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How To Improve Your Golf Swing

07 Mar 2014 by Russell Visser

Are you having difficulty hitting a long or straight ball consistently?

Joint stiffness or muscle weakness may be preventing you from performing well and really enjoying your game of golf, and our free report  How To Improve Your Golf Swing may be just the shot for you!

We have been assisting club golfers to improve their games for almost 20 years by focussing on these 6 critical elements.

The reason we have written this report is because recently a number of older clients have attended for treatment.  Many have been unable to play golf for a variety of reasons due to injury or surgery.  Many of these clients indicated that they missed playing and mentioned it as a specific goal they wanted to achieve as part of their treatment.  I have recently treated a gentleman, post shoulder surgery, and another with acute back pain who both expressed a desire to return to golf as part of their management plan. 

Golf provides a physical and mental challenge.  Playing 18 holes of golf is a good exercise.  The metabolic equivalent scale rates golf as 3.5 times the energy expended at rest and is equivalent to walking at a brisk pace.  Golf is also an excellent social outlet and can be continued either socially or competitively well into your 60’s and beyond. Both Graham Nelson and I  play socially.  Graham was a member of Tullamarine and I play regularly at Green Acres in Kew.  Both of us enjoy the test provided by golf and the challenges in improving our game.  It is one of the few competitive games where players of different abilities can compete effectively with each other due to the handicapping system.   Currently I am playing off an 18 handicap and  trying hard to reduce that.  Both Graham and I, the principal physiotherapists at Northwest Physiotherapy Group, intend to increase our commitment and involvement in golf as time allows. 

This report will help golfers by explaining some of the key elements critical to achieving a consistent and effective swing.  We have identified 6 factors that can be assessed and discuss each of them so an individual can rate where they are and recognise what they have to do to improve in these areas.  The 6 areas are:

  1. Spinal mobility.
  2. Shoulder mobility.
  3. Lumbar pelvic stability.
  4. Lower limb strength.
  5. Postural awareness.
  6. Musculoskeletal health.

The report includes exercises to test how well you perform in the above areas. At the conclusion of reading the report a golfer will have a better understanding of the importance of these musculoskeletal factors in achieving an effective golf swing. 

The report also offers an assessment and treatment plan to work on any musculoskeletal deficits which may be affecting your golf swing.  We also can assess your gait with our computerised foot scan, which will detect any problems with your foot mechanics which could affect your walking around the course and may contribute to hip, knee or back problems. 

The unique approach we have at Northwest Physiotherapy called the Ridgway Method assesses the entire body and musculoskeletal system to work out the key areas of dysfunction.  The latest research in neuroscience tells us that pain or stiffness is usually a warning that the brain puts out if we have an underlying musculoskeletal imbalance.  At Northwest Physiotherapy we comprehensively assess your musculoskeletal system and work on improving the function of your nerves, muscles and joints to become fully mobile and painfree. This will help your golf in many ways.

Check out our golf report here.