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with Dr. Kevin Neal
Physical Aspects of Golf - Introduction

Physical Aspects of Golf - Introduction

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Dr. Kevin Neal is a dual board certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician. He has authored several journal articles as well as a book chapter on the treatment of common pain generators. Dr. Neal currently serves as an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. His opinions and advice are his own and do not represent that of his employer. 


Dr. Neal is passionate about helping his patients live how they want. In golf, this includes understanding and analyzing individual anatomy, physiology, swing characteristics and medical limitations to help people play golf better, for longer. In his free time, Dr. Neal is an avid golfer himself and enjoys learning about the history and architecture of the game.



  1. Every swing is different

  2. Optimize potential

  3. Anatomy and physiology of golf swing

  4. What you bring to your golf swing

  5. What you develop through golf 

  6.  Issues you might run into

  7.  How to prepare and recover

  8.  High-yield tips


Anatomy and Physiology of the Golf Swing

  1. Anatomy is what builds your golf swing

  2. Alternating joints between mobile and immobile ones

  3. Utilize the proper capabilities of each joint

  4.  #1 cause of golf injury is incorrect stress on incorrect joints

  5.  Lack of mobility in spine makes it difficult to get into postures

  6.  Keys for building a swing

  7.  If muscles are weak then joints may need to take stress

  8.  Compensations occur at levels above and below the joint

  9.  Kinematic sequence


What You Bring to Your Golf Swing

  1. Each person’s anatomy dictates their swing

  2. Model a pro with similar anatomy

  3. Identify weaknesses or restrictions

  4. Lower Cross Syndrome 

  5. Upper Cross Syndrome

  6.  Flat Back Syndrome


What You Develop During Golf and Possible Issues

  1. Setup

  2. Backswing

  3. Downswing

  4. Kinematic sequence

  5.  S-Posture

  6.  Early extension

  7. C-Posture 

  8.  Flat Shoulder Plane

  9.  Club fitting


High-Yield Tips to Optimize Health

  1. Warmup

  2. Hydration

  3. Nutrition

  4.  Golf carts

  5.  Practice

  6.  Exercise to improve golf - Yoga

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