Improving Your Swing & Lowering Your Handicap - A Golfers guide to how osteopathy can help
Golf is a perpetual source of exasperation (with the occasional moments of joy) for those who play. There is a constant need for greater accuracy and increased power that oftentimes leads to ceaseless technical drills and alteration to form, in a never ending cycle to reach that elusive consistent swing. These tweaks do garner some success, and training with a good swing coach is crucial to improving performance, but is this enough?
The movement pattern required for a golf swing is highly complex, the consistent swing requires coordination of all the muscles and joints in the body, with the added input of balance and timing. Any small movements are amplified by the length of the golf club, this results in large changes in golf-head trajectory. Therefore, even small disruptions in movement patterns can cause large disruptions in your golfing performance.
All human movement requires an intuitive response; the body chooses the path of least resistance. The goal in golf is to address the ball with a neutral clubface and strike the ball in the centre of the face to produce a forward projection in a reasonably straight manner.
Problems arise if anywhere along the backswing or downswing, there is an impediment to this motion, and therefore issues can occur with regard to:
The face of the club
The path which the club takes to reach the ball
The power of the body