31st Aug 2017

In June, keen golfer and SPEAR Chartered Physiotherapist David Fanthorpe, addressed concerns regarding growing trends of golfers incorporating weight training into their routines and some myths surrounding lower back pain – read the full blog here.

This month David, who works closely with the Kings Link Golf Centre in Aberdeen, spoke to Fraser from Kings Links about common swing flaws he sees on a regular basis that can result in undesirable biomechanical loads being placed through the spine.



RSA is the most common cause of Lower back pain in the golf swing. This occurs because the golfer for either technical or physical reasons does not or cannot rotate and side bends in an attempt to get the club on plane. The opposite movement must occur on the downswing, which excessively loads the joints on the right hand side of the lower back causing pain if repeated over time.



Another main cause of LBP and common consequence of the reverse spine angle is hanging back. It occurs when the player does not transfer weight in the downswing and stays back on their trail side instead. This means the player again excessively right side bends in to impact causing stress on right side on lumbar spine.



S-Posture is another problem I see which causes LBP. We tend to see this type of posture with people who do a lot of sitting during the day, the hips and lower back become tight pulling the lower back into extension and as a result the gluteal muscles and abs switch off as they are too long to engage. When I see people in this posture I’m surprised they don’t feel the pain themselves because trust me it’s very uncomfortable.

Next time, David will be addressing some of the issues mentioned above and giving you advice on preventative measures you can take. #teamSPEAR