31 Mar '13, 5pm

Keys to protect your spine on the backswing: Maintaining a bent right knee and turning your left shoulder downward.

When I started teaching 16 years ago, it seemed that 80 percent of my students had lower-back issues. The incidence was so high, I knew my biggest contribution would be to help them learn to swing in a way that would alleviate stress on the spine. That's what I've tried to do. And I'm not talking only about average golfers: The PGA Tour on a Saturday morning is like an Aleve commercial. In fact, other injuries--to the shoulders, elbows and wrists--often come from compensations to save the back. In working with Craig Davies, a chiropractor and golf-specific fitness trainer in Orlando, I've identified four key areas where golfers can transfer some of the stress of the golf swing to areas of the body better suited to handle it. Here's how to do it. 1. BACKSWING The keys to protect your spine on the backswing are maintaining a bent right knee and turning your left shoulder dow...

Full article: http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-instruction/2010-03/save-y...

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