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When you think about the twisting, bending over and stopping and starting that comes with playing the game of golf, it’s no wonder that for many it’s a straight-shot toward lower back, knee, hip or shoulder and wrist trouble.

The majority of golfers play until they get hurt, but there are ways that you can be proactive against injury when it comes to playing golf—and all the while improving your game.

Take these chiropractic-based tips into consideration when getting out on the course.

  • Get the right equipment. Make sure the clubs you are playing with are made for a person of your size and stature. Seek help from a PGA teaching professional if you’re not sure about your equipment. We have one in our office to help with any questions you might have.
  • Aim to improve your flexibility. Spend extra time stretching before and after your rounds.
  • If you’re just starting, take lessons. It is vital that you learn the proper swing technique. You should be standing up straight at the end of a swing—not standing with your back twisted. This is what leads some patients to develop a condition known as “golfer’s elbow” when their swing mechanics are off.
  • Choose the right shoes. Experts recommend that you ditch metal-spiked shoes for soft shoes or spikes, which impose less stress on the back. You should also wear orthotics, which are custom-made shoe inserts that better support you and absorb shock.
  • Pull your golf bag rather than carry it. Carrying a heavy golf bag can shrink your spine. Riding in a golf cart can also be hard on your spine, so try walking every other hole if you are used to using a golf cart to get around.
  • Balance your body. Do this by taking practice swings with the other hand to make sure all the stress is not falling on just one side of your body.
  • Don’t smoke or drink alcohol while golfing. This will cause you to lose fluid, prompting you to overcompensate by overexerting on your swing.

Zach is one of our chiropractic assistants and is a PGA Class A teaching professional who would be happy to answer any specifics questions our patients have about mechanics or equipment.

If you do suffer an injury or experience pain caused by your favorite game, chiropractic care can help. At #AdvantageChiropracticClinic, we are specially trained in the arena of sports medicine. We can provide advice for golfers, as well as treat any health concerns they may have.

Give us a call today at 334-821-2552! #ACC #Auburn #Golf #Golfing #GolfInjuries


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  1. Joe E. Gibson says
    Nov 19, 2016 at 6:26 AM

    Really agree with you about "Balance your body". Some people don't balance well when playing golf and it can be bad for their health!

  2. says
    Jul 25, 2018 at 8:01 PM

    That makes sense to wear soft shoes. Those will wear better as you walk the course. The feet are where musculoskeletal health begins.

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