I knew that would get your attention. Well, a couple of weeks ago we were preparing to do a segment on KSL’s Studio 5 television program. The plan was to measure the rotation of a client from left to right to see if there was any decreased range of motion. We noticed that our client did not turn to the right as easily or as far as he did to the left. Then we put him in a massage chair (the Sogno Plus) for 15 minutes. After the session was over, I had our client stand up and turn from right to left again. This time his rotation was equal to both sides.
Now, this client is a big golfer. So, I got to tell him that this increase in the range of motion to his right would help his golf swing. How, you may ask? Well, this is how it works…The power that goes into your golf swing is determined not so much by the strength of your muscles as it is by the heigth of your backswing. The higher your backswing, the greater power transfers to your swing and follow through. If you have ever looked at Sergio Garcia’s or Tiger Wood’s swing in slow motion you will see that the club, on the backswing, pretty much goes to 12 o’clock which is directly over the head. For the rest of us, it is not nearly as high as that. That is why they hit the dang ball so far! You can’t get a high backswing if you are inflexible or if you have lousy range of motion. This is where a massage chair comes in.
What I am telling you is that if you sit in your massage chair regularly, particularly before a round of golf, you will find greater flexibility in your muscles and joints which will help you increase the power of your golf swing, which will give you a longer shot. Of course, you still have to be able to hit straight and have a good short game (massage chairs can’t do everything!!) so don’t blame the massge chair if that doesn’t improve.
Dr. Alan Weidner