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Why Do I Have Elbow Pain During My Golf Swing?

– Do you ask yourself “why does my elbow hurt from golf?”

– Does golfing cause your elbow pain?

– Do you want to know if you at risk for elbow pain during the golf swing?

Golf is a sport that requires repetitive motions, especially in the arms and upper body. These repetitive motions can lead to overuse injuries, including elbow pain. There are several swing and physical characteristics that can contribute to elbow pain. A common swing mistake with amateur golfers is a move termed “over the top”, this is where the clubhead travels on an outside to in path. This can put an excessive strain on the elbow while attempting to hit that ball which can lead to elbow pain. Another common swing fault that can cause elbow pain is called “casting”; this is where the golfer releases the club too early during the downswing. Casting is a movement can cause the elbow to overextend and put excessive stress on the joint, leading to pain and even injury. Overuse of the hands and arms during the swing, and not effectively using the lower body to produce power can increase stress on the elbow due to increase demand to produce power and speed with the upper body.

But Why Do I Have This Swing Movement in the First Place?

To prevent elbow pain, golfers should focus on correcting their swing faults. If you have been working with a swing coach but are still finding yourself coming over the top and casting it may be a physical limitation. Limited trunk and shoulder rotation can put your body in poor positions to make an effective golf swing. If you do not address the physical limitations, you may not be able to ever correct the swing faults.

How Do I Fix It?

Physical and swing characteristics, such as reduced flexibility, lack of muscle strength, coming “over the top” and “casting” can all contribute to elbow pain. Improving your mobility and strength can help prevent and reduce elbow pain. But what if you do not know if you need to improve these areas. Identifying these limitations is the first step in fixing your poor movement patterns and improving your elbow pain. Click on the FREE P4S Golf Performance Assessment to see if you are at risk of elbow pain or injury.


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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