Are you dreaming green?
Dreaming of green
Yes, this winter was a harsh one. And yes, the spring seems THAT far away!
Looking forward though, I anticipate a mad rush for the outdoor tennis courts and the driving ranges praying that the drainage systems are working at their most efficient!
There is a reason why most sports have an off-season, a pre-season, and an in-season. Golf is just around the corner and in order to fully reap the benefits of a healthy season, getting a jump-start is the key.
All too often, we don’t prepare enough for the activities that we enjoy, thinking that we can jump into them and start where we left off.
In past articles, we have discussed that there are 4 basic steps that are required to properly work through an injury or improve your performance in any sport: Flexibility, Stability, Strength, and Power. Whether you are Jane Smith, John Doe, or even Sydney Crosby, these steps are crucial in that you can have a much better chance of success with the least amount of pain or injury.
Follow these steps and plan properly for the next 3 months until the golf season starts and you will hit the ground running!
After having worked on your OWN flexibility and what is required of YOU (not everything has to be stretched), then a SPORT Action Plan must be set up in order to create better stability through joints that often get affected with the golf swing (lower back, hips, shoulders and upper back).
From there, strengthening your core muscles and developing your strength in rotation can get you a better swing (provided you have a golf pro/coach who can guide you along the way as well!)
All sports create asymmetries, which is normal. Tennis players have huge forearms. Golfers rotate better one way compared to the other. What we need to do is balance out the body in order to not “reinforce” the imbalances. This must happen in the off-season! Therefore, a golfer who rotates better to one side, should effectively learn to rotate the other way in order to help stabilize the lower back.
Armed with this information, the golfer can rely on proper and effective exercises for a better pre-season! Make an appointment with us in order to determine what you would need for your “spring training”!