How To Improve Your Golf Swing | 6 Critical Tests - Northwest Physiotherapy Group

How To Improve Your Golf Swing | 6 Critical Tests


Is joint stiffness or muscle weakness preventing you from performing well and really enjoying your golf?

Do you want to improve your golf swing?

Is joint stiffness or muscle weakness preventing you from performing well and really enjoying your game?

Playing golf involves a complex chain of joint movements and muscle actions performed in a particular sequence to deliver the most effective force through the club to the ball.

There are 6 critical elements of a good golf swing.

If any of these elements are missing, or not optimal, this will affect your ball strike, distance, accuracy and ultimately your satisfaction with the game.

We have been assisting club golfers to improve their games for almost 20 years by focussing on these 6 critical elements.

We could help you to drop your handicap and increase your enjoyment of the game.

This report will:

  • Help You Drop Your Handicap
  • Increase Your Enjoyment Of The Game
  • Teach You Some Of The Factors That Make An Effective Swing And
  • Understand The Importance Of These Critical Elements.
  • Show You How To Assess These Key Musculoskeletal Factors.

The purpose of this report is to highlight the 6 critical factors of the golf swing. These are not exhaustive but they are the musculoskeletal factors that you can improve through assessment, treatment and exercise.


  1. Spinal mobility
  2. Shoulder mobility
  3. Lumbo- pelvic stability
  4. Lower limb strength
  5. Postural awareness
  6. Musculoskeletal health

We are physiotherapists who have been working in sports therapy and rehabilitation for over 20 years. We have treated many golfers who have presented at our clinic with a number of musculoskeletal dysfunctions which have affected their capacity to enjoy their game and perform at their best level. In our experience the critical factors we will discuss have a pivotal role in achieving a full pain free golf swing and effective ball striking.

As physiotherapists our area of expertise is the assessment of musculoskeletal system, motor control and movement. We have an excellent grounding in anatomy and biomechanics as well as teaching people how to improve their movement patterns and mobility.
At the conclusion of this report you will have much greater awareness of the factors that can contribute to a good golf swing and how to assess and improve these factors.


Spinal mobility includes total movement of each part of your spine including your neck, thoracic spine (which our ribs connect to) and your low back or lumbar spine. Adequate spinal mobility is essential to a good golf swing and can be tested in a number of ways.

The golf swing is essentially a release of stored energy built up by the increase in torque with rotation of the spine to the top of the back swing. If we have limited spinal rotation we are unable to turn fully and thereby build enough stored energy to truly effectively swing through the ball.
The neck must have sufficient mobility to stay relatively immobile while the shoulders and thoracic spine rotates under it and away from the ball. Lack of good mobility in the neck will mean that you turn with the shoulders making it very difficult to make a consistent swing back to strike the ball.
Thoracic rotation is where most of the mobility in our spine occurs. We must be able to turn as far as we can to the right (for a right hander) whilst maintaining a relatively fixed pelvis to build up a rotational torque and thereby power when we unwind through the ball.

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