Pro’s may make the golf swing look so graceful and elegant, but the truth is it requires one of the most complex and precise movements an athlete can perform. All the muscles of the body are engaged and taken advantage of. If you are not careful, you can do yourself a serious injury.
Beginners, especially, will find many of the movements in golf particularly difficult. In order to prevent serious injury, you must be both strong and physically fit. And, like any sport, it is vital to warm up properly before you take part. This helps prevent injury by making you a bit more flexible, but despite all preparation, beginners can still make mistakes, and they often have painful consequences. These include:
Shoulder Sprain: this is often caused during the backswing.
Back Pain: The spine is one of the most injury prone parts of the body when playing golf. When performing a backswing the legs are firmly in position and the upper body is rotated, creating a large amount of pressure in the lumbar vertebrae area. Over-swining or “over-performing” is a sure fire way to end up with a bad back!
Blisters: Poor gripping technique in conjunction with too many swings (think hours of practicing on the range) will inevitably lead to skin irritation, chafing or blisters on the palms of hands and fingers. Even the footwear should not be underestimated. An 18-hole round of golf often lasts more than four hours, and you can find yourself walking several miles during the course of a game. The best solution is a pair of golfing gloves and a pair of hiking socks. Good quality hiking socks are usually designed with two ply lining to help prevent blisters and they work great for preventing blisters.
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