TIPS FOR THE MATURE AGE GOLFER – THINGS TO AVOID

I would say nearly all golfers I know finish a game of golf with a sore back You can head off some of the physical stresses that come with golf by improving your golf fitness and by warming up before you play. Older golfers especially need to take time stretch their muscles, focusing on their legs, shoulders and back.

THE WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

Rushing to golf, just in time to make your hit off time and attempt a career best drive down the first without any stretching  Give yourself plenty  of time before you play get the clubs out of the car slowly  Stretch your hamstrings and calves by putting your leg up on something about chair height and gently leaning forward to feel the stretch down the back for your legs 5 to 10 seconds on each side and through twice. Either Swing loosely with your driver a dozen or so times and if available possibly hit a dozen balls into the practice net or on the driving range. Your first drive should be well within your maximum the adage is 80% effort because the other 20% just gets you into trouble

Pulling your buggy behind you Buggy’s are designed to push ,Put both hands on the handle and push it at waist height ,most buggies these days have a third wheel to make this easier .If you hire a trolley it is two wheeled still best to push it just make sure you don’t let it dig into the grass in front of you takes an awful lot of strain off you low back. Having an awkward swing that makes you rotate your spine too much

Do yourself a favour and have some golf lessons, most courses will run clinics to tune up your golf swing. Lessons will remove some of the habits that might be contributing to your back pain. The golf swing is a simple movement but has the potential to damage your spine if done incorrectly.

Its important to do some warm up exercises first

  • Stretches
  • Foot up against a wall or a tree to stretch calf
  • Foot on wheel of buggy or seat and have the one on the ground facing the same direction

 

For over 50 years and thousands of patients, the Yaksich osteopath clinic has been helping West Australians by providing quality health care pain management for back, neck and shoulder injury. Yaksich osteopathy clinic is a member of Osteopathy Australia and offer allied osteopathic medicine, rehabilitation & remedial therapy.