Golf is a game loved and enjoyed by thousands across the globe; it is also a game of many parts. For any keen golfing enthusiast, hitting that perfect drive is one of the sweetest things that the game can bring. However, swinging a golf club the right way is what helps improve your score. Even the slightest defects in a swing can cause the ball to either hook or slice, and you will either hit the top of the ball or simply miss it altogether.
If you get into a car accident and injure your back, hips, shoulders, or wrists, it can have a detrimental effect to your golf game as your body will often compensate for your injury which will throw off your swing.
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Follow these simple drills if you wish to safely shore up your all-around game and walk out beaming with a high score.
Keep Your Hands Low: When you limit the height of the follow through, you can effectively reduce the height of your shots too. The lower your hands go, the lower the ball will be. Choosing a stronger club or trying to move the ball back in your stance and swinging easily are other ways to accomplish lower shots. However, these are harder to execute and are a lot less reliable. The best way to achieve a great show is to keep your hands low in the finish, and you will be pleasantly surprised that the trajectory of all your shots will be much lower.
Position your Spine and Forearm: Position your right forearm in such a manner that it is parallel to your spine and your left wrist is fully flat while your elbows and arms form a perfect triangle. This is indicative that you have rotated your shoulders and body into the backswing perfectly, which in turn will guarantee solid ball striking and increased accuracy.
Use your entire body to fuel your strikes: Any good golfer will agree that power comes from the entire body and not just the arms. To perfect a good golf swing, you must learn to power your club with your body and not just your arms and hands. Focus your energies and put the club behind the ball with your body in a dead-stop position. Without attempting to take a backswing, try to drag the golf ball into the air. If you are accustomed to using your hands to control your club, you might struggle with this at first. However, with some practice, you can perfect this move. You will notice that once you learn to move the club with your body, you will be able to get the golf ball in the air more effortlessly and consistently. This will help you better your golf swing and lower your score.
Master the Swing Basics: Once you have spent time perfecting the correct stance and grip, it is time to take a proper swing. There are a number of things you must bear in minds such as foot distance, interlocked hands, pointed thumbs, and weight distribution. The mechanics of a two-part swing is simple though. On every backswing, you must pivot your shoulders towards your spine while shifting your weight to the front of your back foot and hinging your front arm into an L shape. On the other hand, when on the downswing, you must release your arm toward your target as you shift your body’s weight to your front foot in a smooth, balanced motion. Professionals refer to this as a simple pendulum action. Once you have mastered the basic swing, you can try out the dizzying array of variations that are available to you.
Hinge for Power: Most newbies struggle with hitting crisp iron shots owing to two major flaws. First, the takeaway tends to be way too low to the ground, which causes a delay in the hinging of the wrists in time for a backswing. Secondly, in a misguided effort to generate more power, the golfer’s arms swing way too far in the backswing. This, in turn, causes a breakdown in posture and thereby leads to mishits and a loss of control.
As you can see, correct body posture is pivotal in better ball striking and scoring when it comes to golf. As enjoyable and fulfilling as it is, golf is also challenging and often frustrating. According to doctors, swinging a golf club takes a lot of coordination between various parts of the body and calls for repetitive unilateral torqueing of the spine which can cause instability in the back. A golfer’s wrist is also quite vulnerable to injuries due to overuse and poor wrist control during the swing.
Golf has numerous intricate moves that can play tricks on your spine and can cause chronic pain. In fact, studies indicate that 80 percent of golf injuries come from ligament sprains and muscle strains. Thankfully, you do not have to stay away from a game of golf with your friends as chiropractic care can help you with your back and game in no time at all. If you are an avid golfer and believe that your game is suffering from something more than just a bad day on the golf course, it is time to take things into your own hands.
If you have been suffering from excruciating backache, or have suffered injuries on the golf course as a result of over-compensating for an existing injury, or simply feel too stiff to make that perfect swing, contact Chambers Medical Group. Our experienced chiropractors will gently treat spinal subluxations and misalignments in your spine and possibly lower your golf score at the same time. Please call 1-800-243-DOCS or contact us online.
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