What is C-Posture in a Golfer?

C-Posture occurs when the shoulders and thoracic spine are slumped forward and there is a definitive roundness to the back from the tail-bone to the back of the neck. This posture can limit the player’s ability to rotate by dramatically reducing thoracic spine mobility. If the player fails to keep the back-swing short, they will find it difficult to maintain their posture as they swing the club back.

Any excessive rounding of the upper back or thoracic spine in a golfer is termed “C-Posture”. This posture can simply be the result of a poor set up position and can be corrected by physically adjusting the posture to a more neutral spine. However, the majority of C-Postures are caused by a series of muscle imbalances and joint restrictions that are developed over many years.

Physical Causes of C-Posture:

The most significant joint restriction seen in C-Posture is the lack of thoracic spine extension (limited backward bend or arching of the upper back). This can make it almost impossible to eliminate the C-Posture. Lack of thoracic spine extension can lead to a severe loss of spinal rotation, which in turn will limit the ability to create a good back-swing turn.

For many players, simply telling themselves to stop rounding their shoulders or try to straighten their spine will not make a significant change and can actually be detrimental to their golf swing. Actually, most of the research shows that if your C-Posture or S-Posture is a result of muscle and joint imbalances, the only way to correct the “S” or “C” posture for good is to address these limitations in the gym or with a healthcare professional, such as a Physiotherapist.

C-Posture is best confirmed by screening the player. So if you think you may have an C-Posture then come and see Bonnie (TPI certified) at Bend + Mend in Sydney’s CBD for a Golf Physiotherapy Assessment and TPI screening.

Bonnie Broomfield

About Bonnie Broomfield

Bonnie graduated in 2013 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Masters of Physiotherapy. Born and raised in Sydney, she loves her sport, particularly Netball, and is always keen to try new sports and other outdoor activities - her latest being Golf with her Golf Pro fiancé. Bonnie has a special interest in Women's Health and has completed post graduate courses through the Women's Health Training Associates (WHTA). Bonnie has also progressed her learning and skills with courses in Clinical Pilates, including Matwork, Equipment and Pre and Post Natal Pilates, Titleist Performance Institute Certification Level 1, Sports Level 1 and Dry Needling. She is passionate about helping people get back in control of their own bodies and reach their goals through using both manual therapy techniques and exercise.

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