Important Tips for Golfers – from the American Chiropractic
1) AVOID WEARING SHOES WITH METAL SPIKES
Not only do they tear up the greens, but they also increase stress on the back. Wear soft shoes or soft spikes to allow for greater range of motion.
2) PULL, DON’T CARRY, YOUR GOLF BAG
Carrying a heavy bag for 18 holes can cause the spine to shrink, leading to disc problems and nerve irritation. If you prefer to ride in a cart, alternate riding and walking every other hole since bouncing around in a cart can also be hard on the spine.
3) KEEP YOUR ENTIRE BODY INVOLVED
Every third hole, take a few practice swings with the opposite hand swinging in the opposite direction to keep your muscles balanced and even out stress on the back.
4) DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Dehydration causes early fatigue, leading you to
compensate by adjusting your swing, thus increasing the risk of injury. Don’t smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while
golfing, as both cause loss of fluid.
5) TAKE THE “DROP”
One bad swing-like striking a root or a rock with your club-can damage a wrist. If unsure whether you can get a clean
swing, then take the drop.