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5 common factors that limit swing in amateur golfers

5 common factors that limit swing in amateur golfers

Golf challenges the human body. The very nature of game is to make use of the muscles that are usually dormant or sparingly active in our day-to-day life. We're primarily referring to the hip, back & the neck.

Although, the game looks sedentary compared to sports like rugby, football or even cricket; the force applied while taking a swing is as equal as any form of martial art. The movement is very sudden, explosive moving from one point of body to another, somewhat plyometric.

Plyometrics, also known as jump training or plyos, are exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power (speed-strength)

 Along with the basic sporting requirements such as Strength, speed, stamina flexibility & mobility golfers need to work on these specific abilities;

  • Power to deliver instantly an explosive burst of movement
  • Agility to possess sustained power
  • Balance to control the body
  • Endurance to last up to 6-8 hours on the green

 

1. Loss of Posture

Any change from the body’s original set up angles during the golf swing.

2. Flat Shoulder Plane

When the shoulders turn on a more horizontal plane than the axis of the original spine angle.

3. Early Extension

When the hips and spine start to go into extension or straighten up too early on the downswing.

4. Casting/Early Release/Scooping

Any premature release of the wrist angles during the downswing and through impact.

5. Over-the-Top

When the club is thrown outside of the intended swing plane with the club head approaching the ball in an out-to-in motion.

Some physical reasons may also play a part, such as:

  • Inability to separate the upper and lower body
  • Inadequate core stability
  • Lack of shoulder and hip flexibility, mobility, and/or stability
  • Lack of thoracic spine mobility
  • Lack of glute and/or abdominal strength
  • Wrist flexibility
  • Limited overhead deep squat

 

Just to illustrate, every muscle of the body gets to participate in the golf swing. Your hips are the bridge between the upper body and lower body. They are at the center of your body's movement; it is the psoas major muscle that connects the upper to the lower body.

A functioning psoas muscle creates a neutral pelvic alignment, stabilizes the hips, supports the lower spine and abdomen, and gives you greater mobility and core strength, so very necessary for Golf.

Understanding which muscles are involved in the golf swing will help you exercise them to perfect the golf swing and lower your golf score.

Primarily there are 22 muscles involved in the forward golf swing. The proper conditioning of these muscles will increase your club head speed and give you better control. For this you will need to speed up the contraction rate within these muscles, thus the body needs to be worked upon.

At IGPN as a concept, we believe that you should train and develop as a golfer to perform age-appropriate skills.

The IGPN ‘Sports Conditioning Program’ is structured to improve Physical Fitness and Motor Skills in young children to develop their physical potential for golf. The Trainer customizes drills to keep pace with the progress and push to higher levels. Aim’s to improve certain muscles or postures for performance, injury prevention and proper mechanics

A significant investment of time is required. Our ‘Sports Conditioning’ program starts at the Junior Level and continues through past the competitive stages of a golfer, thus it must be part of a weekly routine.

To maintain a healthy life style, programs are also tailor made for Senior’s to enjoy the Golden Years.

Understanding which muscles are involved in the golf swing will help you exercise them to perfect the golf swing and lower your golf score.

Primarily there are 22 muscles involved in the forward golf swing. The proper conditioning of these muscles will increase your club head speed and give you better control. For this you will need to speed up the contraction rate within these muscles, thus the body needs to be worked upon.

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