How can Pilates help your golf game?
Okay, hands up if you have ever had a stiff low back after golf? Many people accept that this goes hand-in-hand with golf. But with some focus on the right deep muscles using good quality Pilates techniques, you can reduce or eliminate this and many other common strains on the body that are associated with golf.
By strengthening these lower abdominal muscles you will take the pressure off the low back and reduce stiffness and pain. It will also allow for improved posture at address.
A long and mobile spine to allows you to rotate further on the back swing without jeapordising your lower body balance and strength. And the more flexibility you have, the more power you can put into your swing.
So what does a stable pelvis have to do with improving your golf swing? You are more inclined to hold your lower body strength when rotating into the back swing and a balanced and stable lower body combined with increased mobility means you can coil more efficiently in your back swing.
Improvements in proprioception will enable you to move your body how you want it to move, giving you control over body.
Without good hip rotation (both internal and external) using correct muscles, you can compensate on your follow through with knees or back causing wear and tear on muscles, and possibly ending up with injuries.
Good muscles engagement and joint mobility will ensure you hit the right positions in the back swing without causing wear and tear on the shoulder joint.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is method of movement taught by qualified instructors that can open up a whole new world of movement to people. It connects your body and mind, teaches correct muscles recruitment and how to activate deep muscles giving you back control over your body. And in doing so can help prevent common strains often associated with golf.
The Pilates for Golfers program is running at Kingston Heath Golf Club and will be launching at more golf clubs in 2018.
In the Pilates for Golfers program you will learn how to properly engage muscles and use them for specific movements that relate directly to the golf swing. Alternatively, contact your local Pilates studio to get started.
Belinda Kranz is a highly qualified Pilates Instructor (APMA) with over 6 years experience working with Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Myotherapists.
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