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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...

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...

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...

Posture for Performance

Posture for Performance
For the past few years there has been a debate in the fitness/physical therapy/rehab worlds about the answer to this question. Does posture matter?...

Bilateral Hip Circles

Bilateral Hip Circles
Bilateral hip circles take your hips through lots of different ranges of motion with different muscles participating as you oscillate your hips. T...

Side Planks

Side Planks
You could say that stability is strength but, more accurately, it is the ability to control movement in a joint. Planks, they are great for learn...

Sleeping for Performance

Sleeping for Performance
Are you familiar with the term “low hanging fruit”? Basically this is the concept that some things can be won, had, or achieved with little effort....

The Plantar Fasciitis Fix for Golf

The Plantar Fasciitis Fix for Golf
The first pair of golf shoes I was proud to own were the first Tiger Woods Golf shoes - I believe they were the Nike Air Zoom TW. I can remember s...