Golfing is strenuous to the body. The repeated movements required during the game cause pain, overuse and in turn, weakness. Back problems and pains are common in golfers. If your muscles are weak and your body is unbalanced your golf game will suffer. Pilates is fast becoming popular among golfers as a way to improve their game.
Pilates exercises promote balance and strength. It was originally developed as a form of rehabilitation because it focuses on specific muscle recruitment. Pilates can be used to strengthen and condition the specific sets of muscles used in golf.
Pilates can improve a golfer’s game by strengthening the core muscles, correcting the body’s alignment and promoting balance. Drives become more accurate and longer as the core muscles become toned and the body’s posture is improved.
Performing Pilates exercises will also minimize the chance at golf related injuries. Muscles are tender and sore when they are unused and weak. Golfers who perform regular Pilates have toned their core muscles making them flexible, limber and resistant to strain.
Many Pilates studios have developed specific classes for golfers. These classes go through Pilates basics but also focus on those core muscles so important to the game player. Men, women and adolescents are all becoming aware of the benefits of Pilates for golf players.
Pilates for golf can be done on a mat or with Pilates equipment depending on your level of fitness, skill and previous Pilates experience.
Besides toning the body Pilates is known for sharpening the mind, another useful tool in golf. Performing the exercises takes concentration and a focus on the specific muscles and their movements which can also be applied when playing golf.
This is definitely a win/win situation.