1) Do you consistently hit the same poor shots - slice, hook, fat, thin, sh##k?
2) Do you lack distance off the tee?
3) Does anything ever hurt during or even after a round of golf - especially lower back?
If your answer is yes to any of the above it's highly likely that your body itself is causing the problem.
Let's look at poor ball striking...for you to hit pure shots that fly how you want them to, you need to be able to control your swing path. Controlling the path of the club requires your body to be able to move correctly. Without getting too technical, your hips and shoulders need to be able to rotate, whilst the rest of your body remains stable. If you have any other moving parts (or compensations), your swing path will be effected.
* Poor movement = Poor ball striking *
The same applies to hitting the ball a long way. You need to have a stable base in order to swing fast enough to really get the ball out there. If your lower body isn't stable, you're unable to transfer all that effort into the ball. Glutes are the king of the swing, they stabilise the hips and control the drive that should start the downswing.
* Weak glutes = Weak drives *
Finally, pain management. If your body is making compensations in your swing because one area is too tight or weak, then this will often show up as an overuse injury. The most common of these being the lower back. As mentioned, the glutes need to be strong in order to allow the club to be swung properly, this also applies to the muscles that control the pelvis - often referred to as the core. If any of this structure is weak or dysfunctional, then other parts will have to take up the slack - the low back is often the area to go first.
* Weak Abs = low back pain*
This all sounds like doom and gloom... there is good news however as IT CAN all be corrected!!
At City Golf we are proud to have two resident TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) practitioners. They can Perform a 30 minute total body screen, which will identify and explain exactly what your body currently struggles with. Once these limitations are identified (stability, mobility or awareness), we can set about correcting them.
Contact Mike Joyce for your complementary TPI Total Body Golf Screen