Not a Spring Chicken Anymore

It seems my New Year’s Resolutions were a little too much for my aging “dad” self to keep up.  I was doing great for about 3 weeks until a couple of injuries kicked up and made life a little tough.

A bone spur in my wrist and a lingering shoulder injury have made both working out and practicing much more challenging.  I’m now in a wrist brace with potential surgery on the horizon.  I’ve decided surgery is the very last option, on my lead wrist at that.  A visit to the PT in the morning, Neil McKenna at Elevate Function (http://elevatefunction.com), should help me along my path.

My injuries have really made me rethink my views on golf and being physically active.  It’s more important than ever to understand the correct mechanics, sequence and physical limitations required in the golf swing.  The folks over at the Titleist Performance Institute (http://www.mytpi.com) opened me up to what our body is made to do and what it is supposed to do.  I’ve compared old video of my golf swing to what I am trying to accomplish now and have found the issue……my grip.  

I’ve adjusted my grip just a bit a couple of years ago and in my attempt to consistently grip the club the same every shot I’ve gone too far in one direction.  The club is now too far in my fingers (just be a few millimeters mind you) which has resulted in a strong grip that my swing isn’t made for.  I cup the club too early in my backswing and am unable to maintain a flat wrist during the downswing.  

A slightly strong grip has led to an impact position with a slightly cupped wrist and very bad things happen.  Bad things happen to my wrist, my ball flight and more importantly to my ego.  

I need to always review my fundamentals, something my Director of Instruction preaches every day.  Even when I think I’m in the correct positions…..I often times am not.  It really is amazing how we can tweak very small things with our swing; grip, stance, posture or alignment…just to name a few.  My attempt to keep the club head outside of my hands on the backswing has led to a very bad position during my takeaway and the top of the backswing.  I’m forced to release the club early which causes my wrist to be in extension at impact, which is not good at all (casting).

My goal is to avoid surgery and improve my golf swing.  The new technology our PGA Golf Professionals have is amazing; K-Vest, Flightscope and high speed video just to name a few.  Now I’ve got to adjust my motor pattern and change my takeaway, but more importantly I’ve got to change my release.  A new grip is one of the most challenging things in golf but since I’d really like to play with my (now) three kids, change is good!

Visit http://www.mytpi.com/improve-my-game/swing-characteristics/casting for more information on “Casting” and the various screens and fixes.

 

 

About Coach Matt

Class "A" PGA golf professional and GM of the Del Mar Golf Center, a Top 50 Practice Facility. My goals are to educate myself as much as possible about the game of golf and share that information. I hope to help golfers practice more effectively, transfer those skills to the golf course and enjoy the game of golf.

Posted on March 12, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Matt

    I completely understand about injuries. They can be nagging and cause untold issues with our golf swing. I do believe that fitness is an important key to success in golf. So I keep plugging along. Interesting point about your grip…..I have never had mine looked at, might be something to do early in the season this year. Great post!

    Cheers
    Jim

  2. Jim,

    Thanks for the comments What are you doing for your golf fitness? Prescribed program or other?

    I would recommend a quick checkup as your season begins. It’s amazing how our fundamentals can creep and while still feeling normal are not always the most efficient or safe.

    Matt

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