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What postural assessments may be useful for golfers?

A static postural assessment can help identify muscle imbalances or movement complications. The golfer should be examined from the front, back, and side. In addition to a static postural assessment, a transitional or movement assessment should be done as well. The overhead squat test and single-leg squat test can help identify inefficient movement patterns or imbalances that should be corrected to help the player optimize their golf game. Due to the rotational demand of the sport, a trunk rotation assessment would also be useful.

There are several postural assessments or screens that can be very beneficial to golfers, the most common and golf specific are the pelvic rotation test, torso rotation test and 90/90 shoulder mobility test. These will test upper and lower body rotation and the ability to separate upper and lower body during a swing. Shoulder flexibility and mobility are also screened in the 90/90 test. The Titleist Performance Institute has a complete list of their recommended screens as well as a Performance Coach locator on their web site.

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