Tracy’s Transformations: How one simple release helped a keen golfer get back to playing a game that he loves and to reduce his handicap to 9.7!

I didn’t even know I had that restriction…. Now the problem in my back has gone, I’m back playing golf and I’ve reduced my handicap for the first time in very many years’.

This is what Ian said when I bumped into him a couple of weeks after his assessment


When Ian came to see me for an assessment he had already missed 10 weeks of playing golf due to discomfort/lack of mobility in his lower back and hips. With a 10.5 handicap, he was feeling incredibly frustrated, as this was the 2nd time his back had stopped him from playing. There had been no trauma on his back so after the initial history taking we did an assessment.

The Assessment

During a biomechanics assessment joint range is checked (spine, shoulder, pelvis, feet and also nerve tension). We are looking for areas of limited range and also symmetry or assymetry. Sometimes these limits cause us no problems at all, but sometimes improved range or or symmetry can make things feel a whole lot better.

Where a restriction is found, simple exercises are given to release the tight bits.

With Ian we found that a small muscle in his chest(Pec minor) was short on one side…..


The affect on the swing

Pec minor is a little muscle in your chest attaching the top/front of your shoulder blade (coracoid process) to 3rd to 5th rib….. If it’s in spasm or short it can reduce shoulder turn, and follow through, it can alter the swing path, the timing and ultimately affect the distance that your ball will travel. Because the hip and shoulder are linked via fascia(think connective tissue), it’s possible a problem at the chest or shoulder area can affect the hip or lower back. as in Ian’s case.

Recovery Release

After a few weeks back playing and performing the exercises I’d given him, Ian (of the Rayleigh Club) reduced his handicap from 10.5 to 9.7.

Ians Release

Ian had just one session with me, needless to say he was very happy when I next saw him.

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About One Body Coach

Tracy Swindell is a former GB international marathon runner who has trained and competed in a number of sports from a young age. She is passionate about helping people reach their potential and is a strong believer in empowering her clients to understand and care for their own bodies.

Always updating her skills to get the best possible results for her clients, Tracy’s extensive studying covers coaching and movement-based qualifications including intrinsic biomechanics, anatomy in motion, pilates and yoga.

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