Training to Improve Your Golf Swing
By Cuyler Hudson, PT, DPT, FAFS and Jason Lakritz, PT, DPT, FAFS
The golf swing requires a very specific set of motions at your ankles, hips, and spine. Research has consistently shown that training as specifically as possible for a motion is the best way to improve that motion. Learn how to train your backswing, finish, and impact position as specifically as possible to improve mobility and stability.
Backswing: Your trail hip internally rotates, while your lead hip externally rotates. Your lead ankle pronates while your trail ankle must also maintain pronation. Your spine requires rotation and sidebending in opposite directions (type 1 motion).
Impact: In the impact phase, hips and ankle are in a relatively neutral position. However, your thoracic spine needs TONS of sidebending and rotation in order to get into the correct position.
Follow through: Your lead hip internally rotates, while the trail hip externally rotates. Your lead ankle must (heavily) supinate, while your train ankle pronates. The spine must rotate and sidebend in opposite directions (type 1 motion).