Keep Limited Golf Mobility from Hurting Your Distance
Do you struggle with mobility in your golf swing?
No matter how fit we may be, we’re all bound to eventually lose some of our flexibility and range of motion. It could be the result of an injury. Or, as in my case, it could just be the side effect of getting older.
If you’ve lost some of your mobility and your swing is suffering because of it, don’t worry. A lot of golfers come to my lesson tee with the same problem, and there’s always a solution. Whether your golf swing has gotten stiffer due to injury or due to age, I can help.
I’m going to share three simple tricks to help you rediscover your old mobility and start hitting the ball farther. And in case those don’t help, I’ll also share one (slightly unorthodox) bonus tip that could still save your swing.
First, let’s clarify the underlying concept that explains why these tips work.
The Key to Mobility: Why a Little Tension Can Have a Big Impact
We tend to think of tension as a localized issue. That is to say, we think of a stiff elbow as only a stiff elbow. We’d still say we have full mobility in the wrist and shoulder.
However, in the context of a golf swing, there is no such thing as a single restricted segment. A golf swing is not a series of movements, but a chain of movements, with each motion linked to the motions before and after. If any segment of your swing is locked down or too tight, both the segment that precedes and the segment that follows will suffer from that tension.
On the other hand, if you’re able to gain mobility in one area of your swing, you’ll see the results spread to the entire chain. You’ll find a fuller range of motion, which generates more power, more speed, and more distance.
So, don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the tips that follow. These small changes can amount to major improvements.
Tip #1: Flare Your Toes
Of all the tips in this article, this is the one that requires the least amount of thought and adjustment. It may also seem like the least important. But trust me, this one small change promotes mobility throughout your entire chain of motion.
When you take your setup, you probably position your feet parallel to one another with your toes pointed straight ahead. Instead, try turning your toes slightly outward, away from one another. The degree of ideal outward angle varies from person to person, so you may want to play with it to see what feels most natural and effective for you. Most people find their sweet spot somewhere in the range of 20-30 degrees.
This may seem like an inconsequential adjustment, but it can pay off significantly. When you square your feet, your ankles are locked, creating a lot of resistance. By flaring your toes out, you creating a relaxed base in your feet in ankles, promoting greater mobility throughout the rest of your body.
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