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How To Prevent Elbow Pain For Golfers

Have you experienced golfer’s elbow?

Do you feel like you change your swing because of your elbow pain?

Would like you to play golf without elbow pain?

If that sounds like you then keep reading as we go over reasons why you may be experiencing elbow pain and ways to prevent it, and even a way to test to see if you are at risk for elbow injuries.

Elbow Pain

Elbow pain during the golf swing is usually caused by overuse or improper swing technique. The repetitive motions involved in the golf swing can increase stress on the tendons and muscles in the forearm leading to an increase in pain and discomfort. Golfers often experience pain on the inside of their elbow, known as golfer’s elbow, but they can also have pain on the outside of their elbow. A common cause of elbow pain that we see at P4S Golf is due to a lack of shoulder mobility. The limited shoulder mobility in either trail or lead shoulder can put that arm in poor positions during the golf swing that can lead to increase stress on the elbow joint and the muscles surrounding the area.

How Do I Improve My Elbow Pain While Golfing

Identifying the cause of the elbow pain is the first step to reducing irritation and getting back to playing more enjoyable golf. A quick way to check to see if you have an appropriate amount of shoulder motion to prevent elbow pain is to take our FREE at home P4S Golf Assessment. If your mobility good, you may have limitations in strength around your elbow, including your forearm muscles. Practicing good swing techniques and avoiding using too much force or grip pressure can be an effective way to reduce stress on the elbow. Warming up prior to playing a round of golf can improve the flexibility in the elbow and performance on the course.

Pain in the elbow during golf is a common condition that we see at P4S Golf, and this can limit performance on the course and overall enjoyment of the game. To reduce and prevent elbow pain, it is crucial to identify the cause of the elbow pain and then take the appropriate steps to improve the function of the elbow during the golf swing to enjoy a more successful round of golf.


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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