You’re Only as Strong as Your Weakest Link
It is clearly a literal fact that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In this case I am referring to the Kinetic Movement Chain during the golf swing, which is a series of functional movement patterns preprogrammed into the body’s neurologic system.
Generating speed with the arms creates many of the swing faults I see on driving ranges when I observe people practicing. For maximum power creation with minimal negative stress on the body, the ground must be the first link in the chain of energy transfer.
When activated properly during the swing the body will activate movement patterns and strength when it’s needed. This kinetic chain is the linkage system that connects adjacent joints and muscles throughout the entire body. A weakness or injury in one area of the body impedes the transfer of energy. The body compensates for this blockage by overusing or misusing other body parts in an attempt to make up for this lost energy.
6 Major Functional Movement Categories: 1) Mobility, 2) Stability, 3) Motor Control, 4) Strength, 5) Power and 6) Cardiovascular Endurance. If the Kinetic Chain is working in its proper sequencing pattern it then activates when you swing a golf club.
The above categories will determine your body’s exact sequencing of strength; power and cardio vascular that you may or may not be able engage at 100% when swinging the golf club. Generally if there is a weak link in the Kinetic Chain you will find a way to compensate physically, however it is only a matter of time before your game begins to suffer and you start to experience chronic pain in certain important areas and also repeat bad swing habits.
There are a large percentage of golfers performing high-level exercises and activities even though they are inefficient in their in their daily fundamental movements; without even knowing it.
A great goal is to have a Functional Movement Screen® done and attack any of the weaknesses found on the screen – fix them and continue to enhance the strength of your body.
The Kinetic Chain (diagram below) is a series of functional movements, bony structures and motor skills from your feet to your eyes. As you swing the golf club this Kinetic Chain activates.
It would benefit every golfer to have a Function Movement Screen® (FMS®) done by a Certified FMS Fitness Instructor. This system screening is a process that identifies and isolates the weak links in the Kinematic Sequence.
Once the weak links are identified then corrective exercises can be assigned to correct them. When this is accomplished, the golfer will have better movement efficiency, which will lead to improved performance and generally a decrease in injuries.
In conclusion, another interpretation: If one link in a chain is weak, and all the other links are strong, the whole chain is weak.
Written by, Sidney Silver, a TPI Golf Medical & Golf Fitness expert. www.SilverSportsTherapy.com (415) 932-6775