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Golfer’s Elbow? Start Here

https://web.duke.edu/anatomy/Lab11/Lab11.html
The forearm takes on an overwhelming amount of force throughout the golf swing. We all know the saying “hold it like a baby bird” but at impact th...

Strength

Strength
Strength can literally be broken down into a physics equation. Force/Area = Strength. But for this article we will go with the dictionary definiti...

Positional Integrity

Positional Integrity
Positional Integrity is the foundation of the Training Pyramid. You should spend the most time under tension here. The golf swing requires lots of...

The Golf Training Pyramid

The Golf Training Pyramid
This first pyramid displays the various training attributes of a typical professional golfer. However, each of these categories must have some pres...

Low Back Pain? Might be your Quadratus Lumborum

Low Back Pain? Might be your Quadratus Lumborum
The Quadratus Lumborum [QL] is crucial to the golf swing. No, it’s not the glutes, pecs, or lats, but it should get top billing with them. The QL ...

Why do I hurt? Anterior Shoulder

Why do I hurt? Anterior Shoulder
   The shoulder is one of the most injured areas of a golfer’s body. Only the low back and elbow experience more occurrences of pain than the shoul...

Deadlift for Golf Performance Part 3: The Single-Leg Deadlift, ‘King of Golf Lifts’

Deadlift for Golf Performance Part 3: The Single-Leg Deadlift, ‘King of Golf Lifts’
One of the great benefits of the SLD is its power to restore left and right symmetry. This is an important benefit to our asymmetrical force producing golfer. The tour players have to assume the risk of making thousands of swings in one direction each week. Developing the musculoskeletal asymmetries that come with being a professional golfer is just part of the deal. Of course tour players work to have less of a glaring asymmetry in their mobility and flexibility, but it is going to happen and it can expose them to a higher risk of injury over time. For us amateurs, it is a good idea to restore symmetry to our bodies in our golf training. We are not tour players and we want to feel good when we play and avoid injury. Golf is a lifelong endeavor, you can enjoy the game for a lifetime, and if you move well you can enjoy the game even more.

The Deadlift for Golf Performance (Part 2: Enter, The Deadlift)

The Deadlift for Golf Performance (Part 2: Enter, The Deadlift)

 

To most people, the deadlift (DL) is a classic strength builder for the posterior chain (glutes, hamstrings, and back). But, there is much more than that going on. You will improve grip strength which is important for rotator cuff health/function. The deadlift will protect your back because it will teach you how to maintain spinal integrity as you hinge from the hips and pick up a dead weight from the floor. The deadlift will reinforce your ability to pack your shoulders by using your lats, which builds shoulder stability. The DL will open your thoracic spine and hip flexors, so you can make a better turn in your golf swing and protect your lower back. The deadlift will teach you to hinge from the hips, making your golf posture strong and balanced. The deadlift will build abdominal and glute strength to get you more powerfully connected to the ground in your golf swing and giving you the hip strength you need to pound the ball harder.

Deadlift for Golf Performance (Part 1): Mobility, Stability, and Your Hip Hinge.

Deadlift for Golf Performance (Part 1): Mobility, Stability, and Your Hip Hinge.
The deadlift and the golf swing are built on the hip hinging pattern. In this 3 part tutorial there are progressions to take you from the beginning of not knowing how to hinge, to the Single-leg Deadlift. The Single-leg Deadlift "The King of Golf Lifts" is a hip hinging variation that restores symmetry, builds incredible “core” strength, improves flexibility, increases grip strength, and helps you create more powerful rotation.

Figure-4 Hip Stretch (band assisted)

Figure-4 Hip Stretch (band assisted)
Use a jump stretch band to assist you in doing this stretch. It will open your hips so: you can make a better turn; maintain your posture; protect your lower back; and create more force from the ground. 

Thoracic Spine and Hip Mobility Quickie

Thoracic Spine and Hip Mobility Quickie
1 Position. 3 Movements. Done in 5 Minutes.  This is a quick mobility and stability ‘flow’ with a great sequence of simple movements to open thora...

Get Ready to Sit

Get Ready to Sit
Get Ready to Sit Chris Hook, TPI-FP3, Strong First Team Leader, FMS2   It’s the beginning of summer and it is that time of year when kids are gett...