ARE YOUR HIPS MOBILE?
Paul Greenwood on checking the mobility of our hips with a simple exercise.
Our joints are severely affected by long periods of sitting so this month we are going to look at how sitting for prolonged periods at work, in the car or watching TV, plays havoc on your body and your game.
A good place to start is to check
your mobility of the trail (back) leg that causes one of golf’s most damaging swings - the reverse spine angle. PGA Trainee David Feeney explains the Reverse Spine Angle in the Coaches Corner.
As with most swing characteristics the reverse spine angle can simply be the result of a learned golf swing. Often it’s due to mobility limitations, such as the golfers inability to rotate into the trail hip during the backswing. This type of immobility can be directly caused by prolonged sitting that makes the hip joint/capsule restricted brought about by a combination of overactive tight muscles, inactive weak muscles and positional changes of the pelvis. You can screen yourself (see below) by doing a lower quarter rotation screen to give yourself a good indication as to whether you are suffering from this limited rotation.
01: GOLF COACH’S ANALYSIS Reverse spine angle occurs when there is excessive backward bend during the backswing. In pic 1 you can notice how Malcolm, during his backswing has not rotated into his right hip – instead he has favoured to lean away from this hip with his trunk moving left towards the target, hence the reverse spine angle. This puts quite a bit of tension on his lower back, which will also have even more unwanted load as he tries to recover from this position during his downswing. The Upperbody tends to dominate in this type of swing causing a loss of power and numerous ball flights!