I tried to take golf lessons at one time. I have never had such an information overload. As someone who is aware of proper vs. improper technique and how, for example, learning a bad swing could cause injury to my back, I was terrified of learning incorrectly. All the things that the golf pro had taught us about hand placement, leg alignment, and swing path kept running through my head and I’d freeze at the driving range. (I didn’t make it onto the course much.)
So while I stay away from the par threes, I can understand how vital it is to keep certain things in mind when you drive up to the next hole. Perhaps I’ll try it again some day, and I’ll keep these things in mind.
Playing golf safely
with advice from Daniel Butler, HFS
Spring is in the air, and people are making their way back to the driving range and golf course after a long winter break. Time away from any sport can lead to injury as a result of bad form and weakened muscles; here are some things to keep in mind before you lace on your cleats.
Daniel Butler, a personal trainer at the Take Charge Fitness Program, a wellness facility run by Clinton Physical Therapy Center, (a Physiquality network member in Clinton, Tennessee), says, “Everyone’s golf swing is different in various ways, but the one thing they all have in common is the use of the hips to rotate the body.” This is why it is imperative that golfers strengthen the muscles surrounding the pelvic girdle, or the hips: the gluteus maximus, hamstrings and, to a lesser degree, the quadriceps.
He also recommends strengthening the core, which will improve stability and balance while reducing soreness in the shoulders and back. This is particularly important as the most common injury or problem for golfers is low back pain.