The Key to Developing a 3-P Golf Swing
The ultimate goal of any golfer is developing a swing that exhibits the three P’s: Powerful, Pain-free, and (re)Produce-able. And while longevity is desired, consistency and dominance comes when the player combines motor control with mobility and stability. It is then that the ideal “3-P” swing will have sustainability. While maximizing shot distance cannot be understated, hitting the long ball, or even an accurate drive, requires movement efficiency that blends motor control, strength, and coordination. Today, we will discuss the importance mobility and stability plays in injury prevention while unlocking one’s capacity to reach full swing potential.
Motor control is a repetitive learning process between mind and body. We can look at learning to ride a bike as a perfect example of that body-mind awareness. The motions needed to execute the task are known, but the proper signals between the muscles and the brain must coordinate in order for the bike to be ridden with success. At first, it can seem difficult to CONTROL movement on the bike. However, with practice comes mastery of riding the bike. The repetitive movement during continuous attempts is where the mind and body connects; creating control and coordination. This process is what’s known as motor learning.
Why is motor control essential during the golf swing? For starters, it is one of the building blocks upon which a “3-P” swing is developed. Being able to separate (disassociate) the upper body from the lower body is the first step towards a swing that is Powerful, Pain-free, and (re)-Produce-able. It is this disassociation that allows a player to achieve the proper rotational sequencing during the take-a-way, the down swing, and the finish. Any hindrance in the ability to rotate will certainly lead to compensations that result in a variety of faulty swing characteristics. Reducing the swing’s natural tri-planar movement (movement occurring simultaneously in three planes of motion) results in a reduction in torque; thereby decreasing swing speed, power, and drive distance. More importantly, the body will attempt to make up for its restrictions by compensating elsewhere in order to produce the desired drive on the ball. With these compensations comes the risk of injury, but motor control is not the only consideration in the golf swing. A player’s mobility and stability must be taken into account, as well. Undoubtedly, mobility and stability are key elements to a powerful golf swing. However, it is motor control that lays the foundation for proper sequencing that results in a swing that is pain-free, reproduce-able, AND powerful.
Click below to view 2 tests that will assess your ability to disassociate (separate) the upper and lower half of the body – or, the torso from the hips. A third video is available that offers insight into determining hip mobility. These videos will also provide you with essential tips on how to identify key physical limitations that may be preventing you from performing a smooth and powerful swing.
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