We discussed the importance of keeping your spine angle consistent through the swing for pure contact. However, having the correct spine angle allows your individual bones in your back their maximum available ability to rotate.
As a result, you will have a bigger turn in your backswing and a lot more golf power and distance.
This is very important in golfers over 50 because the spine does get a stiffer with time. So it is even more important to give your spine the best chance at rotation by eliminating restrictions caused by being in the wrong position.
When the spine is curved, the individual spinal segments are in positions that do not allow it to move much. If your spine cannot rotate, you are essentially swinging with just your arms and have lost the potential power from your torso and hips.
There are two postural faults that we see in golfers over 50:
With men over 50, we see the C-Posture a lot. Many women golfers over 50 also have the C-Posture but will sometimes present with an S-posture. In this short article, we are going to focus on correcting the C-Posture.
The C-posture is usually the result of poor posture over time. Poor posture with standing and with sitting and driving the car. You can see it everywhere you look and is actually becoming more common with the younger generation that is bent over a computer screen all day.
Aside from golf, a C-posture can lead to a bunch of future health problems including chronic spontaneous spinal fractures, especially in women. I am not going to sugar coat this, if you have a C-Posture and want to correct it, it is going to take focus and persistence. It took you a long time to develop this posture and it will take some time to fix it. However, even making small changes will make a difference and it is worth it. Correct Your Posture for Age Defying Golf Power The easiest way to fix the C-Posture is by lying down.
Performing the above exercise will improve the range of motion of your spine. However, that is only half of the cure because you also need to improve postural strength to have the ability to hold the position. Here is a great exercise to stabilize the spine: These two exercises will get you on your way. However, if you are dedicated to change (and you should be for your future quality of life), you will likely need more. The Spider Med II First of all, unless you have a lot of back pain or are over 80 years old, do not use a back brace to help your posture. You will become dependent on it. I have mentioned the Spider Med II Postural Trainer before and I really love it. It is not a postural supporter, it is a postural trainer. It will train you to have good posture permanently. I cannot express in words how important this is for golf power and back health. Click here to read more Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for reading!
Dr Ryan York, DPT CGS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Golf Performance Specialist