Pilates for Golfers
Power, endurance and mobility for peak performance
Golfers who practice Pilates consistently hit the ball farther and straighter, while reducing the risk of injury and back pain.
More than 60% of all recreational golfers will suffer one or more golf related injuries during the course of their playing career. Most of these injuries result from poor mechanics, a lack of flexibility and generally poor golf (physical) conditioning.
Physician and Sports Medicine
Pilates helps you build strength while simultaneously increasing stability, flexibility, balance and core control: all the elements proven to be essential for a great swing.
Strengthen the “core” for a steady swing and stabilized spine
- Minimize risk of lower back injury
- Improve rotation of the torso and shoulder and hip flexibility to create greater
- Increase hamstring flexibility for correct “address”
- Improve leg endurance and strength
- Strengthening upper/lower arm, wrist and hand
- Correct muscular imbalances created by the golf game
From the Core
sport, key movements in golf - particularly when driving or chipping - come from the core. Your core strength allows you to generate sufficient power through the swing to hit the ball further.
Strength alone is not the entire answer. Elastic energy is stored in a stretched muscle. Good flexibility at shoulders, hips and spine will provide more power because the club will act through a greater range of motion. A small improvement in a golfer's shoulder flexibility, for example, can be the difference between a drive from the tee veering into the rough or going straight onto the green.
Pilates addresses the need for excellent rotation around the spine while maintaining stability through the transverse abdominal muscles. The shoulders and arms also need to be stable in order to control a shot - yet sufficiently strong and elastic to deliver power and send the ball 150 metres and more down the fairway. Pilates naturally builds long, lean muscles that are ideal for generating the kind of power we need for long drives.
Dave Phillips, the co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif., notes that the best golfers have strong, stable lower bodies and flexible, mobile upper bodies. Their swings progress from the lower body to the trunk, the shoulders and lastly the arms. To duplicate that sequence, amateurs usually need the most work on their glutemous muscles and their core. Lacking strength and flexibility in those areas, they compensate by using their arms, which is a primary cause of slicing. Pilates targets the core and develops functional strength needed to play well.
“People struggle really hard at golf and don’t get better because they don’t address the physical side,” Mr. Phillips said. “Their bodies just can’t do what a good swing requires them to do.”
experienced the benefits of Pilates include: