Golf & Chiropractic

There is a big misnomer out there that by increasing your core strength, you will be able to generate more power through your trunk and therefore hit the ball further. In fact, to increase the distance of the ball, the club head speed needs to increase which is achieved through creating a larger arc. Increasing that arc and club head speed actually comes from increased hip/lower back and shoulder rotation.


I will use this table to explain my point.


 Level of player  Pelvic Rotation (degrees)   Speed (km/phr)
 Average Player  160  145
 Amateur Player  180  185
 Top 1/2% Professional  200  201
 Tiger Woods  215  217

*Table from Dr. Ken Errickson DC


golf chiropractic exerciseTo improve your distance and club head speed, it is vitally important to make sure you have loose, flexible joints, muscles and ligaments in the lower back, hips, spine, shoulders, elbows and wrists. Chiropractors play a key role in this area, as a Chiropractors role is primarily about doing just this, loosen up those joints, muscles and ligaments so the spine and body can operate at it’s optimum. A well aligned spine, is therefore extremely important to achieving, great posture, a stable balanced based and a larger swing arc paving the way to get the most out of your body on the golf links. It is no wonder players like Tiger Woods incorporate chiropractic care into their fitness and sporting regime.


Here is what British Open winner and PGA Champion Padraig Harrington has to about chiropractic care and his golf game. “One thing I know through experience is that I need to keep seeing my chiropractor, even when I have a few weeks off from golf….getting regular ongoing chiropractic care helps me stay injury-free. It also helps me to deal with symptoms when they begin, so that they don’t turn into bigger injuries down the road.”


Golf is a very repetitive game, leading to a high degree of overuse injuries, with research showing that 80% of all golf injuries occur in the lower back, elbow and wrist. So making sure you have loose, plyable joints, muscles and ligaments isn’t just about improving the distances on your long game it is also a very important part of making sure those little niggles at the end of a game don’t turn into larger overuse type injuries.


So if you enjoy your golf and are looking at ways to make improvements make sure you incorporate chiropractic care into your golfing program.

Golf Injury Prevention Handout