Golf, The Masters and Chiropractic: Your Ace in the Hole
By Sara Butler
Golf may look like a simple sport, but it is challenging on several levels. It has an intense psychological component, which may just be on par with poker! And perhaps the tournament that gets inside a golfer’s head more than any other is The Masters Championship. Sure, there are other big tournaments, but there aren’t any that matter as much to those involved. If you can win only one tournament, you want to win the one at Augusta National.
Beyond the psychological element is the physical and conditioning aspect. If you don’t have good golf form you can kiss that birdie goodbye. You kiss enough birdies goodbye and you can forget about playing in the last twosome on Sunday. If you’re looking to improve your golf game you can’t go wrong by making chiropractic care your partner on the golf course. Just look at the 2015 winner of The Masters, Jordan Spieth. While donning that glorious green jacket, the recent college graduate thanked his chiropractor – and here’s why.
All About Form
One of the ways you win at golf is to have flawless form – but achieving that form is easier said than done. According to the American Chiropractic Association, the United States boasts 30 million golfers, many of whom suffer from back pain. This is because the golf swing isn’t exactly a “normal” movement of the spine, especially the lower back. There’s even a term for the affliction: “Golf back.”
Alas, poor form with your golf swing isn’t the only way to injure your back while playing golf. One of the greatest things about golf, from a fitness standpoint, is all the walking involved. But one of the biggest challenges for your body in golf is … (wait for it like a 72-foot putt inching closer to the hole) … all of the walking! Think about the hills, uneven ground and unstable surfaces you must traverse over the course of one round. Then throw in torquing your body from the bunker to salvage a bogey (hey, nobody said it was easy) or bending over to pick up the rake after you’ve overshot the green – it’s as hard on your back as it is your ego.
Reduce Pain as You Improve Your Game
When you incorporate chiropractic care into your golf game you are taking the first step toward a pain-free putt. If your body is conditioned correctly and your spine is aligned, you greatly reduce your chance of injury. Seeing your chiropractor for spinal adjustments can help to keep your body functioning and moving optimally. Regular adjustments to your neck and back can also help that golf swing from having a negative impact on your health or your enjoyment of sticking it to that loudmouth who follows every shot with “I can’t believe I’m playing this bad.” You know who we’re talking about.
If you do get injured while golfing, chiropractic care can also help you to heal quicker. An experienced chiropractor will adjust your spine and also work on the tissue and surrounding joints in order to allow your body to do what it was meant to do – heal itself. This can turn you into quite the lean, mean, golfing machine with a great golf swing.
It’s no wonder a chiropractor staffs all PGA events and most successful pros have a chiropractor who travels with them.
You Need The Joint Chiropractic
You don’t have to have aspirations of being Rory McIlroy – who’s getting an adjustment 43 seconds into his awesome new Nike commercial – to be the envy of your golfing buds.
Instead, you should aspire to increase your mobility and reduce your pain while enjoying your golf game even more with chiropractic care. Make your next drive to The Joint Chiropractic today and take the first step toward turning that birdie into an eagle.
And don’t forget your green windbreaker.