Protect Your Game
Thoracic extension is a key for your game. However, due to daily life, the majority of us are lacking this motion, and, in fact, are making it worse. Slumped, rounded shoulders with the head and neck tilted forward are doing more than just hurting your posture, it is destroying your game!
This Lesson Is For You If:
You sit at a desk all day
You have poor posture or flexibility
You have an over-the-top swing
Thoracic Extension – What It Is and Why You Need It
The thoracic spine is made up of 12 vertebrae and makes up the upper and middle back. When this becomes compromised, we look in other places for our mobility and stability. The problem is, we are not designed to be very mobile in other places, so golfers will start to break down and try to use the lumbar spine for mobility. The goal is to eliminate compensations in a player’s body because compensations can lead to injury.
When a player sets up in poor posture, they are setting themselves up for swing faults immediately. Think of a player who has rounded shoulders. When they start their backswing, the amount they can rotate is very limited. To help them turn further back, you will typically see the player stand up and flatten our their shoulder plane. Now they have the difficult task of trying to get back on a correct plane with both the spine and shoulders. The result is typically an over the top swing. All of this because they started out with poor posture. I am not saying this is the ONLY reason, but it’s a common flaw that we can easily fix.
In order for us to maintain our golf posture throughout the entire swing and create power, it is important that our thoracic spine have mobility. It will need to have full function of flexion, extension, side flexion, and rotation.
In this video I will address the problem and show you a few exercises you can do in order to reverse the damage. We will work on extending the spine and working to restore mobility to the proper surrounding muscles.