Golf Smart

Sir Nick Faldo warned Tiger Woods that if he does not adjust his swing, his golfing career will come to an end soon.

According to this report, Faldo said: “There is a lot of torque on his back with his swing at the moment. Adam Scott used to try to copy Tiger, but Tiger should now watch him. Adam ‘covers’the ball with his right shoulder and there is absolutely no stress on his spine. Tiger Woods has a problem and has to make compensations with his swing.”

Some have suggested that one of the best things Tiger can do to improve his swing and protect his body from injury is return to his old instructor Butch Harmon. Having the right instructor is essential to your golf game, especially one who thinks about the long-term health and well-being of his or her players.

Tiger’s injuries bring to the forefront some important points about a player’s game that can bring prolonged enjoyment, so long as they follow some basics that keep the swing solid and safe for the body.

The Basics in Protecting Your Back

To prevent developing lower back pain, warm up properly and stretch your muscles before beginning a round of golf. Not only can stretching beforehand help ward off future injury, it can also increase your range of motion, power and flexibility. Along with stretching, it is important to perform core exercises away from the links to build up strength in both your core and back.

Also, be sure to practice swinging in an easy and fluid motion rather than using hard strokes, and as you do so, use good balance to properly support your back. Be flexible in the hamstrings to allow more motion and protect your disk space. By not following these basics, your likelihood of injuring your back will be much more significant.

How To Recuperate Properly

If you are diagnosed with having lower back pain, it is critical for to suspend your golfing activities until you have full recovery. Feel like your injury might be a pulled muscle? Treat it with ice at first, heat after the first 24 hours, and over the counter pain medications. If muscle pain continues for a long duration, becomes more severe or radiates down a leg, schedule an appointment with your doctor to make sure you are caring for your pain in the most appropriate and healing manner.

Another tip for staying strong on and off the course is to incorporate regular aerobic activity into your routine as you recover. This will help you in preventing recurrence of your back problems as well as strengthen your muscles overall.

Learn More On Continuing To Perfect Your Swing

You can use your time away from the course during recovery most effectively –or avoid having to do any recovery –by learning what errors you are making with your swing that are affecting your body. Part of this correction may require the need of a golf professional to understand exactly what you are doing wrong and fixing it.

Our instructors have a long and successful history of helping modify the swings of professionals to improve their form. In July, our PGA Tour instructor, Patrick Kelley, was able to help Michael Putnam and Brad Fritsch to both finish in the top 10 of the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open. For Putnam in particular, Kelley worked on improving his rotation in his swing. Keep in mind they are here as a reliable resource to seek out in hopes to avoid future injury or soreness. As we mentioned before, having the right instructor by your side can go a long way in ensuring your swing and your game is up to par (pun intended).

To find out more about how to improve your swing at Old Chatham, contact John Marino, our head golf professional, to see how to set up lessons for you. We will be glad to help you get into the swing of things in all senses of the term.

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