Jack Taylor our Osteopath and Titleist Performance Institute Certified Practitioner has a keen interest in golfing performance.
Golf can be a frustrating game at times for those who play it. Constantly seeking to hit the ball further and straighter with swing changes, alterations and lessons, which can create success and more consistency. Professional golfers address a number of pieces to the puzzle in order to maximise their performance.
However, there are times when those changes are asking too much of what your body can physically achieve. Not everyone is blessed with the strength and suppleness of a professional golfer and, more often than not, even professional golfers work extremely hard on their physical side of their game in order to perform consistently, so why as an amateur golfer should you not put more time into this side of your game?
“We don’t believe there is one way to swing a club; we believe there are an infinite number of ways to swing a club. But we do believe that there is one efficient way for everyone to swing a club and it is based on what they can physically do”
It is often useful to take a step back and look at your swing and the changes you’re trying to make. Asking the question if these changes are currently possible with your level of flexibility and strength?
During the golf swing, your body is an alternating chain of stable segments and mobile joints.
Some areas must create a stable platform in order to allow the mobile segments to provide the movement. The average amateur golfer usually lacks both stability and mobility, which leads to an inefficient golf swing.
As an Osteopath we can help by first identifying any areas that lack mobility or stability and then with treatment and specific corrective exercises can start to improve these limitations, which ultimately will lead to a more efficient swing, and hopefully better golf.
As a Titleist Performance Institute Osteopath Jack can step by step work through a thorough TPI screen to find any potential areas hindering your golfing performance. This screening uses a free app which will provide a Golf Fitness Handicap which can be kept for your records or to compare against future screens. The screen can also be done without needing the app on good old fashioned pen and paper.
Following the physical screening, we can then suggest potential areas lacking mobility, which can be helped by Osteopathic treatment or areas lacking stability which we can suggest corrective strengthening exercises for. Which can work alongside the PGA golf professional you are currently working with for lessons and advice.
If you require any further information or to book an appointment for a screen or treatment don’t hesitate to contact us.