6 Ways to Avoid Golf Injuries This Spring
With spring on the way and warmer weather in the forecast, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming golf season. Following the health tips below will help you transition into the new season injury-free.
Ease into your swings.
After months of hibernating on the couch, most of us have the tendency to over-swing. To improve your swing and avoid potential injuries, we suggest warming up at least 10-15 minutes before your first tee. Practice hitting short irons on the range with half swings.
Replace worn-out grips.
No doubt, your hands are going to be a little sore during the first few rounds this spring. Muscles that haven’t been used in months are now being forced to come out of hibernation. That being said, worn out grips will make the discomfort a lot worse. So check your grips and re-grip them if they’re looking a little worse for wear.
Break in those new shoes.
Most golf shoes have a lifespan of about two seasons. So if you’ve gone out and purchased some new kicks, make sure to break them in before heading to the course. Blisters can really set you back — especially if you’re trying to make a regular routine out of golf this spring.
Prevent lower back pain.
Lower back pain is a common complaint among golfers. A good way to correct this problem is to stretch your hamstrings. The hamstrings run through the back of each thigh and tightness can increase stress on the lower back. Give these muscles a good stretch on a regular basis and you’ll notice a significant decrease in lower back pain.
Always wear sunscreen.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time on the course, it’s important to protect your skin from damage — even on cloudy spring days. To be safe, you should slather on SPF 30 before you head outdoors.
Ease into the game.
Though you might be tempted to dive head first into your old routine, it’s a better to ease into it. Playing too much too soon can lead to a number of overuse injuries which can keep you off the course for weeks.