This week we’re diving into the restrictions and limitations that affect your backswing and the consequences they impose over your striking.
In today’s post we’re taking a look at your THORACIC SPINE.
Your thoracic spine is the spine in your upper back and abdomen.
It sits between your cervical spine in your neck and lumbar spine in your low back.
Your thoracic spine has to rotate as you move through your backswing in order for you to achieve the desired shoulder turn.
Therefore, if your thoracic spine has decreased mobility you will not achieve the desired shoulder turn and you will be forced to compensate.
This can lead to:
FLAT SHOULDER PLANE
LOSS OF SPINE ANGLE
REVERSE SPINE ANGLE
What causes a decrease in thoracic spine mobility?
Having a ‘hunched’ or rounded upper back is an indication that you have a flexed-spine posture in your thoracic spine.
This posture alters the alignment of your FACET JOINTS – which are the joints of your spine.
Facet joints are GLIDING JOINTS and a flexed spine posture changes the way the joint surfaces move past each other, which increases wear and tear and decreases mobility.
A flexed-spine posture is a result of having a very specific set of muscle imbalances that are often a result of working at a desk.
The Trainfuly Golf Fitness Program addresses these specific imbalances to improve your posture and increase your thoracic spine mobility, which dramatically improves your backswing.
The exercise I’m demonstrating in this video is one of the many techniques we use in the program.
This specific exercise is a self-administered mobilization technique for the facet joints of your thoracic spine.
Go to Trianfuly.com to learn more.
In good health,