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When we are learning a new skill or are trying to perfect one, i.e. chipping, putting, driving, most adults will over think the technique. Sound familiar? I’m great at doing this, I want to know the ins-and outs of the WHOLE swing, but it’s not really practical. Golf pro Paula Ketchum of the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course, has a great training technique she showed me for her “over-thinking” students. Paula has them close their eyes and “feel” the swing. For someone as mentally overpowered as I am, this was like trying to swim using just the golf club.
As I used this technique it made me think about why some adults, like me, try to analyze the movement of the swing instead of feel it. Seems that as we get older we have a disconnect between our body and our mind. The brain seems to take over and our body doesn’t respond as quickly. Thinking back to when I was a kid and how I played sports, I don’t ever remember ever “thinking” about what I was doing. There was more balance between the body and the brain, I just did it.
So how can we get back to that state of balance? One way is to get out of your comfort zone. Since the invention of the computer, most adults are spending an average of 4-6 hours in front of a computer-daily (that’s work and leisure combined). Now take an average golfer who is out on the golf course once a week for 3 hours. Is that non-stop play? Are you hitting repeatedly for those 3 hours? Probably not, you’re walking, taking turns with your play partners and only striking the ball a limited number of times. Doesn’t quite add up does it? That’s where your golf fitness comes into play. This is where the real work for the brain starts.
When you workout specifically for your golf game you want to isolate each muscle, then batch muscle groups together, and then incorporate that into the whole body. It’s like learning anything new, you have to start by identifying the muscles, see if they are strong or weak, then determine if the brain has the ability to isolate and have movement. Once you’ve done that with all your golf muscles, then you can start putting them to work in groups until you have the whole body functioning with ease. i.e. your swing!
Here is a simple way of getting the brain connected with the body: Locate your shoulder blades and retract them forward and backward, and up and down. Next locate your shoulder (deltoids) muscles and straighten your arms. Lift your arms up and down without your shoulder blades moving. Next get down on all fours (hands and knees) then without bending your arms, retract your shoulder blades forward and backward. This process will get your brain to know where your shoulder blades are and as their strength improves, these muscles will engage easiliy to help with your swing.
Diana Del Garbino is a certified golf fitness instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute and coaches beginner through advanced golfers at Muscles in Motion-Professional training studio in Lake Oswego Oregon. For more information about the program visit www.mymusclesinmotion.com.
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Oh Gwyneth Paltrow….
Some of you may have heard about the Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow who made an announcement that she has been diagnosed with Osteopenia. Osteopenia is a loss of bone or a pre-curser to Osteoporosis. Now how could someone with access to the best of everything, and who is only 37-years old have brittle bones of an 80-year old woman? Read more about it here in The Independent.
There could be several reasons for this, the primary reason being the lack of vitamins and minerals from her diet, such as Vitamin D and Calcium, and a lack of protein from quality meats, such as pasture raised beef. Secondly is the overuse of static-state exercise (i.e.”cardio”) and not enough weight-bearing exercises (i.e. Muscles In Motion!)
Keep yourself healthy with a balanced diet and lots of weight-bearing exercises, and your body will not only thank you, but keep you strong so you will have the bones of an 37-year old when you are 80-years old!
Now that we’ve had some good weather and much more time to golf, are you noticing the spots on your body that are beginning to hurt? Some of the pain could be in your lower back, shoulders and neck. You could be experiencing pains in your hips, knees or elbows. This month we are going to address some alternatives to keep those pains from turning into injuries that last longer than the golfing season.
Neck: Let’s start here and work our way down. The neck is often ignored even though it is where a lot of tension can linger. That tension can work it’s way down the body causing pain in the shoulders, back and hips. So keeping the neck muscles loose and relaxed is key. When working on the computer, be sure the screen is eye level and you are spared having to look down or up too far. Lap tops need to be elevated by a pillow or table and having your elbows supported is a bonus. Give your neck some relief by lying on the floor with your knees bent, feet flat, and a small towel rolled up and placed under your neck. This will allow your neck muscles to relax, while putting your head and back in better alignment for your golf swing.
