The rotational stresses of the golf swing can place a considerable amount of pressure on the spine and muscles. Compound that with the fact that golfers spend 4 to 5 hours in a bent-over stance, repeating the same motion hundreds of times, and it is no wonder that playing golf can cause minor strains in the back, which can lead to severe injuries.
To keep your back healthy for golf, add exercises that stretch and strengthen your back. During your round, follow these simple measures to avoid back pain or injury and improve your game.
1. When pulling your golf bag out of the trunk of your car, bend your knees, hold in your abdominal muscles and keep your back straight.
2. Check your posture throughout your round to make sure you are not slouching. Imbalances in your stance place undue pressure on your back, muscles and discs. Avoid rounded shoulders or an exaggerated curve in your lower back while you are standing or walking. Also take care not to stiffen your legs at address. Instead bend from your hip sockets and keep your back straight, flex your knees as your arms hang naturally.
3. To tee up your ball or take the ball out of the cup, balance on one leg and extend the other leg out behind you.
4. If you are riding in a golf cart, try to sit up straight. This will not only help you build stronger abdominal muscles, but take the strain off your lower back.
Follow these tips the next time you place to help prevent and alleviate back pain.
Please visit www.golffitness-magazine.com for more injury prevention golf tips.
Most professionals are comfortable with greenside bunker shots. In fact, if you were to take and informal survey among pros, you may find out that most prefer to be in a greenside bunker than in greenside rough. They are able to control the amount of spin they give the ball in the bunker and therefore can control the distance better then when they hit out of the rough.
High-handicappers, on the other hand, hate sand. Mostly because they are not comfortable with their technique and are unable to control how much sand they take as they hit the ball. Here is a short video tip to help you learn to take the right amount of sand.
Learning to draw the golf ball is an important skill in golf. A few years ago Golf Digest Magazine did an extensive study in the difference between a fade/slice and a draw shot. The drawn shots averaged 233 yards in carry and roll, the fades only 216. Therefore it is possible for you to gain at least 17 yards in distance on a fade.
Watch my tip on how to draw the ball. Click Here to learn three easy keys to drawing the golf ball.
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