YOUR BODY is all about movement patterns!
Your body will always try to move the easiest way it possibly can. So whether you’re trying to swing a golf club or trying to swing your partner round and round, YEEHAA doe see doe with your partner….your body will search for the easiest route possible to move! Interestingly though, if you have any limitations in how well your body can move due to previous injury or just stiff joints or unpliable muscles then your body will move around those limitations in an attempt to do the movement you’ve asked it to do.
However when this alternative route of movement occurs you unknowingly recruit other joints or muscles to take up the extra work load to pick up the slack from the lack of movement caused by your limitation. Compensating for limitations in movement by overloading other areas of the body is like taking the fast-track to injury and lack of performance.
If you play golf, then make no mistake, you are a performance athlete. That’s right, if you are trying to make that little white ball fly consistantly straight and long, then you’ll need to make a ballistic movement and believe me, ballistic movement and compensations for movement limitations is a recipe for disaster.
What’s really interesting is that every time you make a movement that is compensating for a limitation then you are strengthening that movement pattern. So let’s say you were injured at some point in your life, but you continued to train because you thought that Captain America would do it, so you should too. I’ll just work through the pain, injury’s are for wimps, no pain no gain and so on and so on. NO! Do you really think that is a good idea, embedding a memory of a poor movement pattern in your golf swing or dance moves is not a good idea. In fact study’s have shown that even after recovering from an injury your body will still try to move in a compensation pattern for up to 6 months afterward, and if you’ve been training the whole time then chances are you’ve just been strengthening a movement fault that will often lead to poor performance and often to a re-occurring injury.
So as BA Barracus would say, “I pity the fool that messes with me” or in this case with yourself, because training while injured is messing with your future performance.
Now, perhaps the most important step towards your improvement is your next step. You need to step forward and see if you’ve got any limitations that are preventing you from moving properly. Go see your local TPI certified expert. Or if you don’t have an expert in your area, then do yourself a favor and order your copy of the Golfers Handbook - Save your golf swing and your LIFE! today.
You need to have a physical screening to see if you have any limitations. Identifying your limitations and improving them is by far the fastest way to improvement. Your body is your body, and you and only you is responsible for its movement.
By improving your limitations you are giving yourself a future. But sometimes removing limitations isn't enough, because if you've engraved a compensation in your movement pattern then you'll need to reset your movement pattern by learning a new movement that is supported by your new freedom of movement. You may need to learn how to activate muscles that have been inhibited in your earlier movement. This may involve working with a PGA swing coach that will work together with your TPI expert and that has an understanding of the importance of how your limitations have restricted your golfswing and forced you to compensate by way of a possible swing fault.
I strongly recommend that you take this advice and start taking steps forward to improving your performance and preventing injury.
Thank you for supporting this webpage and good luck.
Coach Adam Stevenson
PGA Professional & TPI Certified Coach
Author of the Golfers Handbook - Save your golf game and your LIFE!