Most casual golfers who experience pain, or even just have a few bad games, assume there’s something wrong with their swing. But while poor swing mechanics might be the cause, it's more likely a sign of weakness and inflexibility.
Golf is ballistic, involving sudden moments of exertion. It's also one-sided: Players swing 75 to 100 times from one side of the body, which can often create muscle imbalances and overuse injuries. (If only we were all ambidextrous and could play righty on the front nine and lefty on the back nine.)
So before you consult a swing coach, take a close look at your physical fitness. Chances are, the key to a better game on the links is a better off-the-course training program that creates the flexibility and mobility to execute a proper swing. (Remember: If you think you're injured, or you're feeling pain during a workout, immediately stop and consult a doctor.)
Here are 10 basic exercises that will help loosen any golfer's hips, stabilize your shoulders, and help you build power and strength in your golf swing.
Pete Williams is a NASM-certified personal trainer and the author or co-author of a number of books on performance and training.