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TPI Niagara: The Shoulder & Golf

Our shoulders play a CRUCIAL role throughout the golf swing and need to maintain their mobility to prevent injury 💥 👩🏽‍⚕️The most common injury seen at the shoulder is a rotator cuff strain, other injuries such as instability and impingements also commonly occur. These types of injuries are most due to poor mechanics (either daily or during workouts) & muscle imbalances. 👩🏽‍⚕️Shoulder external rotation in both the trail & lead arms is important to optimize proper swing mechanics & reduce abnormal stresses going through the shoulder, preventing future injury and discomfort.

🏌🏻‍♂️Trail shoulder mobility will greatly influence the pitch of the shaft in transition, whether it is steep or shallow. When the shaft steepens, we create a steep angle of attack & cut across the ball. You want to try to maintain external shoulder rotation of the trail shoulder at the top of the backswing to improve ball contact.

💪The Reach Roll & Lift drill can be used as an assessment tool or for strength training. Begin by sitting on your heels, toes tucked under. Place your fist under your forehead and reach out your opposite arm with the palm down. Next, turn your palm upward & try to lift your straight arm off the ground.

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