Swing with freedom this golf season
The Open Golf Championship is one of the sporting highlights of the British Summer and it is a time when many of us are inspired by the likes of Rory McIlroy and co to have a stab at the sport.
Many professional golfers will seek out the help of chiropractors to keep their game at its best. In the helpful tip below PGA chiropractor and BCA member Jesper Dahl lays out some great tips for the new golfer and some helpful reminders for the more experienced.
Warm Up: You’d be surprised to learn how many amateur golfers don’t warm up properly before hitting the course. Especially, when you notice how seriously the professionals take this part of their day. Spend a couple of minutes warming up before teeing off by mobilising your hip and shoulder girdles with some gentle side-bends and a few back-and-forth swings without a club in your hand. Similarly, slowly bend from the waist and push your hips forward a few times. All this allows both control and power to be ready for you at the first tee – and it helps prevent injuries.
Perfect that swing: Now warm up your aim by getting your body used to the swinging motion before heading out on to the course. Head to the driving range and hit even just a few balls: Start with a half-swing, then three-quarters, and by the time you arrive at the first tee, you’re good to go.
Shoe check: Stability is key when swinging through a 250-yard drive! There should be no excess movement in your shoes through the heel when you walk. Similarly, ensure your footwear doesn’t feel too loose or especially too tight through the front parts of the shoes; your toes need to be able to move.
Hydrate: Come rain or shine, it’s vital to keep drinking while out on the course with an 18-hole game typically lasting around 4 hours. Pack plenty of fluids and remember to take regular sips – it’s easy to forget when you’re focused on making that birdie putt!
Caddying: If you’re carrying your own clubs, ideally carry your golf bag on two shoulders like a rucksack to avoid lower back pain. Even better, use a golf trolley – and consider using an electric one. The less energy you use transporting your clubs, the more you can dedicate to your game.