How to Unleash Your True Golf Potential (Part 2)

Written by Craig LePage, CSCS, NASM-CPT

In (Part 1) of this article I discussed how muscle imbalance can often keep a golfer from achieving his or her true playing potential. Even know these imbalances are quite common they often go untreated due torepparttar fact thatrepparttar 143377 golfer is focusing onrepparttar 143378 symptom and notrepparttar 143379 cause. The symptom in this case isrepparttar 143380 inaccuracy and loss of power in their swing. The cause isrepparttar 143381 muscle imbalance.

Postural deficiencies (imbalances) consist of tight (shortened) muscles and weak (lengthened) muscles. Common golf posture consists of a forward head and rounded shoulders. Proper program design will call forrepparttar 143382 tight muscles to be stretched andrepparttar 143383 weak muscles to be strengthened.

In addition,repparttar 143384 average person also has a weak core and lack of neuromuscular joint stabilization making it even more difficult to control their body during a functional movement such as golf. Common muscle imbalances of a golfer:

Forward Head Position Anterior (front) neck muscles (tight/shortened) - Stretch Posterior (rear) neck muscles (weak/lengthened) - Strengthen

Rounded Forward Shoulders Pectoral (chest) muscles (tight/shortened) - Stretch Rhomboid (upper middle back) muscles (weak/lengthened) – Strengthen

Anterior Pelvic Tilt Illiopsoas (hip flexor) muscles (tight/shortened) – Stretch Quadriceps (front thigh) muscles (tight/shortened) – Stretch Gluteal (buttocks) muscles (weakness) - Strengthen

How to Unleash Your True Golf Potential (Part 1)

Written by Craig LePage, CSCS, NASM-CPT

Time and time again we see today’s golfers out onrepparttar driving range trying to better their game. Whether it’s working their short game or drivingrepparttar 143347 long ball, hours upon hours are spent on trying to master proper technique in order to take strokes off their game. What most golfers are unaware of is thatrepparttar 143348 proper technique they are striving for is often hampered by something call muscle imbalance. Muscle imbalances are postural deficiencies that will cause faulty movement patterns, discomfort or even pain during activities such as a golf swing.

Muscle imbalances can be caused by many other factors besides golf, for example sedentary lifestyle, occupation, and injury just to name a few. Repetitive movements such as a golf swing can cause muscles on one side ofrepparttar 143349 body to tighten whilerepparttar 143350 apposing muscles become weak and lengthened. This will often result inrepparttar 143351 loss of power and accuracy in a golfers swing. For a golfer to achieve his or her true potential, one must correct these imbalances that are hampering their ability to perform proper technique.

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