Tips To Avoid Injury & Perfect Your Golf Game

Golfing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors! Your swing could be doing more damage than adding strokes to your round, regardless of whether it’s your first or 100th time. These are five things you should be aware of when teeing it off to avoid injury and maximize your game.

1. Flipping

Flipping is a nickname for an early release that can quickly ruin any shot. This fatal flaw is caused by your body being too far above the ball at impact. Flipping can make it difficult to time your swings, and it will certainly affect your game. Flipping can be fixed with anti-flip drills such as this one by Andrew Rice, a golf instructor. Correcting your posture and alignment will improve your game and reduce your chances of injury.

2. Poor hand placement

Even though this may be obvious to avid golfers it is one of the most common ways to make your swing fail. Your shots will not go too high if you keep your hands low as it allows you to better control follow through. You will have better control of your shots, which will help you improve your game. The club being held too high can limit your range of motion and make it difficult to swing a wrist set. You can ensure a perfect grip by holding the club diagonally under the heel pad and through the base of the forefinger.

3. Relying on your Arms

As in any other sport, having strong arms and a strong body are equally important. To improve your posture and balance, as well as the quality of your shots, it is important to pay attention to your body. Although it may take some practice to master swinging from your body, it will greatly improve your swing and give you more control. It is important to follow through with your body to avoid injury as well. Golfers who stop with their body and focus on the arms instead of their swing can cause injury. The body should lead the swing and allow the arms to follow. This will make it safer and more powerful.

4. Poor Elbow Position

Your elbow position could also be a factor in your failure on the green. For example, if you swing with your right elbow out, it can cause a powerful downswing. Overusing your elbows and relying on your arms can lead to a poor swing. Instead, fix your shot to ensure your elbow hinge is at 90 degrees and your arms are in front of your chest.

5. To far in the backswing

A solid backswing is a key component of perfecting your swing. To swing too far back can cause too much pressure on your back and arms during the downswing, which can cause injury. Your chin can hit your shoulder and cause you to miss your ball if you swing too far back. It is a good rule to keep your eyes on the ball, and then backswing until you can see the glimmer of a golf club in your peripheral vision. To avoid back pain and other long-term injuries, it is important to correct your backswing.

Here at Pro+Kinetix, our certified golf therapists can help you regain your form and improve your game. Golf therapy is a great option for many people and we would love to help!

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