ARE YOUR HIPS MO­BILE?

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENTS -

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!

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