Everybody plays golf...almost. You could be a passionate player, a social golfer or one being dragged on the course to play with clients but you all have one common goal: up your golf game. In general, to play better you need the three (3) following elements:


  • Right equipment: it is not required to be the latest fashion and does not have to be the same equipment recommended by your golf partner that hit the ball 60 yards further away than you. Use what is right for your game.


  • A good instructor: instructors are not only there to help you when you cannot hit the ball; they will help you keep up a good caliber and really help you get better when you see them on a regular basis instead of once in a while when you are in “panic” mode.


  • Time: YOU NEED TO PRACTICE. You need to do it often and the right way.


However, depending on the type of golfer that you are I understand you won’t invest the same amount of time and money to get better. Not everyone aspires to win their club championship, but I am sure you wouldn’t mind making an impression during your next “social” game with your golf partners. That is when I can help you!


Even if you do not feel any pain lately, your body might not have the mobility, flexibility, coordination and/or the strength to properly apply your golf swing. So, before investing a lot of time (that you might not have) on the driving range and money on golf lessons and equipment, you should make sure your body CAN execute what your instructor asks you to do. As a Certified Physiotherapist, level 2, by the Titleist Performance Institute, I have the necessary tools to identify the physical limitations that can stop you from swinging properly. I also have the ability to prevent the injuries related to wrong techniques in your swing.  As a professional golfer, I have a really good understanding of the mechanics of the golf swing and that enables me to make even more efficient recommendations and treatments by identifying the direct impact of your limitations and injuries on your game.


This year, regardless of the type of golfer that you may be, put all the chances on your side and start the season with a physical assessmentspecific to golf combined with a golf swing analysis. This step is not to further work on your golf swing, if that is not what you want, but to help you get more efficient in your workout. If you have the right equipment, but let’s say you are lacking spinal rotation in your back swing, even the best instructor (in the world!) won’t be able to help you have the proper placement of your club without physical compensations.


I am not a golf teacher, however with a Masters in Physiotherapy, my certifications and my valuable experience playing competitive golf, your swing will give me as much information about your body then your injuries on your swing.


If you have questions on the subject or would like more information, do not hesitate to come and see me at the Clinic on the third floor of the MAA. I do believe that health specialists and fitness and golf coaches should all work together to help you reach your full golf potential. Therefore it will be my pleasure to collaborate with them if they desire.

For more information or an appointment:

(514) 845-2233, ext. 234


Author: Laurence Mignault, Physiotherapist, TPI Certified Medical Expert (Level 2), Professional Golfer

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