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Does Golf’s ‘X-factor’ Swing cause Back Injuries?

6 April 2019
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Golf chiropractor Shane Lawlor discusses the ‘X-factor’ swing, favoured by players like Rory McIlroy, and the importance of strength and conditioning.

Harder, better, faster, stronger.

Professional golfers are hitting the ball further and swinging the club with more force than ever before.

Advancements in club and ball technology, along with improved strength and conditioning training, have helped players smash driving distance records, forcing designers, particularly in the United States, to lengthen their courses.

Whether the arms race is good for the sport is up for debate. Another important discussion, however, is whether it’s good for the players.

A study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine in February 2019 claimed the modern ‘X-factor’ swing – designed to increase distance – can cause back injuries.

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