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How I Fixed My Swing At The Gym

May 2013
Rickie Fowler

I'm really proud of these pictures. The "good" positions are the result of a fairly intense rehab project I started last fall after hurting my back. I know what some of you are probably thinking: How does a 24-year-old have back problems? Talk to me when you're my age, kid. Well, if you play a lot of golf, a bad swing habit will exact a physical toll no matter your age or fitness level. In my case, I was placing extreme pressure on my lower spine from rotating my hips too much. This is a common cause of bad backs--and bad shots--for golfers of all levels. In addition to resting, I worked with my trainer, Joey Diovisalvi, on strengthening the weaker lower-body muscles that contributed to my overactive hips and back pain. Because I've spent more time fixing my swing at the gym than on the range, I'm confident the results will be lasting.

Rickie Fowler

THE TOP: GOOD

That nice flex in my right knee (see photo) is an indicator that my pelvis has stayed in the same posture it was at address. When my pelvis or hips stay in position like this, they can't rotate as much. That allows me to generate my turn mainly from my shoulders and mid-back. I feel coiled, with about 60 percent of my weight in my right heel.
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