Bridge Physio –catching up with local experts
‘Keeping Golfers on the green, injury free and playing well’
Dave Myers Golf Academy
Lindsey Anderson Chartered Physiotherapist Bridge Physio
Michael Hunter Chartered Physiotherapist Bridge Physio
I planned a golf lesson with Dave for Mike Hunter and myself because we treat so many golfers; we’ve attended golf conferences but we actually don’t play. Our extended expertise in treating sports people from golf to gymnastics, tennis to running includes knowledge of junior involvement to the older population. We understand movement faults and that’s when injury and pain can occur.
I’ve known Dave for 20 years and together have helped many a golfer stay on the course managing injury, improve their game and therefore their enjoyment and extended their golf life with tips and tricks. I’ve treated so many golfers I can talk the talk. I even know quite a lot of the local courses but I don’t hit balls.
Mike and I are sporty, Olympic weight lifting, fellrunning, triathlon, Pilates, skiing so out first problem was, we were trying too hard. Dave set us off with a waist high swing ( to develop feel , rhythm and tempo and get us to learn the basics) and immediately we tense and whack it to see who’s going to hit it furthest. Strategy failed. Dave’s patience and talent for spotting the one thing to change (there were many) meant we had a good outcome with only a half hour lesson. We heard that sweet sound when you hit it right and we hit 60yards. I can’t remember all the bad shots and mis-hits!
Lindsey : What is the main reason golfers have lessons?
Dave: They come when they’re playing badly. Their game goes off, they try different tricks they’ve seen or read about and they listen to their fellow golfers. Every golfer has an opinion on how to change someone’s game for the better.
When you keep tinkering with your swing, you learn more bad habits and things get worse.
Lindsey: It’s a little like physio then when someone has had a problem for a very long time it’s hard for them to see where the problem is. They get lost and think that there’s no hope in getting better. It takes an expert to get you to change for the better quickly.
Dave : If golfers have a top up lesson when they’re playing well, they can really improve. It takes a little more time to solve engrained problems.
Lindsey: I know from my patients that you have the knack for seeing the problem straight away and you’ve got a great way of teaching. I can see that you can analyse movements well. You also are great at using visual analogies so the golfer can feel the movement change you’re asking for. What’s the most frequent tip you give out?
Dave: RELAX. When you overtry you stiffen. The ball isn’t hit, it gets carried forward with the freedom of your swing. I can get people to slow it all down, relax and they’re suddenly hitting it 20yards further effortlessly.
Lindsey: What stops people playing?
Dave: Golfers lose their spark, become frustrated and think they can’t play anymore. When you’ve played for years you sometimes need a fresh pair of eyes to give you that step up; that one thing to practise that will make the difference.
Lindsey: WE encourage people to exercise more and golf is a great way to get out with people, have a good walk in the fresh air whilst exercising the core and the brain. We, as physios, can keep people playing whilst getting over injury. Often pain during or after golf is because of stiffness or weakness and can be remedied. Pain is a sign of poor loading sometimes, either a bad movement pattern or a poor technique.
Dave: Golf shouldn’t cause back pain when it’d done properly. Golfers don’t warm up, get straight out of the car from a 10 hour day and expect to hit their first shot well. I often hear that their game doesn’t settle til the 4th or 5th hole.
Lindsey: If golfers did some practise swings and simple stretches to waken up the muscles that have been sat on and overstretched at the computer, they would play better from the start with less chance of injury. We encourage people to oil the system with a warm-up. Gliding the joints, ligaments and fascia is intelligent that’s why the pros do it. It works.
Dave: Golfers tend to be in the older population and were brought up on playing sport. The younger golfers look after themselves with running the parkrun for fitness, going to the gym to keep strong.
Lindsey: What can we do to keep people playing golf well, injury free?
Dave: A warm up sheet with a few exercises that I can hand out to everyone would be great.
Bridge Physio will create the warm-up sheet; something simple and easy to do.
Collaboration : a golf event to share our knowledge to keep golfers on the green, injury free and playing well. Keep your eyes open.
Contact either Dave for golf advice or Lindsey and Mike for help with aches, pains and injuries
1 Town Street
0161 449 9267
David Myers Golf Academy
Disley Golf Club