Pilates For Golf

The golf pro says “try to swing like this or think about this movement” however if your spine and body does not have the flexibility to allow this, you will not easily be able to use the good tips and advice on a practical level.  You can change this with Pilates.

Pilates can help you hit the ball further, straighter and more accurately by strengthening your core and increasing your flexibility.

Major athletes now use Pilates as part of their day-to-day training program. Golf is no exception. Current Golfers who are Pilates fans include Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, Rich Beam, David Duval, Andrew McGee, Carin Koch, Grace Park, …the list goes on. Even the PGA tour website now has a focus on Pilates. Read about it here

The golf swing subjects the lower back to loading patterns that are rapid, complex and intense. The golf swing generates compression loads of more than eight times the body weight.

For example, in the 1 second it takes to complete the golf swing, the muscles fire in the following pattern for a right-handed golfer:

  • Gluteals—left side
  • Adductors—left side
  • Rectus abdominis—both sides
  • Latissimus dorsi—right side
  • Oblique’s—left to right side
  • Quadriceps—right side

Pilates365 can design a Pilates Conditioning Program for you

Pilates exercises work to create muscle balance, flexibility, core alignment and proper spinal mechanics in both amateur and professional golfers. When muscle balance and core alignment are optimal, good motor programming results. Over time, golf swing faults can be corrected by better body mechanics, which also reduce the chance of injury.

Pilates mat and reformer exercises can be used to stretch, strengthen and rotate the golfer’s body. Pilates conditioning creates core alignment and functional strength so that the entire body is integrated when movements are performed. Pilates movements performed correctly and with precision will create new physical patterns for golfers. Which produce more functional movements for the body.

The practice of Pilates builds a flow of motion that lends ease and power to the golf game. Pilates, like golf, brings conscious control and focus to all movements. Only through this kind of centering can great benefits be achieved—both on the golf course and in the activities of daily living.

Pilates can help to improve swing and driving distance as biomechanics are improved.

Pilates teaches the correct muscles to do the right job:

  • Improving rotation and stability of spine – smoother more powerful swing!
  • Increasing power through hips and torso
  • Improving focus and concentration
  • Decreasing fatigue on the golf course as stamina is built up
  • Rebalancing the body
  • Preventing injury caused by muscle imbalance
  • Reducing back pain, post match stiffness and muscle ache