Taking up a new sport can be highly rewarding, both physically and mentally, but it’s essential to take caution and learn the proper movements to avoid future injury. Like many sports practicing the wrong move can set you up for an injury, which is why professional instruction is always best no matter the sport. One sport that can be particularly harmful to new players is golf. The amount of pressure this game puts on your back and wrists during a swing can very easily set a player up for injuries. Even with proper instruction, the game can still cause some serious injuries – take Tiger Woods knee and back issues for example. If you’re looking to take up the game we highly suggest professional instruction, but also reading up on potential injury-prone areas of the swing (like those covered in this post).
The most frequently injured area of the body from golf is the back, so it’s essential to use a proper posture when swinging the club. Slouching can jar your back when you swing, so make sure to be in control of your posture at all times, even when trying to loosen up. Your feet should be positioned in a comfortable stance a little more than shoulder-width apart, and there should be a slight bend at your hips, with a straight back. Your arms should hang straight down from your shoulders, and then the club should be positioned within your hands. The common fault here is a rounded back, which not only disrupts your swing path, but also can put a ton of pressure and strain on your back muscles & joints. When it comes time to take the swing… use the combination of your upper and lower body to create the power behind it. An all-arms swing is one of the largest contributors to back injuries in the game. A proper sequenced downswing, built on an address position based in fundamentals will be your best chance to avoid back injuries while playing the game.
Many amateurs make the mistake in their attempts to get more distance to stiffen up their muscles by gripping the club like their life depended on it, and by swinging as fast as humanly possible. Ironically, these two strategies are counter-intuitive. In order to truly maximize swing speed, ones muscles and joints must be soft and fluid in order to stretch and flex properly, storing energy that can then be translated to power into the ball. A jerky, stiff armed swing puts a lot of pressure on your shoulders and wrists, as these joints are trying their darnedest to keep the club where you want it to be.
One of my good golfing buddies had such a steep descent into a ball, he made a bad swing, and bam, dislocated his wrists – needed surgery. He has never returned to the game after his years of recovery. Instead, keep things light and relaxed. You’d be surprised that you can still drive the ball a long ways, and now your don’t allow your limbs to extend past the point of comfort. If you do feel a slight injury make sure you take the time to recuperate before hitting the course again, you can instead watch some golf on tv, or play games on your computer or even can practice other gaming skills on online bingo sites. List of the best bingo sites can be found here. Start by hitting the range, and make simple movements to test your wrist strength – try putting and chipping before working your way up to a full swing. If you feel pain, you still need more time to recover. If you’re feeling good, let er rip – but remember to stay loose and relaxed.
If you usually only have a lower level of physical activity then don’t expect to be a superhero on the course. If you swing lights out, you’re much more likely to hit the ball further into the woods than that elusive straight shot that actually goes where you were aiming. Anyways, poor swing habits will only lead to issues further down the line and cause you pain later in the process, instead work up to it slowly, and get professional instruction if you are really interested in learning the game. Practicing in smaller doses is much healthier and allows the aspiring player to let their body adjust to the new activity before diving in at the deep end. Stay safe out there!