What Pilates Golf Training Can Do For You
Pilates specialized golf exercises were designed to help incorporate the feeling of Pilates exercises into the golf swing. These exercises will help you get the feel of the correct golf swing. The only way you will truly improve is to modify your movement patterns in your swing. These exercises will not only help you stretch and strengthen in a golf specific manner, but will train you to actually move your body differently and swing the golf club better.
Pilates training gives golfers the best combination possible of both strength and flexibility training. Many of the Pilates exercises directly mimic what a golfer must do with his arms, wrists, hands, and torso during the golf swing. It works for golfers of all ages and fitness levels, and it helps people get better faster. You can get your game to a level that you never thought you could achieve!
Pilates Develop Core Strength
Good posture that goes beyond the “look” of being aligned requires core strength. Having core strength means that all of the muscles of the trunk of your body are strong, flexible, and working together to support and stabilize the spine. Core strength is deeper than the big surface muscles that we are used to thinking of as those of the trunk of the body, like the rectus abdominis, the infamous 6-pack abs muscle or the beautiful big muscles of the back, like the lattisimus dorsi, popularly called “the lats.” The core muscles include the muscles that are below the surface musculature. So while many forms of exercise focus on strengthening the big surface muscles, Pilates train the body so that all of the core muscles work together to support and stabilize the back. And it is essential for back health. Some of these less obvious but very important core muscles are the muscles of the pelvic floor; the psoas, which play a huge role in keeping us upright and in hip bending; the transversospinalis, which are small muscles that weave along the spine; and the transverse and oblique abdominal muscles. The diaphragm, our prime breathing muscle, is right in the middle of the core. All of these muscles play crucial roles in the support and stability of the spine.
With Pilates Training, You Will:
- Play more consistently
- Hit the ball farther and straighter
- Play injury-free
- Enjoy the game more
- Increase and strengthen your hip and shoulder turn
- Improve the rotation of your arms
- Strengthen your wrists and forearms
- Improve your cardiovascular fitness
- Increase flexibility and strength to help maintain your balance and create stability with the ground during the swing
- Learn proper lower body movement, with correct foot and ankle movement, and proper weight shift
- Improve your hip turn with rotational motions
- Loosen and strengthen your lower back with rocking motions
- Get the proper weight shift on the swing with side to side movement exercises.
Benefits For The Spine
The proper rotation of the spine is integral to a good golf swing. It provides much of the power that is generated during the golf swing. A good golf swing puts tremendous physical demands on the whole body, but the spine is especially vulnerable. Back problems plague all levels of golfers from the novice to the professional. Pilates spinal movement prepares the golfer for bending over from the hips in the address position with ease. Torso rotation exercises train the muscles of the torso to rotate with precise power and speed. The exercises also loosen and strengthen the whole spine from top to bottom, preparing it to be able to respond to the demands placed on it during the golf swing.
Benefits For The Shoulders and Arms
The arm exercises help loosen and strengthen the shoulder girdle allowing greater arm rotation, an important component of the golf swing. The majority of golfers tend to be weak and inflexible in their upper back area and the shoulders. Pilates exercises are specific to resolving these issues by opening up and strengthening this area. In addition, we focus on specific exercises that strengthen and properly align the wrist for the cocking phase of the swing.
Benefits For The Hips And Legs
Strong and flexible legs are important aspects in a good golf swing. Most golfers find the coordination of the lower and upper body movements challenging. Correct power generation in the golf swing requires that the legs provide the activity necessary for the rotation of the spine in both the forward and the back swing. The Pilates® exercises help you gain the flexibility needed in the hips and legs to attain the proper positioning in all aspects of the swing. For example, tight hamstrings make achieving the correct set up position difficult to attain. To correct this problem we would focus on Pilates exercises designed to increase flexibility in the hamstrings. The leg exercises also help you to achieve better balance, generate more power, and attain the proper alignment in all aspects the swing.
Benefits For The Abdominals
Strength in the midsection of the body is monumental for a good golf swing. Pilates abdominal exercises create the strength and stability needed to stabilize the pelvis and helps to move the upper body and lower body together.
Simply put it is the finest exercise system out there for golfers!
It’s never too late to start.