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Golf Swing Mistakes That Lead To Lower Back Pain

Are you someone that has low back pain when you golf?

Do you have low back pain after you golf?

Do you want to know how to improve your low back pain?

Golf is a popular sport that requires a combination of strength, flexibility, and physical conditioning. However, golfers are prone to experiencing low back pain during and after golf. Low back pain during golf can be due to many factors, however we will focus on three of the most common swing mistakes.

1) Sway

Swaying is a common mistake made by golfers during the swing. This occurs when the golfer moves their weight too far away from the target, causing their upper body to move away from the ball during the downswing. This movement causes increased tension on the low back muscle, which can cause pain and discomfort. Lack of hip mobility, strength, or poor weight shifting can be common causes of increased sway.

2) Early Extension

Early Extension occurs when a golfer stands up/ extends their spine too soon during the
downswing. This can cause increased stress on low back, leading to pain and discomfort. To prevent early extension, golfers should focus on having enough hip and trunk mobility, in addition to strength to provide stability through the swing. This swing mistake is very common movement for amateur golfers but can be prevented with improve mobility, strength, and sequencing.

3) Reverse Spine Angle

Reverse spine angle occurs when a golfer bends too far forward from the waist during the swing. This puts a significant amount of stress on the low back, which can lead to pain and discomfort. To prevent reverse spine angle, golfers should focus on having an appropriate amount of hip and trunk mobility, in addition to strength to maintain proper posture during the swing to reduce risk of injury.

Golf is a great way to stay active and challenge yourself physically and mentally, however low back pain is a common issue among golfers, but it can be prevented by avoiding common swing mistakes like sway, early extension, and reverse spine angle. By focusing on maintaining an appropriate amount of hip and trunk mobility and strength to help maintain proper posture and reduce the risk of low back pain. If you want to know if your body is ready to play golf without low back pain, then download our FREE P4S Golf Fitness Assessment.


Spencer Cole

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Disclaimer: This blog content is for general educational information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. References available upon request.

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