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May 18, 2008

Rub of the Green: Exertion of excessive force common cause to golf injuries

Anyone who has played numerous rounds of golf over an extended length of time is probably no stranger to golf-induced injuries.

Being the world’s best golfer has in no way prevented Tiger Woods from sustaining a physical breakdown as he chases his major objective, which is to be the best golfer in the history of the sport.

It would appear at this juncture, that injuries might be the only roadblocks in his path. In past years, a rule regarding how hard you swung a golf club should not exceed 75 percent of your total strength.

Anyone who has observed Tiger unwinding into a tee shot must realize that if he’s not utilizing 100 percent of his inherent strength, there’s an optical illusion involved.

Many doctors, through the years, have declared that swinging a golf club may cause a number of injuries that affect the spine, elbows, wrists and knees.

Back problems have plagued so many golfers that a different method of instruction is now employed. Back in the final half of the 1900s, golfers were taught to follow through the shot until the body resembled a backward “C” for right-handed players. Holding the head back while firing the hips through the shot was the suggested form.

Now a swing that features a straighter, stand up position through impact to the swing’s conclusion is the form most instructors recommend.

At any rate, as long as Woods insists on unloading on many shots as he has done in the past, there may well be more injuries ahead for him. An injured knee may be just one of a variety of physical problems he may incur.

Actually, Woods’ coordination is phenomenal. It would seem impossible for anyone to swing as hard as he does and still meet the golf ball so squarely, but the fact remains, many injuries may await the golfer who employs a swing that exceeds the force his body can withstand.

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