Many golfers swing too fast for their own good.
Add speed training on top of this for a golfer that is already swinging too fast and this will end up slowing them down because it will likely lead to an injury.
“Swinging too fast” is common to see because many golfers don’t have the necessary strength and mobility they need to be swinging at the speeds that they are swinging at in a safe manner. It actually might seem kind of cool. I mean you’re swinging and defining nature in a way. The storing of energy and the releasing of energy like a rubber band – you’re really good at it.
But this is a slippery slope. The risk is quite high for injuring yourself if you fall into this category.
Now why does this happen? It all comes down to extreme efficiency. I see it often in professional level golfers. They have had a pattern ingrained for such a long time since they were young and their body naturally has become very efficient at storing and releasing the energy to generate the speeds that they do even if they don’t have the appropriate strength and mobility for it.
It may also come at no surprise that golfers who have been golfing their entire life have become extremely efficient in their golf swing in producing a good amount of club head speed. Guys and gals that have been golfing since they were young and are now in their 40s or 50s. This is generally the age when many will start to see a dip in their speed and distance, but some don’t see too big of a drop.
The reality is, if you’re swinging too fast for your body to handle (meaning you don’t have enough mobility and / or strength) over a prolonged period of time, you’re what I would call a “ticking time bomb” – simply meaning, an injury is waiting to happen.
This isn’t good. If you add on top of that the need for more speed (insert yourself here if you’re over 40, as this is often where speed starts to drop for most people), and you go grab the cool overspeed training devices … the likelihood of injury skyrockets… dislocated shoulders, injured rotator cuffs, injured labrum, herniated disc’s… it happens, and we often have to rehab this with physical therapy.
It doesn’t have to happen. But the truth is, very few people (10% of golfers) are appropriate for overspeed training devices / aids. If you’re interested in learning more about this, a blog will be coming out soon about this topic.
But when it comes to swinging too fast for your own good – check out the free home assessment to get a clear picture if this is you. An example: 50 years old, doesn’t exercise, hips are tight, back is tight, but is swinging 110mph (baseball player back in the day, fast wrists / hands) – chances are, this is an injury waiting to happen. I’ve seen it over and over again.
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You don’t have to go through having back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, knee pain, elbow pain, wrist pain (the list goes on … as all of these happen with golfers that come to us for golf physical therapy ) – these things don’t have to happen over and over.
You need the right system in place to keep achieving your goals, to keep you out of pain, and to keep you accountable along the way.
Are you ready to make a change?
Let’s hop on a call today – don’t delay getting the game changing care that you need!
Dr. Grant Bishop
Change The Game Performance Therapy
805 N 4th St, Wilmington, NC 28401