Your body is working against itself

Buenos dias! Espero que estes emocionada por el Aierto de Mexico.

Translation: Good morning! I hope you’re excited for the Mexican Open.

Sadly, Google Translate is the only way I’m able to craft such a complex greeting.

In any event, I got a lot of great feedback from the Crew yesterday about what they want to know from Scott Stallings this afternoon on the podcast.

One topic that kept coming up was about staying injury-free. Here was one that jumped out to me:
“How does a lack of core strength increase a golfer’s risk of injury.”

Great question.

And there are a number of reasons, but these are my top 3:

  1. Poor Posture and Swing Mechanics – When golfers have a weak core, they tend to overcompensate for their poor posture and mechanics with other muscle groups, which can lead to back, hip, and shoulder injuries.
  2. Reduced Power – Having a strong core is essential for generating power in your swing. A weak core puts unnecessary stress on other body parts to try and help carry the load (arms, wrists, other joints)
  3. Imbalanced Muscle Development – As your body relies more heavily on certain muscle groups to compensate for the weak ones, you become more and more imbalanced. That imbalance increases the risk of injuries like strains, sprains, and muscle tears.

Do you see a general theme to injury-prevention here?

Injuries typically happen when we are forced to overcompensate for a physical shortcoming.

While we can never completely prevent injuries, we can dramatically tip the scales in our favor by increasing our strength – “The mother of all athletic qualities.”

Your #1 Fan,
Jeff Pelizzaro

PS – If staying injury-free and on the course for a long, long time is something that sounds better than sitting on the sidelines, then you should click here to join us in the 18STRONG Membership.

Together, we’ll get stronger, better looking (maybe?) and enjoy playing this game we love for years and years to come.