As most of us who are experiencing winter are forced to realize, watching golf on TV is a poor substitute for playing the game. Despite how much we dream about hitting the same shot over the ocean at Pebble Beach that Phil is faced with, golf is not only played in the mind. Sooner or later, spring will arrive and we’ll need to sync our golf minds and actual golf body.
The problem is, without a consistent fitness routine, it’s easy for our bodies to lose the physical components such as flexibility, strength, and stability that play a huge role in the execution of a biomechanically efficient golf swing.
Research of the golf swing supports the body-swing connection, which states the following: in order to execute a biomechanically efficient golf swing, certain levels of flexibility, mobility, stability, strength, and power are required of the body. If the body is lacking in any one or a number of the physical components required of the golf swing, the ability to execute an efficient golf swing will be impeded.
Unfortunately, golf swing fundamentals are easily lost over the course of a 5-6 month winter. In addition, much of what our body learned in terms of flexibility, mobility and stability will evaporate as well if not maintained.
The reality for many amateur golfers is that a “disconnect” exists relative to the body-swing connection, where physical parameters such as flexibility or stability are lacking thus creating a situation where the ability to execute a biomechanically efficient swing will not occur. Regardless of how much time and effort is spent practicing and on instruction, if the physical parameters required to execute the golf swing are absent, the ability to execute the golf swing will be impeded.
Unfortunately, in such situations where physical dysfunctions are impeding one’s ability to execute the golf swing, the development of swing faults occur. A primary example of a swing fault associated with physical limitations is an “over the top” move during the down swing. Research points to a lack of mobility in the hips and core stability as key physical components causing this type of compensation within the execution of the golf swing.
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