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Pilates for Golfers
If you are a golfer and are looking for an activity to improve your golf game Pilates may be the perfect fitness program for you. Over the past few years golfers have been utilizing Pilates as an off season and cross-training activity to increase performance, stamina and stability on the course
According to USA Today golfers have adapted to Pilates the fastest out of all the professional athletes. Practicing Pilates helps correct muscular imbalances in the body, strengthen the core, increase flexibility, and build stability in the pelvis and shoulders, all of which will allow the golfer to hit it farther, straighter and more accurately.
Pilates helps strengthen the core muscles, which is instrumental in the golf game. A strong core allows the golfer to set up to the ball correctly and efficiently without pain in the back or hamstrings. The correct set up allows for the chance to swing correctly. With a stronger core and a more accurate swing, more power is generated from the ground up, which will lead to an increase in club head speed.
Overall, Pilates is a key component to athletic conditioning because it focuses on the deeper muscle groups, called local stabilizers. These stabilizers are instrumental in controlling joint movement and in sustaining the stability of the joints that can often be damaged through repetitive motion, rotation and demanding training.
Golf and Pilates share the same basic principles, requiring flexibility, rotation and core strength. For golfers that are looking to stay healthy, fit, and active Pilates is the perfect golfing partner.
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