I played hookie the other day and left my office to go to my local golf range, needed some time for
myself. A reflection of sorts, golf always gives me that feeling. That’s of course, until I start hitting golf
balls and my frustration slowly starts creeping in. But today it’s not about me, it’s about the people I see
on the range that are about to hit their purchased range balls or the ones that are already swing for the
fences with no goals, no game plan, no purpose.
I smile. When I was in PT school, one of our assignments was to go to the local mall and “people watch”.
Sounds creepy, but, we soon realized the purpose! So many different ways people walk, their gait
patterns, almost all of them different. We soon began to ask the main question: Why? Why did they
walk differently? Low back pain? Hip pain? Knee pain? Ankle pain? Scolioisis? Arthritis?
Why do so many golfers have different swing patterns? First thing that comes to mind is flexibility!
Possibly post-op surgery that has limited their mobility. Now, I’m going to place my disclaimer here and
say that after some 900 hours of practice and play, this sport has humbled me.
I see people warm up, some do what we in the health industry call, dynamic stretching (I’ll get to that in
a little bit), others take two golf clubs and take several practice swings, while the “others” just pick up
the club and start hacking! Poor grass, that was meant for a nice divot! Sigh!!!
Playing golf, working out or even cooking occurs along a scale of efficiency. You either have plenty of
time to perform the proper warm-up, training session with your mind clear of any distracting outside
influences and totally engaged in the activity, or your time is limited, you’re distracted, rushed and the
learning process is diminished.
What is YOUR “Why”? Why are you out there? You plan on getting better, staying healthy, working at
the worlds hardest pastime game? If you are, then you need to get serious about your allocation of time
and effort. Consult with a local PGA teaching pro and a certified fitness professional so that they can
properly guide you through the correct steps to achieve your goals.