Shoulders: The shoulder is such a complex joint that it can get out of balance in many different ways. The most common is slouching or rounded shoulders. Keeping your shoulders back during the day or while sitting, can feel like work. Think of the area between your ribcage and your collarbone as a single unit and lift your ribcage from the bottom front rib, forward and up. This will automatically pull your shoulders down and back and you will train yourself to hold you in this better position. For those with good posture, this will be easy to maintain. For those of you who do not have good posture, you can practice throughout your day to strengthen the proper muscles and it becomes a good habit! This is very important for maintaining good shoulder plane angle during your swing. It can also help with reverse spine angle.
Low Back: This area can make or break a golfer. As I’ve talked about it before, the lumbar spine region is not meant to rotate-it’s meant to be stable. The areas around it are made for movement: Thoracic spine and hips. So I won’t give you a good stretch for this area because it doesn’t need to be stretched, but I will give one for the upper back. Lie on your back (supine) with your hips on the floor and take a round foam roller or large bath towel, rolled up tightly. Now place the roller or towel perpendicular (make a t-shape with your body) keeping your glutes on the floor, place your arms to the side or behind your head to support your neck, and let your shoulders and neck relax for 15-20 seconds. Then move the roller or towel up or down one vertebrae and hold for 15-20 seconds. This will help open up the chest and you will gain more movement in your thoracic spine. Keeping your lumbar region stable.
Next month we’ll address the hips, knees and elbows, and what you can do to keep these in top shape. Keep challenging your muscles in the gym, so you can reap the benefits on the golf course!
Diana Del Garbino is a certified golf fitness instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute and coaches beginner through advanced golfers at Muscles in Motion-Professional training studio in Lake Oswego Oregon. For more information about the program visit www.mymusclesinmotion.com.
Do you remember the children’s song about how everything is connected? The neck bone’s connected to the shoulder bone, the shoulder bone’s connected to the chest bone, etc. Well keeping this in mind as you begin the new season of golfing as it may help you prevent injuries along the way.
Let’s start with the golf swing. To avoid golf injuries, it’s important that golfers get their swing technique as solid as possible. Amateur players are at increased risk of injury because their swing will often put excessive stress on the shoulder, arms and the back. Since golf is played at a slower pace a warm up is essential to help prevent injuries. Think about the song at the beginning and work your way down the body.
Warming up the neck. Start slowly and with purpose. Instead of the usual head circles, think about the position you put your neck in from presenting the ball to your backswing and downswing. Your head is in a neutral position. Then pull your arms into your backswing position, now look at the position of your head; it’s still facing forward, however, your shoulders have rotated so your chin is now touching your shoulder. For a warm up, stand facing forward and slowly turn your head to the right, then dip your chin and try to touch your collar-bone. Now repeat the other direction. This will warm up the muscles along the sides and back of the neck.
Let’s move on to the shoulders. This is where a lot of injuries can occur. With the large amount of torque needed on the downswing, it’s critical to warm up all the muscles in the shoulder. Start with small circles and work your way to med and then large. Make sure your hand positions change. This ensures you will hit each different muscle that makes up the rotator cuff; Thumbs up, palms down, & thumbs down. Rotate five times each set.
Now the back. Just saying “the back” doesn’t give you enough information. There are two specific areas that we want to warm up. First is the thoracic spine (upper back area). The thoracic spine starts just under your ribs and stops at your collarbone. This is also where you want the most rotation in your back swing and not in your lower back region. Taking your club and placing it on your shoulders and rotating from right to left is a good warm-up, but take care to lock your hips in place so you’re not rotating in your lower back. Sit down and squeeze your knees together, then place your hands behind your head and spread your elbows out. Now sit up straight and turn to your right, as if you were looking over your shoulder, now drop your right elbow and try to touch your right elbow to your hip. You should feel a stretch on your opposite ribcage (left side). This works the thoracic spine in the two ways it works best, rotating behind you and side-to-side. Complete eight times each side.
The second area of the “back” is the hips. Again, we don’t want to rotate through the lumbar spine. It might feel like that is what is happening, however, the hips are made to rotate and have a much better design for it. So stand tall and take your 5-iron or hold onto a pole or rail. Twist your hips in a circular motion as if you’re trying to take your front hipbones and touch the pole or 5 iron. Make sure you keep the upper body as still as possible. Also, keep your feet flat on the ground to get a bit of internal and external rotation. Rotate each side eight times.
