26 Feb Get Ready for Golf Season – By Seeing a Physical Therapist
With a few months left before golf season, many golfers are wondering, “How do I get prepared?”. Having a successful and injury-free golf season begins now. With a few months left in the “off-season,” we recommend focusing on a couple specific areas that will help you prevent injury and boost your game.
Make sure your equipment is well-fitted. The off-season is a great time to head to your local golf store and have your clubs fitted professionally. When golf clubs are not fitted specifically to each individual, our body must compensate during the golf swing. These compensations can increase your score and set you up for injury.
Condition your body. If you have physical limitations affecting your swing efficiency, now is the time to work on them. Finding a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified medical instructor like Dr. Matt Zaudtke with Body One Physical Therapy, can be the difference between a full, injury-free season or one cut short by aches and pains.
Make a plan. Using the information gained from a consultation with Body One Physical Therapy, you will have the tools and plan to set yourself up for success. Individualized strength, control, and stability exercises will allow for improved swing mechanics and limit those common swing faults. Simple exercises done correctly, like bridges, pelvic tilts, squats, and deadlifts can make a huge difference in your golf swing. Combining that with a great mobility/flexibility regimen will allow your body more freedom of movement on each swing. Remember, it is always best to ease into the season using these exercises to “prime” your body and slowly work your way up to a full 18 holes of golf.
A well-rounded assessment of your golf swing and movement patterns can help identify areas of weakness and help prevent injury while playing the game you love. For more information on how Body One Physical Therapy can assist you in assessing your movement and providing a custom injury prevention and fitness program, please visit our Golf Program page. For a pre-golf warm-up video, click here.