Quick Golf Tips For Restoring Muscle Imbalances

As a​ golf biomechanic, my focus is​ on looking for areas of​ poor flexibility and muscle imbalances which effect the mechanics of​ the golf swing and create opportunities for the body to​ break down in​ injury. Each of​ these situations presents possibilities for improvement in​ your swing as​ well as​ keeping the body in​ an​ injury free state.

When the body is​ out of​ balance, this means some muscles are shorter than normal and some muscles are longer than normal. When muscle length is​ less or​ more than optimal, swing mechanics are altered.

According to​ Paul Chek of​ the Chek Institute, there are five factors which influence the flight and destination of​ the ball.

- Club face alignment

- Swing plane

- Angle of​ attack/impact

- Club head speed

- Hitting the sweet spot

Unfortunately, many golfers experience limiting physical factors which prevent them from achieving accuracy and consistency regarding these five factors.

Here is​ an​ example of​ a​ common swing fault and how it​ may be affecting your current swing.

Tight hip flexors are a​ common reason for loss of​ distance off the tee in​ addition to​ limitations in​ achieving a​ full backswing because of​ restrictions in​ trunk rotation.

Short and tight hip flexors are a​ known source of​ lower back pain where the low back muscles tighten while hamstring and abdominal muscles lengthen. You see, everything has a​ cause and an​ effect within the body.

Tight hip flexors limit a​ golfer’s body in​ trunk rotation which ultimately leads to​ compensations at​ the shoulders, elbows and wrists. it​ is​ important to​ clearly understand where the chain broke down in​ the first place so corrective action can be taken. Follow these quick golf tips to​ restore optimal rotation in​ the joints which most affect the golf swing.

1. Contact a​ CHEK certified golf biomechanic for a​ personal analysis of​ your golf specific strengths and weaknesses.

2. Begin using exercises and stretches which primarily focus on your weak links.

3. Follow a​ continuum of​ flexibility, stability, strength, then power in​ developing your body for better golf.

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