Golf Tip: Maximizing Distance With Proper Posture


Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 06-Jun-2014

Now that the summer has finally arrived and golf season is in full swing (pun absolutely intended), it’s time to once again look at ways we can improve our game. Maximizing distance is definitely one of those ways. However, when it comes to maximizing distance, if you don’t start in a good position, you’re not going to be able to create the force you need to hit the ball far.
 
THE PHYSICS OF MAXIMIZING DISTANCE:
Physics dictates that for a ball to travel far, we need higher club head speeds with efficient energy transfer from the club to the ball in order to have an ideal launch angle with minimal spin. To achieve that high club head speed, we have to transfer the energy efficiently from our body to the club. This begins at setup. However, most recreational golfers address the ball by flexing their spine which not only increases the likelihood of injury, it also makes it impossible to reach maximum speed. The reason is that you only have a finite amount of movement from your spine in all ranges. For every degree you flex your spine to address the ball, you have that much less range to rotate and create speed.
 
IMPROVING YOUR ADDRESS MECHANICS:
In the following video, Dr. Jason Lemieux (owner of Physiomed Oakville and a TPI Medical Golf Fitness Professional) demonstrates how to improve your address mechanics so you can maximize your club head speed and avoid back pain.
 

 
 
As you’ve seen, from the above video, a key to this address is openness in your hips. Below, Dr. Lemieux recommends a very specific exercise that can help:
 

 
 
If you’re just now getting into your season, take a look at this great article by Dr. Lemieux on how to get your body ready. It appeared in last month’s edition of Oakville Voice (click here and then go to page 16).


Dr. Scott Wilson

Dr. Scott Wilson is the Founder & Chairman of Physiomed; one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of inter-disciplinary healthcare clinics. A graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Wilson founded Physiomed in 1994 and has since grown Physiomed to over 30 clinics in Southern Ontario and British Columbia. With hundreds of practitioners from over a dozen disciplines, Dr. Wilson and Physiomed have helped over 100,000 Canadians with physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, orthotic therapy, compression therapy and clinical conditioning as part of a program of rehabilitation and health optimization. In addition to helping patients improve their physical and mental well-being, Dr. Wilson has also mentored hundreds of practitioners to provide better care while enjoying more fulfilling careers. He is also a keynote speaker on many health related topics including how physiotherapy, chiropractic and health & wellness treatment can help with stress, weight loss, and unlocking the true potential within to achieve lasting physical well-being.

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