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40 FALL 2018 | NCGA.ORG I N S T R U C T I O N Fresno's Cindy Vining presents five ways to reduce stress on the lower back PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT KAUFMAN T he nature of the golf swing makes back pain a concern for golfers whether it is Tiger Woods, Jason Day, or Jack Wright of Chowchilla (pictured above at right), who recently competed in the PGA Tour Cham- pions PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee. Cindy Vining, Jake's teacher, under- stands that very well, and during her 13-year career as a teaching professional she has used her background in kinesiology to find a way for golfers of all ages to play better and without back pain. Interestingly, her solution is rooted in how you address the ball – before the swing even begins. Address positions have everything to do with the physical movements that follow. There are five elements in Vining's system, what she calls "The Foundation." They include Knee Flex, Posture, W idth of Stance, Ball Position, and Alignment (to the target). Each is meant to reduce physical stress on the lower back, the area that most bedevils golfers. NO PAIN, ALL GAIN GOLF BY AL BARKOW

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