Dillon Johnson was voted Top Golf Fitness Professional Colorado
Year after year we hear about the “new driver” that is going to give golfers a few extra yards off the tee. Year after year players spend $600 on this “new driver” in the attempt to keep up with their buddies out on the course.
Spending a fair share of time on the course myself, I watch a constant battle of golfers dealing with their regressing body with new equipment. This is hard to watch as every golfer should be able to conclude that their most important piece of equipment is THEIR BODY!
Although many players know their body is responsible for their performance, a large percentage of players choose what they feel is an easier route (buying new equipment rather than working with a professional to put together a customized exercise program).
I am here to encourage you to take care of your most important piece of equipment, your body, to improve your golf game. You will play good golf later into your life, and you will limit the injuries/issues that take place along the way. Not to mention, the quality of life benefits you will enjoy.
Understanding Compensation Patterns
To help illustrate my point, let’s look at some simple functional movement science. An easy way of understanding your body’s function is to look at each major joint starting at the ankle up through the rest of your body. The ankle is designed to be a MOBILE joint. As we go up through the rest of your body your joints should ALTERNATE between being MOBILE and STABLE. A happy well moving body follows this pattern: Ankle-MOBILE, Knee-STABLE, Hips-MOBILE, Lower back-STABLE, Mid-Back-MOBILE, Upper Back-STABLE, Shoulders and Neck-MOBILE.
At any point our daily life, lack of exercise, or injury leads to a disruption of this ideal pattern of mobile and stable joints our body creates “compensations” for movement.
“Compensations” lead to two serious problems for golfers:
1. Movement Compensations in the golf swing show up as “swing faults” (such as a sway, slide, over-the-top, chicken-wing, early extension, ext.)
2. Movement Compensations can lead to pain, injury, overuse of body parts, etc.
Number 2 above is the primary reason MANY golfers suffer from lower back pain. If you look back to our earlier discussion, a golfer (and ideally everyone else) should have mobile hips and a mobile mid-back. Unfortunately, quite often that is not the case. Many amateur golfers have restricted/tight hips and midback. In the middle of those two joints is the lower back which is supposed to be nice and STABLE. But in this example, because the hips and mid back on not rotating/moving properly, the lower back attempts to rotate to compensate for hips and mid-back not doing their job movement wise. The result is often lower back pain and injury (from doing a job the lower back was not designed to do).
If the individual in this example spent time working on their hip mobility and mid-spine mobility you would find their lower back pain to dissipate. The lower back would no longer be asked to perform the rotation that the hips and mid back were supposed to be doing! The lower back would be so thankful for this change as it could then do the job it was designed to do, STABILIZE.
This is a quick example of how your body performs and why, over time, many golfers can be dealing with unfortunate pain. I encourage you to save the $600 you might have been spending on a driver and spend it taking care of your body. I promise you it will FAR surpass the benefit you were going to receive from that new driver.
To make this as simple as possible, we are here to help. Feel free to contact me or any of our wonderful trainers to help guide you forward this golf season!
Dillon Johnson, TPI Fitness Level 3, PTAG-CPT
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