This week, the best golfers in the world are facing golf's toughest test at the U.S. Open. Although the weather may have tamed the course a bit, the rough at this tournament is always known as some of the thickest and toughest that golfers will see all year. That means that they must be careful when swinging a club in the rough because they may injure their wrists or elbows by trying to do too much.
Amateur golfers can develop elbow pain in other ways than just hacking it out of the rough, so it's important to know some ways to relieve the pain that you may develop. Bill Godfrey sent in a question on behalf of a friend who has had to temporarily quit playing golf because of tendinitis in his elbow. He wondered if the Peak Performance Golf Swing could help alleviate his pain like it does for golfers who suffer from back pain.
I have a friend who has had to temporarily quit playing golf due to tendinitis in his elbow, but he's hoping to start again. I know your swing is easy on the back, but I was wondering if it would help my friend with his elbow problem. What are your thoughts on his problem and using your swing? Thank you for your reply.
I've found that a lot of golfers develop pain in their elbow because they straighten their left arm (for a right handed golfer) too much. They key is to have slight flexion in the arm, but without breaking or bending it. Your grip should remain equally firm in both hands, and you should feel that your forearm muscles are engaged up to your elbows.
I've always carried around a neoprene wrist band that I sometimes put up towards my elbow. Anytime I feel any sort of pain, I put it on to hold in the warmth in my arms. If you decide to get one of these bands (that you can see in the video) make sure that you don't strap it on too tight. If it cuts off your circulation and blood flow, it's way too tight.
Check out the video for some more information on elbow pain and remedies for it. If you get a chance to play this weekend, take a look at your elbow position and see if you're within the parameters of the PPGS.
Keep it vertical!
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