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  • Writer's pictureMary Curtis McCracken

How to unlock your golf potential

Golf Swing

It's that time of year again. The smell of freshly mowed grass, beautifully flowered trees, and big open fairways are waiting - are you ready?


We all want to be able to hit the ball long, play a round without fatigue, and do it all pain-free. And let's also not forget the friendly competition on the course. Who doesn't want to win?


To increase your golf potential, you must consider your golf fitness level.


Golf requires mobility, power, stability, and motor control. If you sit at a computer for a good bit of the day at work you will likely be limited in all of these and as we age they all decline. But the good news is you can work on golf-specific training and get your body equipped to elevate your game.


Spine, hip, shoulder, knee, and ankle mobility are necessary to swing a golf club. When any of these are limited, your mechanics may be altered and could result in less efficiency in your golf swing. Power, strength, stability, and motor control are required throughout your shoulder, spine, abdomen, and hips to decrease the risk of injury and increase longevity on the golf course.

Golf Swing

So get moving in the gym. It doesn't have to be a commercial gym - you can do fitness training in your own home. Most professional golfers on the PGA Tour have a regimented workout that they do regularly, the same can apply to the rest of us.


If you don't know where to start, see a physical therapist who can identify your individual deficits and develop a golf-specific training program for you. A proper training program will allow you to unlock your golf potential and enjoy long days on the course for years to come.


To schedule a Golf-Specific PT appointment, call us at (828)550-3923 or leave a message on our site!


 

Mary Curtis McCracken

PT, MPT, MED

Mary Curtis McCracken, Physical Therapist

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