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