Monday, May 17, 2010

Golf Muscles – Where does the problem lie – Part 3

Takeaway Phase

The Takeaway phase involves moving from the Address position into the Backswing position. This phase is essentially the coiling of the upper body into a position where it can store energy for quick release. This is very similar to coiling up a spring, before releasing it. The lower body acts as the base from which the spring is released.
In general terms, a strong balanced core will protect your spine and promote good coil and recoil actions. This not only translates into a more powerful and accurate golf swing, but also serves to prevent a host of kinetic–chain–related injuries.

Active Muscles
Some of the most active upper extremity muscles that play a critical role in stabilizing the upper body during the golf swing include the Trapezius, Subscapularis, Levator Scapulae, Rhomboids, Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus and Pectoralis Major.

Some of the most active Core muscles that play an important role for a right-handed golfer are: Gluteus Maximus, External Oblique (L), Internal Oblique (R), and the Erector Spinae (L).

In addition to these muscles, the majority of golfers that we see at our clinic also have tight hip flexors (Psoas/iliacus). These hip flexors help to maintain a good spinal angle throughout the entire golf swing. Tight or restricted hip flexors commonly cause low back pain and a decrease in swing performance.

In our next blog we will review the Forward Swing Phase.

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