Sports Pilates for Golf
Hit the ball further, straighter and more accurately with less chance of injury…
Whether twisting the body on a drive, squatting down to measure a putt or leaning over to pick up a ball, golfers constantly torquing their bodies. Golf also requires repeating the same essential movements. As a result some muscles become overused and others weaken, causing an imbalance, resulting in the number one injury in golf, a back injuries and pain. Over 85% of golfers will experience back pain whilst playing golf.
For a golfer, muscle imbalances can affect the legs, hips, arms, shoulders, and the lower back. It can also affect your game, particularly for those over the age of 50. Your drives may be shorter and less accurate, your stamina may decrease, and the potential for debilitating strains, pulls and tears becomes much higher.
Many golfers – from weekend warriors to the game’s elite like Tiger Woods, Rich Beem and Annika Sorenstam – are now turning to Pilates as an essential training tool that keeps the body in balance and actually improves performance.
Pilates is based on movement from the center of the body, as are most shots in golf. It strengthens the center of the body, also known as the core (the trunk, shoulder girdles and pelvis). Core strength can improve hip rotation, range of motion in the shoulders and back stability leading to more powerful and accurate golf shots. It is also a full body exercise that works all muscles and is easy on the joints. The end result is a flexible, symmetrically muscled body that is strengthened from the inside out.
Pilates helps you:
- Build up the back muscles evenly
- Elongate and align the spine for better stability
- Strengthen the abdominals
- Increase overall flexibility, strength, and balance
- Increase range of motion in hips and shoulders
- Enhance concentration through focused breathing
A stronger and more stable core helps golfers:
- Attain an optimal backswing and follow-through with increased range of motion in shoulders
- Get more distance and power because of added hip and torso flexibility
- Have a stronger and bigger hip turn for greater power through rotation
- Create a smoother and more powerful swing due to evenly conditioned back muscles
- Maximize balance and alignment while rotating
- Decrease fatigue because of less strain on the body
- Hold a body position long enough to play through a shot
- Play without pain!
Sports Pilates at YOUR Golf Club?
Would you/your members be interested in attending a weekly daytime Sports Pilates class, usually lasing around 50 minutes? The only equipment needed is a Pilates/Yoga mat (cost around £10)
Classes can be mixed or just male or female
Class size usually 15-20
Additional activity to help retain membership due to lower injuries and less lower back discomfort
Additional revenue at quieter times for the club
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This is what current golf players say about Golf Specific Pilates……
Testimonials from current Pilates Golf players…..
‘Pilates has made a noticeable difference to my golf, mainly giving me the ability to play more often. Most of us mature golfers resort to Electric trolleys so when “carry only” comes into play a lot of us don’t play due to the physical effort required, just carrying once and my back neck and shoulder would be in bits next day. Over the last 3 weeks I have carried 8 times with a little sore and stiffness but easily coped with so what’s changed, ‘Pilates’ which I started 4 weeks ago, now this isn’t going to be the miracle cure for everyone but its certainly worked for me, I must add I’ve always done simple stretching exercises 2/3 times a week for the past 5 years. When I started the Pilate’s I decided to do it every day at home sometimes twice only taking 10/15 mins per session this clearly has paid off. The other noticeable thing about my golf is my game itself, being a 8 h/cap some 20yrs ago and now14h/cap not only have I noticed being able to turn better on the back swing and getting through the ball better and follow through “memories”. It gets better my average score over my last 17 games is 37 pts which shows consistency. All I can say is try it what you got to loose. PS. I’m 72 yrs old this march.’ Mr R
‘It is a great way of getting fit and ready for the golfing season. It’s done so you can go at your own pace and increase it as and when you are ready. Im Looking at being stronger and more toned for the summer when the golf season starts’ Mrs B
‘As a member I have attended all the Pilates classes so far, and also as someone who has never done this form of exercise before,I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of coming along ,to try it. It is a very gentle form of strengthening and stretching, and you can do as much or as little as you wish, ideal for the slightly more mature person. The instructor takes the class at a very easy pace matching it to everyone’s capabilities.’ Mr G
*Monday 1.45pm @ Maxstoke Golf Club, Coleshill (restarting Sept 18)
*Tuesday 9.30am @ Fulford Heath Golf Club, Wythall
*Friday 9.15am @ Drayton Golf Club (next to Drayton Manor Park) (restarting Autumn 18)
** Moseley Golf Club coming online Autumn 18