Golf Swing Exercises for Tennis Elbow

Poor golf swing mechanics may lead to tennis elbow.
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Sorry, golfers, but tennis elbow isn’t just for tennis players. A variety of repetitive motions, including swinging a golf club, can strain the muscles or tear the tendons near your elbow, causing pain throughout your arm. If you’re suffering from arm pain, put down your clubs and go see your doctor for a cure. If you feel fine, but you’re looking for an ounce of prevention, perform some elbow exercises to keep your golf swing in good shape.

Wrist Pronation and Supination Exercises

Step 1

Grasp a small hand weight of approximately 1 pound.

Step 2

Place your forearm on a table in front of you with your hand lying pinky-side down on the surface.

Step 3

Rotate your forearm and pronate your wrist. If you’re right-handed, you’ll roll your wrist to the left approximately 90 degrees. Hold the position for two seconds, then repeat the movement. Perform three sets of 10 repetitions with each hand and try to work up to five sets. If you can, work up to a 5-pound weight.

Step 4

Return to the starting position after you’ve completed the pronation exercises, then begin again, but this time supinate your wrist by moving it in the opposite direction.

Molded Grips

Step 1

Take some old clubs you’re not using anymore to a pro shop to be re-gripped. If you don’t have any old clubs, purchase some used clubs for practice, or find some at garage sales. Have the pro shop install form-fitting molded grips on your practice clubs.

Step 2

Take the re-gripped clubs to the driving range and use them for all your practice sessions. The molded grips help remove any tension from your hands that may help cause tennis elbow. Remember, however, that molded grips aren’t permitted for actual play under the Rules of Golf.

Step 3

Try to replicate the more relaxed grip that you're employing at the range when you tee up for real with your standard clubs.

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