The golf swing is a complex, asymmetrical, full body movement which can be divided into four phases:
3. Acceleration through impact
Golf stresses the body in unique ways that can lead to acute and chronic injuries. For most right handed golfers, the left leading side of the body is more commonly affected and injured than the right or trailing side and vice versa. Golf pilates can minimize golf-related injuries by using the Pilates method of breathing, centering, concentration, control and fluidity.
How would Pilates help improve your Golf swing?
Pilates improves concentration, focuses on stability, teaches you to breathe correctly, improves "muscle recruitment", produces improved quality and increased efficiency in movement, and balances both sides of the body. All of these help give you great amount of focus for your Golf game, balance in your golf swing, efficient backswing, downswing, and follow-through, also train the body to use the right muscles to do the job to use no more than is needed to limit any injuries.
Golf Pilates helps to lengthen and strengthen muscles while focusing on core strength. Pilates trains the body and mind to work for overall fitness, to build strength without bulking up, to reshape the body using correct biomechanics and alignment principles, and to employ mental focus and precise movement. Golf Pilates training develops the physical skills needed to help golfers hit the ball farther, straighter, and more accurately.
6 Pilates Principles to Improve Your Golf Swing
While Pilates exercise has been around since the First World War, it has only recently become popular in the golfing world. One reason why the Pilates method is so perfectly suited to golf fitness has to do with the theoretical principles behind the exercises.
1. Breathing (mobility, core stability/rotation & dynamic posture, cardiovascular fitness)
By learning to inhale and exhale fully as you practice Pilates, you will facilitate breathing. The better you breathe the more oxygen gets pumped around in your bloodstream and the easier it is to engage in cardiovascular activities.
2. Centering (stability, balance/static posture, power, mobility/flexibility)
The center core (proximal) activates before the movement (distal) of the arms or legs. Proximal stability must occur before distal activation. In each Pilates exercise you are aware of the primacy of this center core and it becomes ever easier to engage these muscles.
3. Concentration (focus, power, coordination)
By performing Pilates movements with concentration and focus, you train your attention. In Pilates we are mindful of the quality of movement rather than the quantity. This idea is the mind-body connection at work. The hierarchy of movement is: attention, intention, breath and movement initiation.
4. Control (balance, core stability, posture, power)
In Pilates we use control to mean both muscle (body) and mental (mind) control. Control is a learned skill. You cannot force control with effort, but rather consistent attention and practice. Does your body respond the way you want it to while exercising. Practicing control of any coordinated movement will translate to your everyday life.
5. Fluidity (flexibility/mobility, rotation, dynamic posture, coordination)
Each Pilates exercise is coordinated with breath, rhythm, and tempo. Each exercise has a flow and sequence using only as much energy as necessary to produce the maximum or minimum energy or force. This is efficienct, flowing, rhythmic movement that will transfer to your everyday life.
There is a specific body alignment for each Pilates exercise. Correct alignment in the body during Pilates allows for efficient movement, placing minimal stress on joints, ligaments and muscle tissue to help avoid injury.
These Pilates principles offer precise movement skills which when performed repeatedly and consistently with rhythm and tempo controlled via the breath and will of the mind will lead to greater strength, stability, and flexibility.
AS A COURTESY TO OUR INSTRUCTORS, WE HAVE A 24-HOUR CANCELLATION POLICY. A LATE CANCEL OR ABSENT SESSION WILL BE CHARGED FULL PRICE OF THE SESSION.