Q & A: How Does The Golf Swing & Posture Affect the Psoas?

Published by Liz Koch on March 26, 2010 in Blog, Question of the Month

Q: How does the golf swing and posture affect the psoas?

A: Serious golfers know that full hip socket rotation is a must for a powerful, dynamic, and accurate swing! Faulty swings will twist and disrupt the ability to keep ones eye on the ball. Releasing the psoas is key to developing and maintaining healthy hips. Gaining a fluid, juicy psoas is also the best way for skeletal joints and muscles to function synergistically. Active recovery work plays an important part in balancing the imbalances inherent in the sport. How many golfers end up with hip socket dysfunctions that lead to low back or knee injuries? The concepts of a healthy Psoas and a neutral core is essential for everyone and specifically to the golfer.

Jane Stewart
Posted on September 21st, 2015 | Permalink

I’ve just found this site by sheer chance! I’ve been having terrible trouble with my hip and groin after golf with the ache radiating down my leg at times and through the night, it’s painful enough to keep me awake. I’m almost at the stage of giving my beloved golf away (very sad). I’ve just started having treatment with both a physio and a massage therapist….both are stretching me and doing some trigger point therapy along with dry needling in the groin hip area. Nothing seems to help…the stretching does for a while but the ache afterwards is always bad. Now, the site that pushed me towards this one talked about the psoas muscle and a release for it. I was pretty amazed as I had an operation about six years ago for a hernia (inguinal I think) and afterwards I complained to my surgeon that I had a really bad stitch sort of pain about five inches above the incision….sort of felt like they’d left something inside??? Anyway, even though it’s uncomfy some of the time, especially sitting upright at a table and eating, along with a tight pair of pants or belt, I would never have thought for a minute that it may be a muscle that was upset during the operation (which now I can see obviously happened). Ha, now I understand why my poor hip and groin are so unhappy….I’ve been walking strangely since it happened and probably done even more damage. Twisting in golf is a necessity but I think my dear psoas is an unhappy muscle having been ignored (by ignorance!) and I’m hoping now to learn how to help it myself or at least talk to my therapist to enable it to be helped or even healed. I was so interested to see your question as it is exactly what I wanted to know myself. I love golf and hate the thought of living without it in my life. I also hate feeling uncomfy like this everyday of my life, expecting the diagnosis of ‘hip replacement surgery’ in the near future. Thank you to Liz for finding a love for the psoas and for making this site for us to learn from. Cheers. Jane

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