Ok, so you are warmed up in the areas that get the most work in your golf swing. As you move your static warm up to a more dynamic warm up, a slow start as you hit balls will get you fully warmed up and help keep you from injury. The more conditioned you are for your golf swing is the best way to keep yourself injury free!
Diana Del Garbino is a certified golf fitness instructor through the Titelist Performance Institute and coaches beginner through advanced golfers at Muscles in Motion-Professional training studio in Lake Oswego Oregon. For more information about the program visit /.
What a great end to a great tournament. Phil Mickelson winning his 3rd green jacket. But how did he manage that? That’s easy, Phil hired Titleist Performance Institute trained Golf Fitness instructor Sean Cochran. Sean has been working with Phil for over 5 years to get him in great shape for the game of golf, and winning the Masters!
Think Phil slacks off on his fitness when he’s in-season? Guess again. Phil worked out 1.5 hours a day 6 days a week in the off-season and 1 hour a day 6 days a week in-season. So if you’re thinking you should stop your golf fitness program during the season, think again. We realize you all have lives and other commitments, but with 30-minute workouts 2-3 times a week, you will get great results for your golf game.
So make an appointment with our TPI certified Golf Fitness Instructor today, and get yourself and your game in great shape this golf season!
Not too long ago we were all kids and moved like we were made of rubber. We could bend, jump, roll, bounce, and balance without any trouble. Then it seems we got older and lost our ability to do these fundamental movements. What happened? Once we were born, we started to move from the ground up. All of us had to push ourselves off the floor if we wanted to look around and see what everyone was doing. Then we rolled over, we crawled, and we pushed ourselves into a squat position and balanced in order to stand.
Once we could stand we fell down, and started all over again from the ground up. Over and over and over again we continued this pattern until we mastered it and began taking small steps.
Fast-forward 18 years. How often do you see anyone over the age of 18 getting up off the floor? Hardly ever. Most of us are driving a car, sitting at our desk or playing on the computer in a seated position. We’re not maintaining our ability to get ourselves up off the floor. As convenient as it is to get up from a chair rather than the floor, this set of movements is essential to keeping our balance into our golden years. Yes, by getting down on the floor and getting back up again you can maintain your balance!
So how does this affect the golf game? Lets look at what patterns of movement we need for golfing. We need to rotate and shift our weight from the back swing to the down swing. Sitting back into our stance as we address the ball. Maintaining our golf stance without losing posture. Shifting our weight from one foot to the next. All of this is very important to make sure you have a consistent golf swing.
Now lets look at the muscles needed to complete the above movement patterns in your golf swing. Shifting the weight is going to take strong legs, from the feet to the calf. Sitting back in your stance requires stability in the glutes, hamstrings and quads. Rotating around the spine from the back swing to the down swing requires strong abdominal and back muscles. And maintaining your stance without losing posture requires all of your muscles to work together to give you stability. These are all the same muscles needed to get up off the floor! Do you see the pattern?
When you make the body strong with both legs, you only strengthen one portion of your movement pattern. When you strengthen each group independently, you just added a new element to your abilities, not to mention cutting down on your chances of injury. Imagine carrying your groceries with your right arm exclusively. Your right side will be using abs, back, legs, glutes, shoulder and arm muscles. But your left side is trying to stabilize. Over time your body will become so out of balance that when you try to lift with your left side, your right side will take over and that’s when you could pull a muscle. So start working out using one-leg exercises and build each limb strong and independent of the other so when they work together there is harmony and balance!
Diana Del Garbino is a Certified level 2 TPI golf fitness professional. She works out of Muscles in Motion-Professional Training Studio in Lake Oswego, where she is regularly working with local LPGA & PGA Professionals, those learning about the game and those who want to correct swing faults, lower their handicap and more.
To learn more about Diana and her golf fitness program go to www.MyMusclesInMotion.com.
Women, Golf Yourself First!by Diana Del Garbino
Ladies, when it comes to our health, our fitness, our nutrition, or just taking care of ourselves, we consider ourselves last. This seems to be part of our genetic make up. I see mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives take care of everyone else, but when it comes to their own health, as it relates to everyday living and fitness for our favorite game, we put it at the end of the list.
