Can Miley Cyrus Improve Your Posture?
Twerking. The term was unknown to responsible adults everywhere. But today, the parents of teenage girls cringe and panic when they hear the word “twerk”. Interest in this bizarre and somewhat suggestive dance move has reached new heights thanks to Miley Cyrus and her shameless grinding during the MTV Video Music Awards that caused the twittervese to erupt. With 306 million tweets per minute discussing her performance, I had to see what all the fuss was about.
It was morbid curiosity, really. Once the obscene movements began, I just couldn’t turn away. I was just about to blame this misguided young performer for singlehandedly ruining the next generation, when it hit me…twerking can help golfers with poor posture!
As a PGA golf professional, I have been helping golfers to improve for nearly 25 years. One of the most common flaws I see in struggling players is their poor posture. They stand vertically with fairly straight legs, then try to bend down with their upper back to reach the ball (seen in photo). This poor position makes it very difficult to turn effectively, and leads to very inconsistent results. The key for golfers with too much spine curve, is to stand up straight, then bend at the hip joint (not with your spine) and add a little knee flex. To straighten the spine angle, the player should protrude the posterior and try to point their belt buckle at the ground. It’s not easy to make this change…but Miley Cyrus may have unlocked the key to this elusive spine position!
After analyzing some twerking photos and videos, I will offer this awkward and somewhat embarrassing advice: The lewd positions of this disgusting dance are helpful to golfers. Twerking will train and strengthen the muscles needed to support and maintain proper golf swing positions.
Word of caution: Parents, do NOT allow your daughters to twerk at parties, weddings or nightclubs. But if those girls (or their parents) need to work on golf posture, find a VERY secluded spot on the driving range, and think of Miley Cyrus.