The average golfer has limited range of motion. This range is limited even more so because of inactivity and large amounts of time dedicated to sitting behind desks hunched over a computer. So when you go straight to full speed, hitting golf balls with limited mobility, you then breakdown the primary key to the foundation of movement. Thus, compensation occurs and inconsistency becomes a factor during your round.
Mobility is a key that unlocks the potential for consistency, accuracy and distance. Performing movement patterns centred on joints that are designed to be mobile, you will able to move efficiently.
You will be able to maximize your full potential if you have full range of motion. If the range of motion is limited, then you start to compensate and use other parts of the body to do the work that it’s not intended to do. This can lead to poor shots and possibly injury.
When these mobile joints have limited range of motion, we will compromise and start to use the stable areas to perform mobility work. This is how we get the injuries in the knees, lower back, upper back and the elbow. When the mobile joints have the capacity to move within a full range of motion, the stability joints can do their job, resulting in consistency and accuracy.
Mobility is the foundation that needs to occur first to increase improvement.
Look at the following joints and see if you have the ideal range of motion
Appointments with Paul for golf lessons in Wicklow can be booked via Powerscourt Golf Club Reception: Tel (01) 204 6033 or the Golf Shop Tel (01) 204 6031. Read more about lessons from Paul Thompson by visiting the Powerscourt Golf Club Website.
Following the announcement that Ireland will return to full Level 5 restrictions golf is prohibited from 1st – 31st January 2021.
For now we are advised to stay home and stay safe to ensure that we continue to flatten the curve. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Powerscourt Golf Club in the not distant future. ‘STAY THE COURSE SO WE CAN GET BACK OUT ON THE COURSE’
Gavin Hunt Golf Manager