“I feel tight and have restricted range of motion” is the number one complaint usually heard from golfers when not playing well. Rectifying the underlying causes of immobility needs to be the first prescription in this case. However, not all fluid movement pattern issues are caused by soft tissue tightness and this creates frustration.
Sometimes the technical golf movement being taught is seemingly unable to be executed by the golfer even when committed to quality practice time. After any possible muscle restriction is cleared, another reason maybe that the connection is missing between hearing the cue, and the body actually being able to understand and carry out the changes required in the movement pattern.
It is important to then test neurological Kinematic Sequencing. Just like a highway with road works, road closures and diversions, the neural pathway may not be open, the foundational kinematic chain is not in place. Due to the most efficient signal routes being blocked or underdeveloped, the body has created its own route diversions to allow the person to get to the outcome desired.
A quick sequencing test to see where the power in your golf swing is coming from is to lay on the floor with your body stretched out straight, toes up, heel to heel and in a comfortable resting position. Next place the palm of each hand on the same side of your body underneath the center of each glute. Now engage your glute muscles as tight as you can. If your hamstring and quadriceps muscles tightened up considerably during this test, your glutes are not the main power source in your golf swing, which is important.
Practice this sequencing drill daily until you can engage the glutes without tightening the other leg muscles and you will reclaim the “King of Power in your golf swing – the glutes!
Sidney Silver is a TPI Golf Medical & Fitness expert. www.SilverSportsTherapy.com