By: Eric Underwood / Certified Pilates Instructor
From a biomechanical perspective, the golf swing is a complex and unnatural movement that works the whole body—but not in symmetrical patterning. Addressing physical limitations through a series of Pilates exercises can help create symmetry and coordination, improve muscular endurance and increase range of motion. Pilates exercises establish coordinated muscle-firing by retraining core muscles, including deep stabilizers, hip flexors and
extensors, hip abductors and adductors, and spinal flexors, extensors and rotators.
Both golf and Pilates are mind-body activities that share some of the same basic principles. Golf swing principles are fluid motion, precision, accuracy and power, whereas Pilates principles focus on control, concentration, centering, precision, flow of motion and proper breathing.
A golf pro can help correct a golfer’s technique by altering stance, grip and hip turn ratio. The underlying fault in any golf swing is in the body itself. The way the ball is hit correlates to physical limitations, such as lack of flexibility, poor rotation, hip instability, general hip or leg weakness, shoulder girdle instability, weakness in the wrists and forearms, and poor core strength. Correcting the swing at the time of the swing will not improve the physical cause. The underlying limitations need to be addressed at their physical source, and the body needs to be retrained in order to improve the swing, prevent injury and increase overall performance.
Experience what many Toscana members have taken a part of this season. Grab a golfing buddy and work together in a group Pilates session. The Pilates facility at Toscana can work with up to four Members at a time in an hour session to enhance form, function, and flexibility and have fun at the same time; both in the Pilates studio and out on the greens!