Indoor Golf Swing Analysis
Golf is a technical sport that requires good control of a swing in terms of power, efficiency, and accuracy. Whether you are looking to improve your game, or to return to the sport after an injury, having your golf swing professionally analysed by a physiotherapist is essential.
At Balance Core, we specialise in individualised and tailored movement analysis to identify the root cause of your challenges and we work with you to improve on your specific errors. We use a specially-designed indoor golf facility that allows our clients to demonstrate and practise their swings. Equipped with slow-motion cameras and motion analysis software, our physiotherapists can communicate feedback on your movement effectively and easily with video playbacks.
Common Conditions/Injuries Associated to Golf
Lower back pain
Spinal disc injuries
Spinal facet joint strains
Rotator cuff impingement
Rotator cuff tendinopathy
Knee meniscus injury
Wrist and hand pain
Our physiotherapists at Balance Core are well-versed in treating these conditions and can facilitate your return to golf even after these injuries.
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Common Errors We Have Observed in Golf
Excessive use of small finger flexor muscles
Excessive tension in wrist bending
Gripping too hard with palm
Point of Weight Bearing
Overloading into the forefoot and toes resulting in strain in the lower back, knees, calves, and feet
Excessive gripping in the hips for balance instead of proper use of the core
Poor understanding and improper use of core control
Excessive use of outer layer of dynamic trunk muscles instead of deeper postural control muscles
Background Muscle imbalance
Specific analysis by our physiotherapists at Balance Core can help you identify errors unique to you and decipher the root cause behind these errors. Identifying the errors and the root cause of the errors are the first steps in your road to recovery from injury.
Addressing Underlying Causes of Golf Injuries
Movement errors and sporting injuries cannot be addressed merely by playing or practising your sport alone. Specific analysis to identify the underlying reasons for the errors and risk factors for injury is essential.
Balance Core Physiotherapy Centre is committed to solving the root cause of problems. Combining our Integrated Balance Approach with a dedicated practice space and modern technology, our physiotherapists will work closely with you to identify your unique issues and design a suitable treatment plan for you in a systematic manner. In doing so, we strive to reduce your existing pain and help you to minimise the risk of your injuries recurring in the future.
As a golf swing involves movement within many joints and requires engagement of multiple muscles, a systematic approach like ours with the aid of slow-motion playback videos are particularly helpful and accurate.
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Frequently Asked Questions
For our physiotherapists at Balance Core to conduct a systematic physiotherapy assessment and treatment, a detailed movement analysis must first be conducted. This will be conducted in our specially-designed indoor golf facility fitted with turf grass to simulate your typical playing field (without the unpredictable weather elements) while providing you with a safe environment to demonstrate and practise your swing. Having a designated space allows our physiotherapists to fully understand your playing style and movement habits in an environment that mimics your usual golf course.
Your movements will be recorded and your physiotherapist will analyse them with you and provide feedback using a slow-motion playback of your movement with the aid of a motion analysis software. Our physiotherapists will also conduct a systematic assessment based on our Integrated Balance Approach. Based on the combined findings of your specific weight distribution, joint position, flexibility and mobility, muscle performance, functional movement and task-specific efficiency, our physiotherapists can then design a tailored rehabilitative programme to suit your individual needs.
Through a detailed yet streamlined approach, our physiotherapists will be able to determine the root issues in the challenges that you face in your game and design a rehabilitation or performance enhancement plan to facilitate your improvement.
Yes! Physiotherapy can help.
Degeneration is common and does not automatically mean disability. Most people can continue enjoying their favourite sport despite having evidence of degeneration in their radiological scans (i.e. X-rays, MRIs).
It is a misconception that you have to stop all sporting activities because you have degeneration or “wear and tear” in your body. When we play our favourite sport and feel aches and pains in the absence of any sudden twists, falls or acute injuries, the common deduction is that the pain is due to age, degeneration, or unsuitability for the sport. However, most of the time, the discomforts are because of an error in our movement pattern. Dysfunctional movement patterns, often paired with an imbalance in muscular performance and joint mobility, are the more common cause of discomfort. Sometimes, the root cause of the problem is not in the area of pain or discomfort.
The wear and tear of a joint is a result of overload and/or the joint being subjected to too much stress. This overload is often caused by problems such as tightness or stiffness in other areas of the body. Clinically, we have found that when healthy movement habits are restored (through manual therapy, exercise therapy and education to improve awareness), the previously strained joint will no longer be overloaded during activities. The same is true for people who play golf.
Hence, at Balance Core, we emphasise the importance of a “whole body analysis” to identify areas of weakness, overload, stiffness and hypermobility to decipher the root cause of the problem. This Integrated Balance Approach and sport-specific analysis will help us and help you to learn the problematic areas that are affecting your performance.
A combination of physiotherapy techniques (e.g. joint mobilisation and myofascial release techniques) to reduce pain and improve mobility together with exercise training to improve muscular and movement pattern performance can facilitate your return to sports safely and effectively.
Proper body mechanics and good muscular balance help to prevent injuries. Even if you do not have any pain now, having your movement patterns analysed can help you to understand your body better and make necessary changes to minimise your risk of injuries in the future.
Often, injuries (especially repetitive strain injuries), stem from long-standing but unrecognised issues. The human body is quick to adapt and tends to compensate by choosing the “easiest way out”. Over time, compensatory actions accentuate and worsen existing errors and imbalances that eventually result in an injury. Thus, it is never too early to identify errors in your golf swing and to correct them.