How To Increase The Shoulder Mobility In Your Golf Swing

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  1. terencebenson, 1 year ago

    I have rotator cuff problems. I had a full thickness tear of my supra spinouts on my right side – about 1996. I do some strengthening exercises from my physiotherapist, as the latest ultra sound shows that tendon is now paper thin. I will consult with him.
    I did your test, both arms only got to vertical rotating further back was not possible. I guess a rolled up towel or blanket under the spine would give the lift you suggest?
    I can perform your other flexibility drills OK.

  2. terencebenson, 1 year ago

    I goofed, that should read supra spinatus.

    • Jeremy Klinkhamer

      Jeremy Klinkhamer, 1 year ago

      Hi Terence,
      Thanks for the message. You are correct… a rolled up towel or blanket would be perfect. But, given your significant injury history, I highly recommend seeing your medical team to find the proper phase of rehab you should be adhering to at this time. Good luck to you!
      Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT

  3. CameornWolff, 8 months ago

    I can do all the letters except the letter Y. My thumbs can’t reach the ground. I have in the past dislocated both shoulders. Do I just hold in the letter Y position? Will mobility increase over time?

  4. Henry

    Henry, 2 months ago

    My shoulders lack flexibility. I have been doing similar stretches using the door frame since causing a minor impingement with pull-ups..being a retired Marine at 56 makes me a danger to myself! Carolina Ortho here in Charlotte did great work on my shoulder and knee. Unfortunately I have adjusted poorly (20 pounds) to no running and need to be smarter with the aerobics and strength training! Thanks for the help!

    • Jeremy Klinkhamer

      Jeremy Klinkhamer, 2 months ago

      Hi Henry,

      Thanks for the comment… it’s been my pleasure to help. The door stretch is good because, let’s be honest, it’s easy and the frame of a door is readily available. The foam roller is a major step up though. It’s less available and takes a little more work to find the roller and space but to stretch the shoulders correctly I think it’s invaluable. What the door frame lacks in postural training, head placement and total relaxation of the potentially tight tissue, the foam roller completely makes up for. If you don’t use one already, the foam roller would be a great addition to your current routine.

      As a San Diego resident I’ve had the opportunity to work with many military men and women. It’s always a humbling experience to be able to give back to them in a small way. Thanks for your service.

      Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT

  5. RaymondCHASTEL, 2 months ago

    Very fine reminder ,Jeremy OF your T I Y W EXERCISE on THE FOAMROLLER Roller for THE rotator cuffs .
    As a 100 meters free style swimmer in my younger years (100 m in 56 s ,a High level in THE ’50′s ) ,I was very flexible in THE shoulders ,I would take a towel in my two hands stretched and go over THE head back and forth with THE arms stretched with Great ease .I can’t do it anymore today ,at age 80!
    I practise another exercise for THE rotator cuffs :lying on a big table ,hand holding a light dumbell ( 2,5 kgs ),my arm is Bent at 90 ° and over THE sid OF THE table ,I let THE Weight OF THE dumbell stretch THE shoulder .
    You CAN do this exercise also on THE FOAMROLLER .
    I can’t today have THE left arm folded at 90° be at right Angles to THE floor ,it hurts ,THE right arm CAN do it though .
    An obvious limitation to my backswing position !
    CAN I correct it ?

    • Jeremy Klinkhamer

      Jeremy Klinkhamer, 2 months ago

      I’m not sure if you can ‘correct’ it. I’m glad you don’t do the left arm as you say it hurts… that stretch shouldn’t be done if it hurts. Keeping the elbow at 90 degrees but next to your body may be a better option.
      Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT

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