If you are an avid golfer, then you know there is truth to the saying that it’s “all in the hips.” Your hips play an important role in both the accuracy and power of your swing. More specifically, that power is coming from your hip flexors. This is the area that runs from your lower abdominal region to the upper parts of your thighs. It’s responsible for helping you get that perfect rotation that you need as you move through your golf swing. If you don’t have enough power in that movement, your golf swing can end up being weak or sending your ball on an unintended wild arc.
It’s important to keep in mind that even if you aren’t an avid golfer, the strength of your hip flexors matters. They are responsible for aiding in almost all of the movement in your lower body, so the stronger your hips are, the more efficient those movements are going to be whether you are swinging a golf club or running on the trails. Giving a little attention to this important area of the body can offer you a lot of benefits! If you want to improve your hip flexor health, our Blaine Health and Wellness physical therapy team can help.
Improve Your Hip Movement to Improve Your Swing
If you want to improve the power and accuracy of your golf swing, then working on building strength in your hip flexors is a good place to start. Unfortunately, many of us live a lifestyle that’s making our hip flexors weak. If you sit for 8 hours or more at work every day, consider what that’s doing to those muscles within the hip flexor area. They are being shortened by the sitting position, meaning you aren’t going to be able to achieve the necessary rotation through the hips to send power down to your ball. Tight hip flexors also contribute to poor posture, one of the most important aspects of a good golf swing. Not only is your follow-through on the swing going to be lackluster at best, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to get the correct posture to your golf stance without doing something to help your flexors.
Other Issues That Can Come from Weak Hip Flexors
It’s not just your golf game that can be affected. These are other issues you could experience if your hip hinge is weak.
- Poor posture when seated or standing
- Less stability in your lower body
- Increase in lower back pain
- More issues with your knees
- Limited range of motion
- Poor balance
- Pain when walking or standing for long periods of time
How to Strengthen Your Hips
The best way to get more power out of your hips and into your swing is to build up the muscle power within the hip flexor region. This can be accomplished by adding daily exercises to your fitness routine that focus on those muscles. Lunges, toe touches, and deadlifts are all great strengthening exercises that you can try. There are a number of great exercises that you can put into practice to help you work on stretching and strengthening this area of your body. You may want to check out Natalie Lowe’s article “How Improving Your Hip Hinge Can Increase Your Distance” for instructions and photos on helpful exercises. Before you start any new exercise routine, though, you should check in with your doctor.
Is pain holding you back?
Some people develop weakness in the hip flexors because they experience pain when they are trying to go through the suggested exercises. If that’s the case, it’s time to speak to a physical therapist. An experienced physical therapist can help modify exercises so you are comfortable while still getting the benefits. They may be able to suggest alternative exercises that can help build up strength in your hips without causing you pain.
Need More Help Improving Your Golf Game?
The Blain Health & Wellness team is here for you! We understand how old injuries can create current pain that could be holding you back from achieving your best score out on the green. Whether you simply love to play for fun or have dreams of going pro, speaking to one of our physical therapists can help you overcome your current physical challenges and break through to a whole new level on your golf game. Make an appointment for a free consultation to learn more about how we may be able to help you!