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ROM Requirements for a Proper Golf Swing

Maurie Steinley, PT, DSc, SCS

October 24, 2012

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Question

How much shoulder range of motion is required for a proper golf swing?  I am thinking of patients who are status post left shoulder replacement and are trying to return to golf.

Answer

If we are talking about backswing, for right-handed golfers, the right shoulder will comfortably need a minimum of 70 degrees of external rotation.  For follow through, they will need about the same in the left shoulder.  The closer they can be to 90 degrees the better.  As a practitioner, this is where knowing your client's limitations and where you think you can get them comes into play.  If they are an avid golfer and want to get back to the game, they could shorten their backswing a little, and sometimes they can abbreviate their follow-through.  


maurie steinley

Maurie Steinley, PT, DSc, SCS

Maurie received his physical therapy degree from the University of North Dakota in 1989 and his Doctor of Science in Sports Specialty Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2002.  Maurie has spent the majority of his career in outpatient orthopedics.  He has trained with the Titliest Performance Institute and enjoys helping golfers get back on the course. 


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