It's golf season, so this week's #silverboardsliver is all about golf! 🏌🏽
If you head out golfing this week (the weather is great!☀️) and throughout the summer, try using a push cart.
Carrying your clubs not only places a huge amount of compressive force ⬇️ on your spine, but also causes lactic acid build up in the surrounding muscles causing fatigue and injuries💥. Consider that the average golf bag weighs between 8 and 15kgs and you will be lugging that around, picking it up and putting it down upwards of 100 times a round.
The latest research out of Europe also shows that carrying your bag leads to a decreased ability to score and an increased chance of injury!
Findings indicate that physical benefits of carrying your bag are minimal. A study showed that golfers who carried their clubs burned an average of 721 calories over 9 holes compared to 718 calories burned by golfers who used a push cart. Additionally, research suggests that golfers who carry increase their risk of injury to the shoulder, back and ankle.
Push buggies offer an advanced alternative to the traditional pull buggy by taking advantage of the forward momentum of walking and thereby reducing muscular fatigue. It also prevents the additional twisting that occurs when you hold the pull cart behind you.
When it does come to using a push buggy, there are a few points to keep in mind:
1️⃣ Ensure that the handle sits around 'belt' height so your arms and shoulders can stay relaxed
2️⃣ Keep the buggy close to your body with your elbows at 90 degrees and use your big stabilising muscles to push the buggy along (predominantly your core and leg/buttock muscles)
3️⃣ Invest in a good quality push buggy
4️⃣ Always take time to warm up correctly before each round ⛳️