Chiropractic and your golf game

Chiropractic and your golf game

Think about it: First you bend down to tee up your ball. Next you take a few practice swings, line up the ball, and give it your best shot. Pick up your golf bag, sling it over your shoulder, and walk down the fairway. Repeat several times until you get on the green, where you bend down again, mark your ball, and then hunch over your putter. Sink your putt, and bend down again to get your ball out of the cup.

Phew… only 17 more holes and a few more miles to go.

All that twisting and bending can cause a great deal of strain on your back. It’s not surprising that professional golfers are turning to chiropractic to help keep their backs in top shape.

Here are some tips to prevent back, shoulder, and neck pain from interfering with your game:

  • Always warm up. A few stretches and a brisk walk can help loosen your muscles and prevent injury.
  • Use the right equipment. Clubs that are too short or too long can cause problems for your back.
  • Wear soft spikes on your shoes. They’re easier on the course, and provide cushioning for your back.
  • Use a pull cart rather than carrying your clubs.
  • Take a lesson on proper swing technique. A poor swing can cause long term damage to your back.
  • Swing the other way. After every few holes, take a couple of practice swings the “wrong” way. If you shoot right-handed, take left-handed swings and vice versa.

Whether you’re a pro, or just wish you were, taking good care of your back can help improve your score and ensure a long enjoyable season on the links.

Adapted from the OCA