When you consider the spinal rotation that goes into a golf swing and the fact that the speed of the club can reach 160 km/hour, it’s easy to understand that golf puts significant stress on your body. One key to success on the golf course can’t be found at the pro shop. It’s the physical condition of the golfer. Pain shouldn’t be par for the course. Stay in the game by protecting your back.
Follow these tips to improve your game and prevent pain:
1. Warm up and warm down: Start with a brisk walk -10 to 15 minutes should do it, followed by some light stretching. Stretch after your game, too!
2. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after your game. Remember that once you are thirsty, you are already starting to dehydrate.
3. Push, don’t carry, your golf bag: Pushing or pulling your bag and taking turns riding in a cart can help you prevent back injury. If you prefer to carry your clubs, use a double-strap bag that evenly distributes the weight. If your bag gets too heavy, put it down and take a break.
4. Choose the right shoes: Wearing a golf shoe with good support and the proper fit can help prevent knee, hip and lower back pain.
5. Take lessons: Working with a professional is a great way to learn the basics. A golf pro can also observe and help improve your swing which can spare you unnecessary pain.
If you’re experiencing back pain, consult a chiropractor to assess your specific needs and identify a course of action that’s right for you.