Biomechanics for Beginning Golfers

April 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Beginners Golf Tips

Beginners to golfing should never get started without understanding the biomechanics behind the golf swing. Biomechanics are the internal and external forces that work on the body when completing a swing, including the movements of the muscles and skeletal system.

If a golfer swings but has no proper understanding of the correct alignment, he increases his chances of being seriously injured. The golfer will also have trouble getting up the right amount of power necessary for completion of a swing.

Simply put biomechanics is about analyzing your swing, breaking it down into individual sections and pinpointing any problems there are. When you swing a club there is an entire rhythm involved as your muscles and joints move in sync in order to carry off the swing and hit the ball.

For beginners there are simple tricks that can be done to make a golfers swing more efficient and powerful. Use these three tips that don’t even require picking up a golf club.

Improved posture

If you tend to carry yourself with your shoulders slumped off the course it is a good chance you do the same movements when on the course. Not only does bad posture make your swing wide and inconsistent, it seriously increases your risk of injury.

Since bad posture causes increased strain on your lower back, golfers with bad posture find they experience muscle fatigue and are unable to carry through with their swing. Overtime this bad posture can result in a bad swing that becomes habitual and will take much more help to fix.

Warm up

The importance of a proper warm up can never be overestimated, regardless of the sport being played. In golf, the muscles are involved in a lot of movement of the swing from the hips to the arms, and the lower back.

The constant repetition of movement can easily cause these muscles to become strained, especially if the muscles are not warmed up beforehand. Increase the flexibility of your swing by warming up for at least 10 minutes before you take a swing.

Core Work

The core of the body needs to be strong to be successful in your golf swing. The core is made up of the group of muscles in the middle of your body, below the chest and above the knees, involving the lower back and sides as well.

A strong core is vital for maintaining the necessary posture, power, range of motion and flexibility found in the best golf swings. Golfers who lack a strong core often compensate by putting too much pressure on other muscles in the body and experiencing lower back pain. Exercises that condition the core help increase the strength in this area of the body.

Remember, all the practice in the world cannot help a beginning golfer who has no practical experience to feel the right way of holding the club and originating the range of motion needed to improve a golf swing.

Consider signing up for a conditioning course or biomechanics instructor that can help you learn the best way to improve your swing.

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