Golf Training – Stage 5

STAGE 5 of golf training is all about speed, power & agility. Hold a medicine ball or light dumb bells and make golf swinging motions.

Golf Training – Stage 4

In STAGE 4 training for golf, exercises are designed to build strength by challenging the neuromuscular system. Exercises that optimize timing movement and directions of power will produce the best results. These exercises incorporate multi-joint-movements that challenge the body in 3 dimensions without external support. An example is a step over lunge while maintaining a … Continued

Golf Training – Stage 5

STAGE 3 of golf training is all about building endurance. Endurance is even more important to the spine than strength. Work up to 45-60 second holds for all bridges and planks.

Golf Training – Stage 2

STAGE 2 of golf training is intended to build whole body and joint stability. Exercises to promote strength and favorable stiffness of movements while maintaining joint stability are key. Three exercises recommended by Stuart McGill PhD: curl up, bird dog and side bridge on knees and on fee.

Golf Training – Stage 1

Here are some suggestions on STAGE 1 of the training for golf play: Groove motion and patterns of motion – Repeat a movement (i.e. a squat or swinging a golf club) 6-7 x a day for several repetitions. This builds engrams in your brain and spinal cord.

Golf Facts

Did you know these interesting facts about golf? – It requires a low level of cardiovascular fitness. – It is deceptively demanding on the spine and musculoskeletal system. – Despite being a low-impact sport, recent studies showed 60% of professional and 40% of amateur golfers suffered from injury each season. – Professional golfers have the … Continued

Golf Swing

The golf swing generates tremendous forces on the spine through the axial rotation, compression, anterior-posterior shearing, torsion and lateral bending forces. This predisposes golfers to myofascial injury, disc herniation, stress reaction of the vertebral body or pars, spondylolisthesis and facet arthropathy. In other words, these forces are slightly less than those measured in a football … Continued

Golf Training Program’s 5 stages

Once muscle imbalances and motion deficits have been maximized through a rehabilitation program, the golfer can initiate a 5 stage program in preparation to get back to play. It is also great for an annual preseason retraining before heading to the golf course. The golf training program’s 5 stages are: groove motion or motor patterns … Continued

Low Back Pain and Golf

Patients with low back pain need to limit their golf play and focus on a rehabilitation program. Some studies demonstrated that an exercise program focused on spine flexibility may be counterproductive for low back pain as excessively stretched muscles can alter neural feedback and control causing injury and loss of voluntary muscle coordination. To the … Continued

Playing Golf with a Sore Back

Amateur golfers are more likely to play through a sore back. Patients with low back pain showed increased rotational muscle activity in an attempt to stabilize the spine, but this compensatory muscle contraction may lead to increased spinal compressive load during the golf swing.