Golf Australia - - AROUND THE TRAPS -

WHEN was the last time you were able to swing pain free? How of­ten do you get home from golf and find all man­ner of aches and pains de­vel­op­ing?

Both questions are per­ti­nent to most golfers as they get older and those play­ers who may not look af­ter their bod­ies as best they can to pre­vent a wide range of golf-re­lated in­juries.

A loss of ef­fi­ciency of body move­ments ac­counts for the loss of power in the golf swing. This also re­sults in a loss of con­sis­tency and is a pre­dic­tor for in­jury. Whilst generic pro­grams may help, a tai­lored pro­gram tak­ing into ac­count the func­tion of your body will get the best re­sults.

Golf Ready is a pro­gram de­vised by Dr An­drew McHardy PhD, which aims to as­sist golfers to swing pain free and, per­haps, im­prove their swing.

“Golf Ready clients have looked at con­di­tion­ing pro­grams, but are un­aware of where to start or whether they are do­ing the right things,” said McHardy, a golfer of 30 years who is a Titleist Per­for­mance In­sti­tute Cer­ti­fied – Level 2 Med­i­cal pro­fes­sional.

“In my 16 years of clin­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence I have seen hun­dreds of golfers. In fact, I have helped both pro­fes­sional and ama­teur golfers and treated them all for var­i­ous in­juries. From the lower back, to the shoul­ders, down to the knees. The en­tire body re­ally.

“Af­ter cre­at­ing this pro­gram and hav­ing them go through it in or­der to get them swing­ing pain free, we also found that they were hit­ting the ball fur­ther. And with greater con­sis­tency.”

Golf Ready of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive func­tional move­ment and golf swing as­sess­ment with a de­tailed re­port that iden­ti­fies what ex­actly is re­quired for each in­di­vid­ual golfer. While McHardy is based in Syd­ney, Golf Ready ser­vices are avail­able Aus­tralia-wide. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Dr McHardy PhD on 0417480607 or visit the web­site www.gol­f­

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