Golf Performance Training

Regardless of age or ability, golfers must possess a substantial amount of athleticism to play well on a consistent basis. Golf performance training can help players improve their strength, power, flexibility, core stability, balance, and endurance—thus leading to a better game. While this type of training is extremely popular among professional golfers, it also is becoming common among recreational players. Physical therapists are uniquely qualified to help golfers focus on the bodily regions and muscles crucial to developing a powerful, accurate golf swing. They can help players identify the areas of weakness or physical limitations hindering their mechanics. For example, muscle weakness in the core (i.e., abdomen and back) can lead to posture issues that cause the golfer to pull up during the swing or extend the trunk too early. Other physical issues that may impact a golfer’s swing include glute weakness, poor shoulder range of motion, and limited hip rotation. A PT-driven golf performance training program typically begins with full-body functional assessment of the player’s swing, which often involves fast-speed video analysis. This assessment brings to light the biomechanical issues affecting the swing. The therapist will then design an individualized exercise program to help the player develop the proper muscle memory to correct those issues.