The Professional Golfer's Secret Weapon (Not Available In Stores)
By Sean Masters CES, PES, NASM- CPT
There is a reason why the driver is not only the best-selling club sold in golf stores, but is also the most expensive club in your bag. Everyone wants to have a more powerful golf swing and drive it farther down the fairway. A 300-yard bomb off the tee box that splits the fairway and makes your friend say, “whoa!” is what makes GOLF sexy. We’ve all heard the saying, “drive for show and putt for dough”. Turn on the Golf Channel, or watch any golf tournament (like the BMW Championship we had this past weekend) and you’re more than likely to come across a few Taylor Made or Titleist commercials touting their new 460cc wonder-wood that is guaranteed to help you drive it 20 or 30 yards closer to the hole. But how good is a $400 club if the body swinging it doesn’t have enough mobility, stability, and power to generate the necessary club head speed to make your $400 fairway Ferrari worth $400!?! If you want to make the most of the investment in your bag and have a more powerful golf swing, this is the blog you need to read.
Golf doesn’t get the respect it deserves as an “athletic man’s” sport. Some people still have a lingering image of players with beer-bellies, cigars, and knickers, when in fact players today are putting just as much time in at the gym as they are on the range working on their fade. The amount of athleticism these pros have in order to crush the ball down the fairway and grind through 72 holes every week without injury is staggering. So, why can’t us “bogey-golfers” play 18 holes one Sunday a month and drive it 300 yards? The answer is simple... body preparation.
Golf is a rotational sport, but here’s the thing -- life isn’t so rotational. Most of us spend 40+ hours per week slumped in front of a computer (not rotating), driving to and from work (not rotating), watching TV on the couch (definitely not rotating!), and worst yet, hitting the gym and staring at ourselves in the mirror as we sculpt our guns! (You guessed it. Not rotating). So, how can we expect to actually drive like a pro when nothing we do outside the course prepares up to impress our friends on the course? As much as we want to believe it, having a brand new Nike driver in your hands and a swoosh hat on your head will not help us drive the ball like Tiger Woods. If you want to add 10 yards to your drive this weekend, start by mobilizing the mobile areas of the body: the hips and thoracic spine (mid-back). Check out our Facebook page in the next few days to see how.
Why mobility? Think about a rubber band. If you grab two ends of the rubber band and pull them apart, the stretch on the band creates tension or potential energy. As you let it go, the potential energy becomes kinetic energy and the two ends violently come together. If the rubber is strong and doesn’t have any cracks, the more you pull the two ends apart, the more power you will produce. The body is the same way. When your body is stable and balanced, you can more freely mobilize the hips and thoracic spine during the backswing (creating more potential energy), thus transferring more power into the golf ball during the downswing. The result? Sending your Pro V1 screaming right into the lumbar yard (Caddy Shack reference).
Remember to check out our Facebook page this week for mobility exercises!
Stay tuned next month for a new blog from your friendly rehab specialist...and now your favorite blogger...Sean Masters!