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Using 3D Motion Analysis to Optimize Golf Swing and Minimize Injury

When someone hears that they have an “inefficient golf swing” they automatically think about performance. However, what they don’t realize is that the improper form can lead to injuries as well. For instance, the number one cause of back pain in golfers is what’s known as a reverse spine angle. This occurs when there is excessive upper-body backward bend during your backswing and is the result of lacking the proper flexibility in your latissimus muscles, lack of internal rotation in your trail leg, and poor thoracic rotation. These are simple problems to fix once you are aware of them.

Likewise, an inability to separate your upper body from your lower body during your swing causes an inefficient swing, inconsistent striking of the ball with little control (making it virtually impossible for you to repeat the beautiful 300 yard drive down the middle you started the round with), and raises your risk for injuries.  These are mechanical problems that a qualified golf instructor can correct when given the right information about the underlying issues.

The goal of our 3D golf swing and TPI analysis is to identify these strength and flexibility imbalances, and mechanical issues. 3D Motion Analysis allows us to measure timing, torque, and angular velocity of the different segments of your swing, body rotation, and club to identify exactly where in the kinematic sequence your body becomes unaligned, which causes inefficiencies in your swing and/or pain. Another major benefit of the 3D analysis is the ability to see borderline swing flaws that would otherwise appear normal in a 2D video analysis. These types of flaws often lead to injuries if not corrected.

Combined with a full strength and flexibility evaluation, such as the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Screen, we are able to pinpoint imbalances and weaknesses that explain why your form breaks down.  After the 3D analysis and evaluation, we provide you with a strength and conditioning prescription as well as a detailed report for a swing coach or golf pro to correct your mechanical flaws.

If you’re serious about improving your golf game, or feel pain after a round of golf, consider going through a 3D golf swing analysis and TPI strength and flexibility evaluation. Improving your golf swing and fitness will not only lower your scores it will also reduce your risk for injury allowing you to enjoy what is sure to be a summer full of 4-hour vacations on the course.

Learn more about our golf swing analysis or call 781-373-2760 to schedule your 3D analysis appointment today.

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