Let’s take a look at how much time we really have: There are168 hours in a week. Let’s break it down; 40 hours for a full time job, if you get 9 hours of sleep a night, that’s 63 hours a week, 10 hours for commuting, 20 hours for kids & family (during the week), if you cook, add 10 hours a week, weekend time (family, friends, & GOLF) add 20 hours. That leaves you with 5 hours extra a week. So what should you do with that extra time?
Start by thinking about who needs to be mentally, physically and emotionally strong? That would be you! The woman of the house. As women we are the center of the universe. Everyone knows who to ask to get the answers to homework, where the keys are, and are the dishes clean or dirty? Now that you know how important you are, why are you still putting yourself last?
Take that five hours a week, and break it down to one hour five days a week. You can get a lot done in those five hours! Imagine if you dedicated 30 minutes three times a week on just your golfing muscles? What would that look like? Upper body mobility would give you more rotation. Lower body strength would give you more power and stability in your stance. Upper back workout would keep your shoulders from getting over worked and causing injuries. Strengthening your glutes and abdominal muscles would give you a more athletic stance and keep your lower back from overworking and getting sore. So get working those golf muscles before the kickoff of the spring season!
Now let’s talk about nutrition. Remember the old adage “you are what you eat?” Well, your mom was right. If you want your body to be soft and squishy, eat more bread, pasta, and rice. If you want to be lean and toned, eat more fruits and vegetables, lean protein; but go easy on the whole grains and breads, limit your sugar intake. Remember what and how you eat determines not only your figure, but your mood, muscle quality and metabolism.
Ok, so now you’ve taken time out for your self. Let’s talk about when you’re out on the links. What are some of the challenges for women on the course? Athletic ready position (addressing the ball), means it’s ok to bend your knees and stick out your butt!!
Make a bad shot? Let it go and focus on the next opportunity for a great shot.
Time on the course should be a challenge and leave you with a renewed sense of self-confidence and well-being. Do you want bogies for health or birdies? Your body deserves your best effort!
Diana Del Garbino is TPI-Certified Level 2 fitness pro in Oregon. She works out of Muscles in Motion-Professional Training Studio in Lake Oswego, where she works regularly with local LPGA & PGA Professionals. To learn more about Diana and her golf fitness program go to www.mymusclesinmotion.com.
Ying and Yang For Your Golf Swingby Diana Del Garbino
Mobility and Stability. It is like a golf bag and your clubs; you can’t have one without the other. When these two components work together, they are the link to having balance in your golf swing and stance as well as preventing injuries.
Injuries occur when there are imbalances in the muscles or joints. Incorrect mobility can throw off your balance, creating a ripple effect in your swing thus causing your shot to be way off target. An unstable stance will prevent consistent ball striking.
The same is true if you have too much tightness in your joints. When you are not able to rotate into your backswing and pre-load your muscles, this causes loss of power. As if a poor shot isn’t bad enough, a joint or muscle injury could occur. For example, our golfer who does not have mobility in his upper body and stability in his stance may try to achieve more power in his downswing. This is usually seen by the “over the top” swing fault. This can cause strain in the chest muscles. Now that our golfer feels pain he will compensate and cause even more swing faults. Had he gained more mobility in his thoracic spine and stability in his lower body he could correct the original swing fault.
According to physical therapist Gray Cook and strength coach Mike Boyle, the principle of efficient movement for golf occurs in an alternating pattern of mobile joints and stable segments. For example, the foot has stability, the ankle has mobility, the knee has stability, etc. From the feet to the fingers this alternating pattern can be found. When this pattern is altered there becomes a dysfunction and the potential for injury increases as you move to compensate.
There are several ways to achieve both mobility and stability through your workout. Weight training provides the quickest and most reliable results. I know what you’re thinking, weight training is going to make you “big and bulky,” however the opposite is true. With controlled movement and working the muscles through their full range of motion you will get both strength and flexibility.
How it works: the muscles in the body work in such a way that when you flex your bicep muscle, your triceps muscles have to relax and stretch. This is called antagonist and agonist. All of the muscles have the ability to work in this pattern from the abdominals contracting and the back relaxing, to the gluteus maximus contracting and the hip flexors stretching and relaxing.
By working opposing groups of muscles you gain strength while maintaining proper mobility in the ligaments, thus helping to preventing injuries to you the golfer.
