Swing Safe: Avoiding Injuries While Golfing

Swing Safe: Avoiding Injuries While GolfingGolf is one of the sports that offer more mind and body relaxation than physical cramps and pain. Or at least it looks like it. While it’s generally a low-risk sport, partly because it isn’t a contact sport, golfers must also keep in mind that there is also the need of extra precaution while in a golf course.

Acute or overuse injuries and poor mechanics are often the cause of many golf-related injuries, particularly in golfers who are new to the game or do not play regularly. The back, shoulder, and elbow are the three most commonly injured areas in the body. But don’t let this spoil your mood.

Have a worry-free game and get the most out of your golfing experience. Here are ways to avoid injuries while playing your favorite sport.

Warm Up and Flex

Just like in any other physical activity, golf requires you to condition and prepare your body before undertaking what could be strenuous body movements. Before even practicing your swing, start by warming up with a brisk walk or a set of jumping jacks, and don’t forget to do some stretching with your hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, spine and pelvis. Regular stretching can improve your range of motion and can lead to a better golf swing.

For better performance, it is also important to constantly work on strengthening your muscles as it can improve your club speed. Having strong muscles can also make you less prone to injuries. You can achieve this by doing regular strength training exercises. Likewise, you can build up your endurance through regular aerobic activity or walking, jogging, swimming, and bicycling.

Develop Your Swing

Most golf-related injuries stem from the stress that the golfer puts on the back and shoulders when swinging. Thus it is very crucial for any golfer to develop a good, solid swing technique. Your posture is the first thing to check if you want to achieve this. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and distribute your weight equally on both feet. Hunching over the ball may contribute to neck and back strain, so try to avoid it.

Swing smoothly and never overswing. Overemphasizing your wrists during your swing can lead to what is called a golfer’s elbow or a strain of the muscles on the inside of the forearm. Overswinging the club too hard or too fast will lead to stressing your joints. Try to relax. Swings need not be fast; they just need to be consistent in tempo.

Practice Your Grip

Aside from your swing, another item that you should be very keen with is your grip. Whenever you are considering buying new grips for your clubs, comfort should be considered as your top priority. Many wrist problems can be attributed to grip.  Improper or uncomfortable grip could lead to sore, strain, and unwanted pressure on your wrist. Modify your golf grip to avoid this problem.

When choosing grips, keep in mind that stronger grips lock the wrists, and neutral grips only work if proper grip strength is applied. Also, oversized grips that are generally larger and softer can help reduce compressive forces and pressure on the wrist. Try brands like Lamkin Golf Grips, which offers customized grips that match your size. Another trick in reducing grip pressure and avoiding using the strong grip position is by rotating the left hand counterclockwise.

Watch out for hazards

Safety in the course is very important. Being in an open space could expose you to different kinds of hazard. To be protected from the sun, make sure to use sunscreen for your skin, wear sunglasses to filter out UVA and UVB rays, and wear a hat with a visor to shade your eyes and face. Being under the sun also makes you susceptible to dehydration, so always drink lots of water. Also, it is every golfers responsibility to be careful in handling their individual equipments, but you know you can’t always be too sure. So when retrieving a ball, be careful in going through adjoining fairway. Always keep a safe distance from golfers who are preparing to stroke. As for your part, be mindful of your every move. Look ahead and sideways before hitting your ball to make sure that no other golfers are in your range.

Amanda Smith
A blogger based in San Diego, California, Amanda Smith has a penchant for writing about technology and gadgets, travel and arts, health and wellness, and just about anything that tickles her fancy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy catching up on her favorite sitcoms with her yellow Labrador, Chandler Tribbiani.

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