Here are a few easy tips to minimize (although certainly not erase!) the strain on your back during your golf game:
- Stretch your hips out regularly: tight hips transfer rotational force into your back.
- Address the ball with knees slightly bent and feet slightly turned out. This will transfer some of the strain to your legs
- Push your clubs rather than pull them. When using a hand held cart, pulling it behind you creates a constant rotational force through the spine. Pushing the cart removes that extra strain on the back
- If you insist on carrying your clubs, use a lightweight, double shoulder strap (back-pack style) type of bag rather than one that crosses the chest and limit the number of extra objects that aren't typically used that are carried in the bag.
- If you use a motorized golf cart, try to stick to the smoothest path as hitting bumps will create a compression force on the backs.
- One last very simple thing to do to decrease back strain in your golf game is to pick up the ball either by kicking one leg out behind you, squatting down or using a ball retriever.