Your golf swing and stance will be most effective when the areas in the mobility pattern are worked to their full range of motion and when the areas in the stability pattern are stabilized for their maximum potential. With proper form, you will have the basis for a great stance, swing and follow through, along with improved endurance, balance and power. All of this will keep you playing the links for years to come.
Diana Del Garbino is TPI-Certified Level 2 fitness pro in Oregon. She works out of Muscles in Motion-Professional Training Studio in Lake Oswego, where she works regularly with local LPGA & PGA Professionals.
To learn more about Diana and her golf fitness program go to www.mymusclesinmotion.com.
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Diana’s been published in the January 2010 issue of Golf Today NW. We are so proud of her accomplishments.
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Here are just a few of the wonderful comments from her clients:
Congrats Diana! You are great! -Haley
So, when do I get my Autographed Copy??? CONGRATULATIONS DIANA!!!!-Steve P.
That is truly fabulous! The article is so well written that were I a golfer I would sign up in an instant. Congratulations, Diana!-Ray T.
Its interesting to read about the TPI program in your magazine. I am sixty one years young and I have been working with Diana for about six months. I started with TPI because my game was deteriorating and my back hurt when I did play or practice. In the last two months my scores have dropped from the high eighties to the high seventies. My back is still tender on occasion but I am now carrying my clubs and recently birdied the last two holes of a round to break eighty yet again. I am learning so much about my body and how it effects my swing. I continue to see my PGA Pro for tune ups, last time I hit balls on wet turf with street shoes (forgot my cleats) and hit solid shots with no slipping. My balance and ability to hit from a stable base is all due to the exercises and weight training I receive with my TPI trained instructor Diana. Additionally I can go online through TPI for more instruction and information, what a great program. Now if I could only chip.- Steve H.
Walking Is Not Exercise
By Brian Murray, Founder of mPower
You could walk all the way from Manhattan to Malibu and not improve your physical fitness. In fact, your physical fitness may become worse.
Everywhere you look people are walking. People walk from their cars into stores or buildings; walk to work or to go shopping, and then walk into their favorite cafe for a bite to eat. The fact is, people do a lot of walking – they have walked a lot from the day they took their first steps. Has their physical fitness improved with age? No. Walking is touted as the best form of exercise, yet more walking will not help.
Walking is not the best form of exercise and you know it. Unfortunately, you may not trust your instincts because of social pressure. I hope this article will free you from that pressure.
Before Jack LaLane and Richard Simmons, one of the pioneers of exercise was Leonardo Da Vinci. His drawings of human anatomy demonstrated the relationship between the bones as levers and the muscles as the engines that produce human movement. Understanding how the bony levers and muscles work together is critical for understanding why walking is not productive exercise.
While standing, bend your knees slightly, hold that position, and note the difficulty. How long could you hold this position? A very long time. Now stand with your back against a wall and move your feet approximately 18-24 inches away from the wall. Slowly bend your knees and slide your body down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Hold this position and note the difficulty. How long do you think you could hold this position? If you can tolerate intense muscle burn, maybe two minutes. Now you understand leverage, and why walking will never lead to improved physical fitness – it’s too easy.
Exercise should lead to physical improvement – that’s what you’re looking for. Physical fitness is best improved by putting your muscles in a mechanically DISadvantageous position. Walking is the most efficient form of human movement because it places muscles in a mechanically ADvantageous position. So the question is, if our bodies will only upgrade their capability when we ask them to exert effort beyond what is normal, and walking is the easiest and least energy-consuming form of human movement, how can walking lead to improved physical fitness? It can’t.
I have nothing against walking. As an infant it was something I aspired to do, and after one year in this world I accomplished my goal. I have been doing it ever since and remain amazed how little practice is required to do it well. I enjoy walking and you should, too. There’s nothing wrong with walking, but don’t walk and expect physical improvement. Walk for fun, not for fitness.
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See why eating grains may help to promote pain and inflammation.
By Dr. David Seaman – Posted April 23, 2008
Since you’re reading this blog, you are naturally interested in doing all you can to promote your health and fitness levels so you can perform at your best on the golf course & in your life. Everyone knows that proper nutrition can help to promote health and fitness, and prevent disease. A problem is that some of the most commonly made nutritional recommendations for health are actually detrimental. Perhaps the most glaring example of this is the recommendation to eat whole grains.
