Sports Medicine: A Back-Saving Golf Swing

The older you get, the more likely you are to injure your spine on the links. Fortunately, you can adjust

"The sky, the sky/ Hands up, hands up high/ Finish high, finish reverse C."

That's what golf pros were teaching back in the 1950s and '60s. The classic swing--big and full, finishing in a perfect "reverse C." Unfortunately, that same classic swing can put your average 50-year-old in the hospital. Top tour players like Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Kite and Fuzzy Zoeller, to name a few, have at one time or another each been sidelined with career-threatening back injuries. Today even younger players like Fred Couples, Peter Jacobsen and Tiger Woods have closeted that backbreaking motion, along with their steel-shafted...

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