Getting the club in a good spot at the top of the backswing is crucial to keeping the body healthy and allowing your movement to remain powerful and efficient throughout the remainder of the swing. Once the athlete begins to rotate away from the golf ball the anterior and posterior (front and back) slings of the body begin to work in tandem for stability and support as the club becomes extended out in front of them and away from their center of gravity. To do this, the body acts much like the scaffolding we see across the front of a building in New York City. How is that scaffolding supported? Well we’ve all seen it, it is held up by two crossing steal poles that form an “X” and provide the strength to support another level of scaffolding above, and so on. Likewise, you have two anatomical “slings” across the front of your body, and two slings across the back. If one side of the scaffolding isn’t “pulling its weight,” it will collapse and come crashing to the ground. The same concept applies to our bodies.
As the body rotates to the top of your backswing, the anterior oblique sling becomes activated and elongated. Meanwhile a posterior oblique sling becomes activated and shortened. The anterior oblique slings are made up of your adductor muscle group, your abdominals, and the opposite side oblique muscle groups primarily. The posterior slings are comprised of the lat and the opposite side glute and hamstring complex. If one of these slings is not working, compensation can creep in causing inefficient movement and an increased risk for injury as a result. Think of “connecting” these areas when performing exercises like chops, lifts, single arm rows, and presses. The coordination of these slings will yield more power in your golf swing!
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