Doctor: To Avoid Golf Pain Get Swing Coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 2 (UPI) — A U.S. physician suggests core strengthening exercise and a swing coach to help prevent pain from playing golf.

Dr. Jon-David Hoppenfeld of Southeast Pain Care in Charlotte, N.C., says as a golfer begins the take-away, the stomach muscles need to provide core strength to protect the back. When the golfer gets to the top of the take-away, stress is felt in the joints on the side of the back and shoulder joint rotation at this point is primarily controlled by the rotator cuff.

“Back pain occurs when golfers come out of position at this point of the swing by standing up,” Hoppenfeld says in a statement. “This straightening motion also leads to inconsistent ball striking.”

To avoid injury, Hoppenfeld suggests golfers warm up and stretch before starting play. However, he says, combined with core strengthening, one of the more obvious ways to help prevent injury is to arrange for a lesson from a professional.

“Even Phil Mickelson has a swing coach,” Hoppenfeld says. “A lesson can make a big difference — at the very least by simply ensuring that your clubs are fit properly.”

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