Playing Golf Shouldn’t Hurt! – Golf Injury

Playing Golf Shouldn’t Hurt!

Ever wondered why so many golfers today are complaining about back pain?  Golf injury seems to be prevalent these days.  Could it be the over emphasis of using your body to hit the golf ball further the cause of your golf injury?  I would argue that not only does over emphasizing the body movement in a golf swing create a potential disaster for your spine, but it also causes inconsistencies in your golf swing.

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Yes, on tour the emphasis is power golf today.  My friend Max Castro, former All American at the University of Miami commented how, while watching players on tour this week in Tampa, so many of them seemed to just knock the snot out of the golf ball with very little shot making.  As windy as it was, Max said, still the guys were hitting it high and far almost ignoring the wind.  In our day, we would be making every attempt to hit knock down shots to keep the ball out of the wind.  Sort of like Doug Sanders, (popular tour player in the 60’s and 70’s)

Some of this change in strategy is due to the ball itself!  Our golf ball of the 70’s had a much higher spin rate so the wind could reek havoc and magnify any side spin to increase a slight fade to a slice.  Equally, the increased spin rate would make it very difficult to hit into the wind.  Yes the equipment, course condition and most of all the golf ball have changed golf forever.

What I’ve done for you here is prepared a video showing the lack of lower body movement among a group of touring pros to show you that even they do not move their lower body that much in the golf swing.  In fact, is it not the younger players that stress “quiet knees?”  Even with this example, there is still a considerable amount of caution directed at golf injury.  Ask Tiger!

Stop trying to over emphasize the use of your back and your legs in your golf swing.  You’ll feel better for it and I would argue you’ll be more consistent and actually swing the golf clubs faster.  Here’s your video…….

Golf Injury and Back Pain Effects Pros & Amateurs Alike

The three major causes of golf injuries are:

1) Postural instability
2) Lack of flexibility
3) Misaligned swing mechanics

The golf swing requires the spine to rotate, bend laterally and extend. This requires flexibility that is golf specific.

Golfers suffer from a variety of injuries. Below I have listed the most common injuries for the PGA and LPGA.

PGA: Low Back Pain (25%), Left Wrist (16.1%), Left Shoulder (10.9%), Left Knee (7%), Left Hand (6%)

LPGA: Left Wrist (31.3%), Lower Back (22.4%), Left Hand (7.5%), Left Knee (6%)

Here is a list of common causes of golfing injuries: Amateur and professional: most common is repetitive practice. Amateurs, poor swing mechanics is the 2nd most common. Swing faults are responsible for both amateurs and pros joint complex dysfunction and de-conditioning syndrome. Increased club lengths have contributed as an injury promoter.

Back Pain: Due to the notorious X-Factor as much as 8 times the normal force is put into your low back during a golf swing. The golf swing subjects the lower back to rapid, complex, and intense loading patterns. The lower back must contend with significant lateral bending, shear, compression, and torsional forces. For example, the golf swing generates a peak compression load of more than eight times the body weight in both amateurs and professionals, whereas running and rowing only generate four and seven times body weight, respectively. It is not surprising that 62% of golfers will incur an injury directly related to the sport.

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Take a look at this video of a golfer that was experiencing back and wrist pain and now with some minor swing changes no longer has the ill effect.

Golf Injury Effects Pros & Amateurs

Golf Injury Effects Pros & Amateurs

The three major causes of golf injuries are:

1) Postural instability

2) Lack of flexibility

3) Misaligned swing mechanics

The golf swing requires the spine to rotate, bend laterally and extend. This requires flexibility that is golf specific.

Golfers suffer from a variety of injuries. Below I have listed the most common injuries for the PGA and LPGA.

PGA: Low Back Pain (25%), Left Wrist (16.1%), Left Shoulder (10.9%), Left Knee (7%), Left Hand (6%)

LPGA: Left Wrist (31.3%), Lower Back (22.4%), Left Hand (7.5%), Left Knee (6%)

Here is a list of common causes of golfing injuries: Amateur and professional: most common is repetitive practice. Amateurs, poor swing mechanics is the 2nd most common. Swing faults are responsible for both amateurs and pros joint complex dysfunction and de-conditioning syndrome. Increased club lengths have contributed as an injury promoter.

Back Pain: Due to the notorious X-Factor as much as 8 times the normal force is put into your low back during a golf swing. The golf swing subjects the lower back to rapid, complex, and intense loading patterns. The lower back must contend with significant lateral bending, shear, compression, and torsional forces. For example, the golf swing generates a peak compression load of more than eight times the body weight in both amateurs and professionals, whereas running and rowing only generate four and seven times body weight, respectively. It is not surprising that 62% of golfers will incur an injury directly related to the sport.