Golfers all over the country will be tuned in with keen interest considering the Irish representation in the US Masters today. Already there has been some notable incidents with tournament favourite Dustin Johnson suffering a fall at home and injuring his back. We’ll wait and see what emerges here but something tells me that he’ll be alright on the night!
The traditional Par 3 competition on the eve of Day 1 has been a washout and abandoned for the first time ever. Players may be forgiven for not being too upset as a winner of the Par 3 competition has never won the US Masters in the same year.
As a physio and a golf fan, the US Masters is the unofficial start of the domestic golfing season. Players all over the country begin to get the appetite for the game back coinciding with the change in the weather.
Inevitably, this brings with it a few interesting challenges. The golf swing is a complex beast no matter what a player’s handicap or ability is! Biomechanically there is a huge amount of force being created and that can have a major impact on some of the structures in the body – Just ask Tiger!
In reality, the majority of recreational golfers would be really well served by committing a small amount of time and effort into a short routine performed 2-3 times per week in an effort to keep the body supple and strong.
There is a myriad of opinion on what is the best routine and exercises to focus on. I’m a firm believer that the best exercises to focus on are the ones that get done!
Designing a manageable and time efficient routine is very achievable. Small changes to a weekly routine can lead to a significant increase in both improving performance and preventing niggles and injury. Strength training and mobility exercises are largely the key ingredient in this process. Tailoring the program to either the living room floor or the squat rack in the gym depends on the individual.
As a golfing Physio, my mind is always analysing practical ways to try and help with the enjoyment of one of the best and worst games around. The fact that you can get better as you get older is a unique attraction with this game and maybe why it’s so appealing??
If you want to discuss any of your golfing ailments feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can phone the clinic on 01-4964002.
Ronan Fallon (MISCP) Personal Health Director of Physiotherapy