We all know the science and biomechanics behind the golf game is complex. Playing the game is more than just hitting a ball; it requires a great deal of torque (power) to drive the golf ball down the fairway and a consistent stroke to sink the putt (muscle memory). The “X-factor” was noted in Jim Mclean’s book X-factor Swing and Other Secrets to Power and Distance” over 20 years ago transformed the science behind driving the ball with a powerful swing
Generally, the X-factor is the twisting distance/angle between the lower torso on a static pelvis. Having good X-factor not only decreases your chances of hurting your lower back but also helps you generate more power into the swing which translates to larger distances in your drive.
Golfers of all ages and skills will often compensate for weak hips and poor pelvic mechanics by twisting too far into their lower back, making them susceptible to a herniated disc and disc degeneration. Studies have shown that the lower back can only withstand a small amount of torque before it ruptures.
The true key to a better X-factor isn’t just about abdominal strength, but a fine interplay of the pelvis and hips. Adequate hip rotation and mobility are needed in conjunction with a pelvis that boasts strength/stability.
Rehab and Revive Physical Therapy’s manual therapy techniques can be utilized to recreate natural motions at the pelvic girdle for the right amount of mobility and stability to create a better X-factor.
Another way to increase the X-factor range is the mobilization of the organs in the stomach area. Organs are supposed to move in a specific way when twisting to allow less resistance for a more compact turning radius at the lower back and pelvis. In most cases, as we get older, the natural mobility of the organs is scarred down and limit the rotation at our torso while increasing torque stresses at the lower back.
Having a good X-factor doesn’t translate to a consistent swing, however. Hitting the ball at the right time with the right force comes from an unconscious control fine-tuned by Neuromuscular Re-education (NMR). A good amount of control in all directions will allow the golfer to have mobility and stability at the same time.
Rehab and Revive’s NMR techniques help restore the natural motions of the pelvis that will inherently decrease the stresses to the lower back.
When a better X-factor and control from the Neuromuscular system are combined together, a drive that is powerful and timed perfectly for the right amount of force is produced.
We heal smarter, not harder!
Dr. Justin C. Lin
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