At first read, many will be shocked to see such a statement. You may be thinking to yourself: ”I knew that refined grains and sugar were unhealthy, but whole grains are supposed to be one of the most healthy
Fact 1: Compared to refined grains, whole grains are healthy. This is because whole grains contain fiber that is beneficial for blood sugar and cholesterol regulation, and for helping to keep our bowels moving…but that is it.
Fact 2: Compared to other whole foods, grains are unhealthy.
On caloric basis, vegetables and fruit have significantly more fiber than whole grains. Our muscles need potassium function optimally, and vegetables and fruit also have significantly more potassium than whole
grains. See the DeFlaming Guidelines PDF at http://www.deflame.com for specific details.
Vegetables and fruit promote an alkaline environment in the body and this helps to maintain muscle and bone health as we age. Grains are acidic, and over a lifetime, dietary acidity leads to the muscle and bone loss associated with aging.
In short, we really need to replace grains with fruit and vegetables, and consume nuts in moderation. Grains have several pro-inflammatory components and it makes no difference if the grains are organic or not. Below is a brief review of three pro-inflammatory substances found in whole grains.
1. Gluten: The most commonly consumed grains (wheat, rye, and barley) contain gluten, which is a highly pro-inflammatory substance for certain genetically susceptible individuals. At worse, gluten causes celiac disease, a painful annoying digestive disease. However, gluten sensitivity may manifest as chronic migraine-like headaches. Some people develop annoying gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, and varying degrees of gut pain that are not severe enough to be considered celiac disease or inflammatory bowel disease. Others become depressed and some develop chronic fatigue. Still others develop chronic aches in muscles and joints.
2. Lectins: All grains and legumes/beans contain lectins. They are referred to as non-immunologic binding molecules and they are absorbed through the digest tract and can attach themselves to tissues throughout the body. There may be no effect or they may serve as a disease promoter. They also can promote inflammation in the digestive tract.
3. Phytic acid: All grains contain phytic acid, which functions to reduce the absorption of minerals found in grains, particularly, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. So, if you are worried about getting your minerals, grains should be avoided.
If you would like more detailed information about the pro-inflammatory nature of grains, go to the bottom of the Diet page at http://www.deflame.com, where you will see a box that explains Why Grains Inflame. Several full text articles about grains have been posted there. After reading these articles, you will know forever that grains do not serve as a healthy source of fiber compared with vegetation, and grains may reduce health and promote disease. It is much better for us to eat a substantial amount of fruits and vegetables.
While on the golf course, the best snack would be raw nuts, and if you like, some raisins. A quarter cup of raw nuts provides about 200 calories and a quarter cup of raisins provides about 125 calories.
Dr. Seaman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Reverse Spine Angle is defined as any excessive upper body backward bend or excessive left lateral upper body bend during the backswing. This swing fault makes it very difficult to start the downswing in the proper sequence, due to the lower body being placed in a position that usually limits its ability to initiate the downswing. This swing fault is also one of the prime causes of lower back pain in golfers.
When the lower body can’t start the downswing or has a limited ability to initiate the movement, the upper body tends to dominate the swing which will eventually create path problems and limited power output. This swing fault puts excessive tension on the lower back due to a forced inhibition of the abdominal musculature during the backswing.
There are several ways to correct this swing fault, and keep you on the golf links for years to come.
Sit Up Tall, Prevent Detraining
The way you are sitting right now is affecting your golf game just as much as your grip.
By Kevin Pansky – Posted August 5, 2009
Don’t waste your hard work in the gym and on the range by sitting with poor posture. Poor posture is a physical limitation and can directly affect your golf swing.
To help counteract these issues, find a neutral pelvis position in your sitting posture. To do so, follow these steps:
Tilt your pelvis all the way back
Tilt your pelvis all the way forward
Tilt your pelvis half-way back to neutral pelvis position
This position will allow you to have a chance to get your lumbar spine (low back), thoracic spine (mid-back), shoulders, neck and head in a proper position. There are many posture aids available to achieve this position, but using your core muscles is the ideal way to accomplish this.
You can influence your game sitting at work, just as much as you can in the gym. Don’t counteract all your hard work by detraining your body into a poor posture.
For more information, contact one of our Professional & Certified Titleist Performance Institute golf fitness trainers!