In the past few weeks I have written a lot of posts about specific golf positions that are critical for golfers over 50 to master. So today I thought we would take the lessons from previous posts and apply them to a specific case study.
I received an email a couple of months ago from a struggling, life long golfer who said that she was having difficult time hitting the ball cleanly. More specifically, she was hitting the turf behind the ball, hitting the ball fat.
I had her make and send me a video. This was recorded on her phone and the quality was quite good. However, to protect her identity, I whited out the video a bit. As a result, the quality of the video suffered a bit.
Click the video below to watch the breakdown of her swing.
If you are an experienced golfer, you may have found several mechanical flaws in her swing. However, when instructing a golfer, you want to find the 1-2 things that are going to make the biggest difference and focus on those things. We can deal with the little things later.
First Things First
So keep in mind that what our goal is: to help the golfer hit the ball cleanly.
The most obvious factor to me was that she was not shifting her weight to her forward leg at impact or follow through. In other words, her weight transfer was poor.
When a golfer fails to transfer their weight forward at impact, the swing will bottom out early. The path that the club head is traveling will hit its low point behind the ball, thus, hitting the turf before the ball.
This is the key issue and taking care of this should solve the problem.
The solution can be found in the previous article: Weight Transfer Causing Poor Contact?
But in summary, here is the solution we provided this golfer that fixed the problem. This exercise is taken straight out of our Age Defying Golf Rx program which is our signature program.
Solution: Band Wrap Around
- Develop power through resistance, correct loading on backswing, and position on follow through.
Setup: Begin by attaching your exercise band and anchor to a doorway at around belly button height. Hold the band in your left hand and stand with your right side facing the door. Wrap the band around your waist one time. Finally, get into your correct golf stance with your knees slightly bent, hinged forward at the waist, and your back flat.
Golf Action: As if you were hitting a golf ball, take your normal backswing and follow through. Your follow through will be against resistance so turn strong, quickly, and under control to a full finish.
Parameters: Perform 1-3 sets of 8 repetitions.
Keys to Success: During your follow through, make sure that you fully follow through to your front foot so that the only part of your right foot touching the ground is your toe.
Give that exercise a try. The key that makes it so effective is that we make you work harder to get into the correct follow through position. This will train the right muscles to act at the right time.
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Ryan York, DPT CGS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Golf Performance Specialist