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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Your Golf Swing is Hurting Your Game. It’s Also Hurting Your Back.

Posted By: Advancing Care

Medically reviewed by Kenneth Austin, MD and Daniel Charen, MD

For players young and old, golf offers a healthy escape from the daily grind; however, it's not without risks. Back injuries are the most common type of golf injury, but issues with shoulders, elbows, wrists and knees can happen, too. 

The good news? Most golf injuries are preventable, and by implementing proper techniques, you can even improve your swing in the process.

group playing golf 

Warm-Up and Cool-Down 

Don't tee off cold. A proper warm-up increases blood flow, improving flexibility and reducing injury risk. Focus on dynamic stretches mimicking the golf swing, like arm circles, torso twists and leg swings. After your round, don’t just hop right in the car—do some gentle cool-down stretches to aid recovery and prevent stiffness. 

Strengthen Your Core 

A strong core is essential for a powerful, stable swing. Incorporate exercises like planks, bridges and Russian twists into your routine. A strong core not only protects your back but also improves your swing plane and rotation.  

Focus on Your Grip 
An incorrect grip can lead to various injuries, especially in the wrists and forearms. Experiment with different grip styles (overlap, interlock, ten-finger) and consult a pro to find one that feels most natural and secure for you. 

Choose the Right Equipment 

Properly fitted clubs can significantly improve your game and swing performance and prevent injuries. Clubs that are too long or too short can put unnecessary stress on your joints. Consult a club fitting professional to ensure your equipment matches your height and swing. 

Vary Your Shots 

Don't just practice your full swing. Spend time on the driving range practicing chips, pitches and putts. This will help you develop a more well-rounded game and avoid overuse injuries from repetitive full swings. 

By following these tips, you can enjoy golf for years to come while minimizing the risk of injury.

To learn more about orthopedic injury treatment and prevention, or to make an appointment, reach out to a sports medicine specialist at Bon Secours Orthopedics or call 845.777.3550 or WMCHealth Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy or call 914.789.2700.