Less is More

Colorado's beautiful weather, gorgeous scenery, and challenging courses all push people to get out and enjoy a great round of golf. It is often difficult for me to get a round of golf in, but I enjoy it to its fullest when I get the chance to. As a therapist, I often feel that I cannot just watch people and simply exist (which I am working on). It is in my DNA to observe and analyze movements and patterns.

 

If you have ever had the privilege of golfing with me, you will quickly realize that I am not a golf pro. For the safety of the general public, I should be banned from most courses. That being said, I find the mechanics of the golf swing to be fascinating. It is a very complex task that requires precision with vision, balance, breathing, and muscular systems. Due to the complexity of the swing, there are multiple problems that can arise. On the lesser end of the spectrum (contrary to a golfer's opinion) an individual can have a poor shot. On the more serious end of the spectrum, these problems can lead to injury . Golf is a very patterned sport where the same moves are performed repeatedly.

 

Here is a compilation of some of today's best golfers.


A common feature that all of these golfers share involves generating a ton of power from the hips. Their backs remain quiet and firm. They shift into and out of their hips effortlessly and, because of this, they do not have to make up for that motion in their backs, arms, or knees. They swing relatively easily and the ball "jumps" off of the club face. When golfers fail to rotate into one or both of their hips, these rotational demands are passed on to joints above and below the hips, namely the low back, SI joints, and the knees. Th