move through an extended range of motion for an efficient swing to occur. Much is contingent upon the ability of the body to coil and uncoil certain muscles that are involved in the golf swing, and if these muscles are “tight” they will directly affect your golf swing. One such set of muscles is your hamstrings.

Located in the back of your upper help bend your knee, and help stabilize your hip area. So when you are performing almost any activity the hamstrings are essentially helping to hold your hips in place. In addition to bending the knee and stabilizing the hips, your hamstrings help with the rotation of your leg internally and externally.

Loss of posture is defined as any significant alteration from your body’s original set up angles during your golf swing. You have a hard time staying “in your posture” during your golf swing. You have taken many lessons and your golf instructor keeps telling you “you are coming out of your swing.” But what good is that if you don’t know why this is happening?

Golf posture requires a correct movement or load of the hips, which puts a strain on the hamstrings. If your hamstrings are tight, they will send a message to your brain saying “I can’t hold this, get me out of this uncomfortable position.”

The other message your hamstrings might send is a strength issue. “I’m not strong enough to hold this position; I’m going to bail out.” This is a very common cause of “loss of posture.”

If you are not aware that this is the cause, you will continue to take lessons and hear the same thing over and over again. You could have saved yourself time and money by stretching your hamstrings.

Additionally, “tight” hamstrings place an undo amount of stress on the lower back. Large amounts of stress on the lower back cause fatigue and increase the possibility of injury. If you are a golfer that has ever experienced lower back pain you know the effect it has on your ability to swing the golf club correctly. The connection is that hamstrings and the lower back are working extremely hard during the golf swing, and quite often one or the other get “tight.” Tight or tired hamstrings will eventually affect your swing.

If you are ready to get serious about fitness for golf so you can take it to the next level, fitness for golf could be the solution for more flexibility, less back pain with a more consistent golf game.

This article is written by Chris Ownbey.

Over the past twelve years Chris Ownbey has helped thousands of golfers, at all different skill levels, reach their peak performance through physical conditioning and nutritional support. His unique form of functional training combined with golf-specific motor learning drills has made him one of the top golf specific trainers in the Dallas Tx area And here’s the great news for YOU.

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