Stay on course with these top tips
Whether an old hand or new to the sport, golf is an addictive sporting pastime for many
across the nation. The British Chiropractic Association is encouraging amateur golfers to
check their swing to avoid unnecessary injury. Having just one joint or muscle out of line
can make 18 holes seem like 108 and it’s no wonder if you have to swing your club 70-100
times with an injured back or wrist. By simply aligning the body perfectly, everyone can
play golf better, with less effort and have more fun at the same time.
High profile professional golfers can suffer injuries, but the amateur player may be more at
risk than Rory, Justin or Lee! Poor technique, inadequate stretching prior and post-match
and incorrectly carrying heavy golf bags are the main causes, but following a few simple
tips can solve the problem.

The Pressure Points
The lower back, shoulders and wrists are the most obvious joints at risk for golfers
through the repetitive nature of the golf swing, but carrying a golf bag can also place
an enormous strain on your neck. Take advantage of the latest golf accessories specially
designed to help such as lighter bags and dual harness straps over shoulders to distribute
weight evenly.

Warm Up
Golfers often don’t warm up properly before playing – if muscles are not prepared by
a good stretching routine, this can lead to a lack of flexibility and injury. Spend two
or three minutes warming up before teeing off. Stretch hamstring, quads, chest
muscles and shoulders.

On the Course

Drive – make the most of your swing; warm up on the driving range.
Don’t forget that, like any sport, a good post-event stretch is also required.
When picking up golf bags, bend carefully from the knees.
Contrary to popular belief, trolleys are not the best way to caddy clubs as this builds
unnecessary pressure from pulling and bending in the wrong positions. A power or
electric caddy is the safest way to go around.
Wear proper shoes for stability and to help avoid twisting the back and hips.

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