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Exercise of the Month – March 2017

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Man Playing Golf on Beautiful Sunny Green Golf Course. Hitting Golf Ball down the Fairway from the Tee with Driver.



The overhead squat can be very informative when it comes to assessing your golf swing. It gives you an idea of the mobility in the thoracic spine, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles all very important in the swing. You should be able to keep your heels down throughout this movement which is important in maintaining posture with the downswing.

If a golfer does not have the mobility in their shoulders to lift the stick or club above their heads and get their arms in line with their head they tend to not maintain their posture during the back swing because they are too tight in the shoulders and thoracic spine. Core stability needs to be good enough to maintain the balance in this exercise as for the golf swing.
To perform this exercise take your feet shoulder width apart feet parallel hold a golf club or dowel shoulder width apart, sending the hips back as if you were sitting in a chair behind you squat down trying to take your hips below your knees and bring the dowel overhead.
The test would be failed and you should stop if you have any of the following:
  • Feel any pain or discomfort
  • Lose your balance
  • Cannot get your arms next to your head
  • Lift heels of ground

These factors can all be worked on individually to be able to complete this exercise such as working on the flexibility of the calf muscles to enhance ankle mobility.

The golf swing is a series of complex movement patterns that require training, come and have a more comprehensive assessment with our Exercise Physiologist and see if we can get some power into that swing!

Overhead Deep Squat

Overhead Deep Squat Rotation Variant

These exercises should not cause pain. If you are having trouble with these exercises or other exercises, please contact us on the details below to organise an appointment.


Thanks to our Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Coast Sport team member Leigh-Anne McBrideExercise physiologist McBride for preparing this exercise of the month.

To book in with Leigh-Anne to get some happy shoulders, call us on 4356 2588 or use the book online button below!


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