Thursday, May 18, 2006

Lower (Lumbar) back strain

I have a flat swing, and yesterday I got to the country club (pix to follow) early, to work on creating a more upright swing so I ca get a greater descending blow at impact. I'm happy to report that my practice paid off.
The downside is that my back muscles are not strong enough, so I had some discomfort during the round, and today from altering my swing. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
I did a little research on lower back pain, and found that what I have is a very common Lumbar strain , and I can get relief from various exercises. In the link I've provided, you can find a printable worksheet of easy-to-follow back exercises if you need them. I plan on creating a regimen for me to follow tomorrow.

I also changed my putting technique. Before, I had a forward stance, where the ball was lined-up with my front foot. I moved the ball back to the middle. This made the putter-head square at impact. I also made a conscious effort to keep the angle of my wrists consistent throughout the stroke. I'm happy to report that worked in spades as well. I only missed 2 putts within 10 feet.

Did I need to change everything? Well...let's just say it's why I tried something new. It's not that I was playing bad, it's just that I can play better with these improved methods. It might take some time to make it into my muscle memory, but it'll hold up better in the long-run if I stick with it.

I shot an 88 with a trip, and 2 doubles. It was the first time I played the course, and the greens were lightning fast. The majority of my shots were crisp, and I felt confident on all of my putts.

The more I get used to my "new" swing, the lower these numbers are going to get for me.

Except for the issue of my lower back feeling tight right now...that's exciting!

Thanks for reading, keep it in the short-grass.



Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your new techniques are working out for you. I just changed my putting technique and I was nailing my putts from all over the greens.

MyDailySlice said...


I think I saved myself from blowing $200 on a new putter.

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