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Fore! Part 1

 

I have several different hobbies, but my main hobby is golf. I love the game for many reasons, one of those being its technicality. There is so much that goes into a golf swing. The grip, stance, swing plane, body movement, club head speed, attack angle, the launch angle and this only names a few of the factors that make up a golf swing. They are all vitally important as well because the difference between the shot you made and the shot you wanted to make may only be due to a half degree on the club face, or slight deviation from the club plane. That slight variation may be the difference between a win at a club tournament, professional championship or just a skins game.

Each and every factor that goes into a golf swing is indispensably important, but how much focus is spent, by the average golfer accessing the bio mechanics of the golf swing? How much time do they spend ensuring their body is functioning at its optimal level? From my experience they do not focus on this nearly enough. For example, if all the fundamentals of your golf swing are perfect, but you are unable physically to make the necessary turn with your shoulders on the back swing or turn through while maintaining the proper angle you will not be playing to your full potential. This small physical limitation hinders the entire fundamentals of your golf swing that is already technically arduous to achieve.

There are, give or take, 650-700 skeletal muscles in your body and they all play a pivotal part in your golf swing.1 I have learned in school that subluxation may cause nerve interference and that nerve interference can effect the function of these muscles. In a recent article I read that outlines the muscles activated in the golf swing I was fascinated with how many muscles must function in synchronization to complete the swing. If someone were to have a subluxation and any of these muscles were not functioning properly it will change their swing entirely. Through chiropractic, one is able to restore neurological function to the muscles enhancing performance and reducing the chance of injury. There are at least 15 different muscles involved in the initial takeaway, and if one of these muscles is not firing properly the rhythm of the whole golf swing may be altered. The result is a different swing and a different outcome than what you had intended for.

1. Ingraham, Paul. “How Many Muscles.” Pain Science. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.
2. Maddlozzo, John. “An Anatomical and Biomechanics Analysis of the Golf Swing.” Active Edge MAT. Web. 26 Mar. 2016..