How To Eliminate Muscle or Joint Pain When Swinging a Golf Club

Change or lighten up the weight on your clubs to ease up on some of that body pain!

Download Hireko CatalogDid you purchase new equipment or have your existing golf clubs altered and all of a sudden have tennis elbow or pain in or around your shoulders?  If so, you might want to consider a change and lighten up on the weight of the golf clubs.

What is the cause of tennis elbow?  The root of the problem is using a racket that is too heavy to swing.  The same thing can occur with a golf club that is too heavy for a golfer.  Other muscles can be affected too that can be strained or worsened over repeated action as there is a lot of centrifugal forces acting upon the arms and body when swinging a golf club.

Avon Grips 2014 LineI confess I like to experiment with golf equipment.  As a matter of fact, it has been more than a decade (maybe much longer) since I went out and played the exact set of clubs or configuration.  I guess that is the hazard of my duties as a technical director at a golf club component company.  Recently I decided to add weight to the heads of my golf irons and golf wedges to make them quasi-MOI matched to my #5-iron rather swingweight matched.  In a nutshell, it makes the clubs have a progressively heavier swingweight (roughly 0.5 point per club) as they become shorter.

While that doesn’t seem like a lot of weight (I think the PW needed 3 swingweights or a little more than 6 grams), it did take its toll on my rotary cuff.  After a couple of rounds of golf and a trip or two to the range, I was experiencing pain I hadn’t had before.  That small amount of weight was compounded as it was located 3 feet from my wrists and another 2 feet from my shoulders.  While I did strike the ball quite well with the added weight it just wasn’t worth the soreness that lingered.  The experiment ended and a lesson learned that I thought I might share with you.



  1. Richard Wheatley says:

    I feel if you do not swing through rather than at it you reduce the chances of tennis elbow. Remember to try and turn through the shot.
    Cold packs on sore joints after play help and significant stretching on all joints not just the arms the day before and prior to play will help.
    Back weighting of your clubs can help as you still feel the weight and momentum but less strike.
    I do still like a heavy steel wedge but now use stiff high quality low torque graphite shafts in my irons.
    I hope this helps.

  2. KC says:

    Now you’ve got me wondering about all my recent aches & pains! After going lighter and longer a # of years ago and watching my ballstriking get worse, I went heavier and also pseudo MOI matched my clubs. The ballstriking definitely improved, but I’ve had elbow pain and most recently shoulder pain getting worse. I attributed this to old age mainly (late 40’s) because it’s still there in the winter and I play almost no golf from Nov thru March, but perhaps the heavy clubs are contributing. I like the idea of MOI matching, but perhaps I’ll try going lighter next season at a lower MOI. Thanks!

  3. Richard Wheatley says:

    I would like to add that worn/shiny or too thin a grip makes you grip too tight. This causes stress in your lower arm muscles.

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