Most of my golfers need this exercise regardless of their ability level. The “Unresisted Wall Reach” is an exercise example to help golfers who struggle with maintaining their spine angle in their backswing.
Spine angle is the angle between the thighs and the back (generally about 110-130°). It is a key factor in enabling you to turn efficiently, and to swing powerfully and consistently, while protecting your back and avoiding back pain and injury.
Remember, as with all postural behavior exercises, it is important that this exercise is performed under the direction of a trained clinician.
Pitcher Burke Badenhop sought out Sandhills Sports Performance to properly train in the off-season. Years of wear and tear pitching in the major leagues had created movement pathologies that he wanted to address.
Chris and Jen Poulin worked through the 2013 off-season with Badenhop to correct his physical asymmetries, which ultimately corrected his posture and helped him feel better.
“Properly feeling certain muscles is an important step in executing good pitching mechanics. For a right handed pitcher this means feeling the arch of the right foot contacting the rubber and being able to push off with the right sequence can mean a big difference to any pitcher,” says Poulin.
“I felt that I needed a different approach to my off season training, one that emphasized restoring a better body position to allow me to throw the baseball
more efficiently,” Badenhop says. “Chris and Jen are a great Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist team and I would recommend any professional or amateur athlete looking for improved performance and longevity in their sport to check them out.”