31 Dec '13, 8pm

Fitness: A Big Weight Off Your Shoulders

Fitness: A Big Weight Off Your Shoulders

There's a reason almost all carry bags come with two straps: Supporting the weight of a golf bag on both shoulders makes the task easier and safer. But let's be honest, there are times when you might be too lazy to use both straps, and you let the bag hang off one side of our body. Though it might be convenient, it could lead to back pain and eventually sideline you from the game you love. It's not that carrying on one side is a particularly arduous task. It has more to do with compounding issues developed by the golf swing, says Dr. Robert Watkins, a spinal surgeon and former consultant to the PGA Tour. "It's already a sensitive area because of the torsion placed on the lumbar spine when you swing," he says. "There is the possibility of causing musculoskeletal problems." For right-handed players, the right side of the body handles much of the force needed to swing a club,...

Full article: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/2014-01/fitness-carryi...

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