look at the differences in "stress" and "strain" will helps to understand
These are pressures the body is subjected to during a round of golf
usually for long periods of time, which push the system beyond its normal
limits. With rest, the body can usually return to normality. These periods
of taxing the body beyond its normal limits, by the biomechanical
stresses applied by golf, are called the "elastic limit." It usually
leads to growth and strength. If everything being equal the exercise
we place the body under should lead to the development of physical well-being.
But if there is a structural fault, fatigue and stresses will dominate.
This occurs when the body is pushed beyond its "elastic limit," usually
gradually sometimes explosively during golf. The function and tone of
system is damaged and permanent change within the tissue can occur,
as the body is unable to recover from the strain without intervention.
The eventual result of the strain is injury with subsequent biomechanical
faults due to postural change. From a golfing point of view, it will
lead to faulty swing mechanics. The better the posture the better your
swing mechanics which leads to better golf.
the first manifestation of strain can be found in the sacrum.
A bone that carries the normal centre
1: The Pelvic Arch
2: The Sacrum
During a round of golf you put a tremendous strain on your body and
are sometimes pushing your normal elastic limit. (See Figures 1
and 2). The sacrum
has the responsibility of supporting the spine.
It also acts as a kind of keystone for the pelvic arch, and it is
connected to all other parts of the body by a system of eight major
muscles. Because of the sacrum's delicate balancing role in the body,
any strain, gradual or sudden, is transmitted partly or wholly to
it, thus distorting the normal body posture. When this happens, the
position of the spine
angle is altered, the musculoskeletal
system is place under strain and and a strain-distortion strain
cycle is established. This is a critical factor in the development
of a poor golf swing and will lead to ongoing injuries and possible
permanent damage to the musculoskeletal
3: Golf Spine Angle
by measuring and analyzing a person's posture and then correcting the
distortions in the spine
angle, correcting the existing strain, we know that by maintaining
the spine angle we can reverse the effects of degeneration of the musculoskeletal
system. We can prevent injury improve physical well-being and from
a golfing point of view the better the swing mechanics the better the
the stance and setup the hips have a slight tilt forward and the spine
is in line over the hips. If you have a biomechanical
fault due to a fault in your posture you will have too much bend
in your knees, back too straight, pelvis
too far forward and hips too far forward. This means even if you know
how to get in the correct stance and alignment etc., your spine will
only allow you to assume the position that it is capable of.
4: Some Common Posture Distortions
stance and setup in golf is essential. The majority of a good golf swing
is the stance. You are standing stationary but you are using a number
of different muscle groups and without a good musculoskeletal
system being in balance, you can't get into that stance and maintain
in the golf swing require that certain elements of the posture be maintained
throughout the swing. The golfer with the best posture will swing the
best. Without the right posture your swing mechanics will alter. Your
strength and endurance will deteriorate from the stresses on the key
muscle groups and your swing will be inconsistent.