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  • Writer's pictureJeremy Wampler

Unlocking Shoulder Flexibility for a Pain-Free Back

Golf is a game that relies heavily on both flexibility and strength. One muscle that golfers often find to be tight is the latissimus dorsi muscle. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of this muscle for golfers and why it is crucial to keep it flexible.

To understand why this is important, let's first explore some anatomy. The latissimus dorsi muscles, also known as the "lat" muscles, attach to our shoulders but they also extend down and attach to our pelvis and lower back region. This means that whenever the lats are contracted or stretched, they will have an impact on the lower back and pelvis.

To execute a golf swing, it is crucial to have the ability to raise our arms overhead. During this motion, a stretching effect is placed on the latissimus dorsi muscles. If these muscles are tight, our body may adapt in various ways. One possibility is that we may restrict the elevation of our shoulders, resulting in limited power in our swing. Alternatively, we may exert extra effort to lift our arms, but due to lack of flexibility, we may end up standing up and losing our posture or contorting our spine into unfavorable positions to compensate for it. These compensations can lead to inconsistent shots.

The good news is that individuals can enhance their lat lengths with a straightforward stretching exercise. In the video provided below, we will demonstrate how to assess and effectively stretch your lats if they are tight.

Before starting any new exercise program, including the stretching exercises mentioned in this post, it's important to consult with a medical provider or qualified healthcare professional. While the information provided here is helpful, it should not be considered medical advice. Everyone is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Professional guidance is crucial to ensure your safety and well-being. Please use this information as a starting point but always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

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