Have you smelled it yet, the fresh cut fairways covered in dew. Well I have, and many of my patients have too and are asking me how they can improve their golf games. One word… Chiropractic! Going to see your Fort Collins Chiropractor improves your golf game on so many levels. Yes eliminating low back and shoulder pain is important, but the added benefit is improved functional biomechanics which can take your game to the next level and shave strokes of your game. Let’s work on follow through:
Stretching vrs. Stretching and Chiropractic
A scientific study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (Dec ’09), 43 golfers were dived into a stretching only group and a stretching and Chiropractic group. Three full swing maneuvers were made and measurements taken on their distances and averaged. To give consistency, the study noted the average age, handicap and initial swing were comparable.
Then, both groups were given the same stretching routines and in addition to this the Chiropractic group was adjusted. They then repeated the strokes and measurements again. This was repeated once a week for four weeks.
The results were clear: The stretching group showed no improvement, while those in the stretching and chiropractic saw a significant improvement hitting the ball farther.
Golf Swing Speed and Chiropractic
A Chiropractic student named Maurice Allen recorded the highest ever swing speed at the Momentus® booth at the PGA Merchandise show in Orlando! The average PGA tour player has a swing speed of 110 MPH, while Maurice recorded a swing of 161MPH. Its simple physics, the faster the swing speed the farther the ball travels.
Modified golf swings may reduce back and shoulder injuries
Of the 25 million golfers in America, 62% may suffer an injury related to the game. Low Back Pain is the most common injury sustained in professional and recreational golfers. Repetitive motions and poor swing biomechanics are thought to be the main cause.
Most golfers believe that the more their shoulders rotate in their backswing the better their swing will be, but what they fail to realize is the amount of stress this places on their low back.
In a study of seven golfers who had a full backswing, shoulders turning at least 90 degrees with restricted hip motion, were wired up with an EMG to monitor low back musculature activity. The subjects hit 10 balls with their normal swings for maximal distance while club head speed and accuracy were noted. Then they were taught a modified swing and allowed to practice it for 20-30 minutes. Then they hit 10 more balls.
Many golfers are afraid to change their swing for fear of decreasing their performance. The results of the study negate that. A backswing shortened on average of 47 degrees didn’t significantly affect club speed or accuracy and reduced muscle activity. This shows there is reduced stress being put on the low back which should in turn reduce injuries.
Dr. Mathew Ullom, BSc, DC is a Fort Collins Sports Chiropractor who’s thriving practice is in the heart of the city. He is the team Chiropractor for the CSU Ram Rugby Club and was a scholarship athlete himself. His clinic is located at 2550 Stover St, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Improves Golf Swing Performance. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2009
Bulbulian R, Ball KA, Seaman DR. The short golf backswing: Effects on performance and spinal health implications. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2001:24(9), pp. 569-575.