Are you suffering from PAIN and TIGHTNESS during your golf swing? Do you feel that you could achieve that perfect swing, if only your body would cooperate?
If you’re looking for that perfect, pain-free swing, this post is for you!
My name is Dr. James Porco, and I have helped everyone from weekend golfers to PGA Pros perfect their golf swings without pain or stiffness.
I am a sports physical therapist at Back in Motion Sport & Spine Physical Therapy in Fort Myers, Florida with advanced Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) training experience, as well as extensive experience in:
- Athletic Performance
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Exercise Science
- Strength & Conditioning
- Golf Biomechanics
My role as a physical therapist who works with golfers of all levels is to provide a full-body treatment approach that enhances performance and promotes pain-free play.
From my ample training and experience in golf performance and injury treatment, I know that a full-body connection is needed to upgrade your game.
This is why I am sharing the five best tips (along with exercises) to enhance your golf game. These tips target the key areas of your body that are involved in a golf swing.
All of my golfers have enjoyed an immediate improvement in their golf performance by following these tips and exercises under my guidance.
Beware: These five tips may make your competitors upset and your golf buddies envious.
Tip #1: Rotate Your Upper Back
We all know that good rotation is key to a good swing. So, what happens when you can’t fully turn your upper back during your swing?
Well, your form will end up looking like the guy’s form in the right photo. Other areas of your body will get pushed out of alignment to compensate for a stiff upper back, resulting in an inefficient swing.
Signs that you are not rotating your upper back enough during your golf swing include:
- Head angled diagonally rather than forward
- Inconsistent contact with the ball
- Pain/stiffness in your neck and/or lower back
- The tendency to “push” the ball, meaning that your swing goes too far right of the target, sending the ball straight to the right
A stiff upper back is usually caused by a lack of mobility (meaning the ability to move freely) in your thoracic spine, which is the longest portion of your spine and runs from the base of your neck to your abdomen.
You’ll need to practice thoracic spine mobility exercises to help your swing look more like the ideal swing shown in the photo.
Here’s a great thoracic spine mobility exercise that helps my golfers rotate their upper backs without pain or stiffness: