Pilates For Golfers

Written by Nuala Coombs on September 20, 2021
Book cover Pilates & Golf

Why Pilates For Golfers?

Golf is a mind & body sport.  Concentration, strength, flexibility, mobility, and power are all essential components.  The stress on the spine and supporting structure are huge.  When the body is out of balance the risk of injury intensifies. Pilates for Golfers is the answer.

The Mechanics of Your Golf Swing

During your golf swing your body acts like a whip.  Power production begins at the feet, pushing against the ground, it travels up the legs to drive the hips forward.  Force is transferred through the trunk to the chest upper back and arms.  If any part of the chain is weak or stiff power is lost. Your body will have to compensate along the links of the chain, resulting not only in loss of power but increasing injury risk. Pilates for Golfers will improve any imbalance.

Proper Sequencing - Your Golf Swing:

Your golf swing demands a strong, flexible, coordinated and balanced body.  It's a physically demanding full-body sport. With specific training, injuries will be avoided and improvements made to the quality of your performance.  Even if you hire a professional golf coach to work on your technique, if your body is not capable of performing the drills because of stiffness, lack of core strength, or mobility problems progress will be slow, at worse may never happen.

To obtain proper sequencing of the Swing Action you will need:

Strong leg, thigh, and hip muscles to generate driving power:

These lower body forces must be transferred through a well-conditioned mid-section to the upper body

Strong chest, back, and shoulder muscles:

Allow for a greater acceleration of the club whilst maintaining control through effective arms and forearms

It's clear, a perfectly executed golf swing needs overall body strength, flexibility, and coordination.

Pilates for Golfers uses Pilates Principles to help achieve your Golfing goals

Concentration, the ability to focus throughout the swing improves skill and power

Centering, efficient use of core muscles to stabilise hips and shoulders improves power through the hips to increase the length of Tee and Fairway shots.

Precision, the repetitive nature of golf demands consistency, working with this Pilates Principle in mind consistent quality performance will be developed.

Flowing Movement will help you to "feel" the swing as opposed to just hitting the ball

Breath, in addition to keeping you fresh and alert throughout your game, learning to use a full breath will increase the power and endurance of a shot.  It will also help to create a smooth swing.

Routine, if you can replicate an effective swing pattern, consistency, and accuracy, the key to a great game of golf will be yours.  The Pilates system of exercise is designed to help you work with focus when performing each movement every time eventually resulting in body awareness becoming automatic.

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Professional Pilates Equipment

Pilates Programming:  when you decide to add Pilates to your golf practice, here at the Studio in La Garde Freinet ( just opposite Bar du Soleil) you'll work with both the professional Pilates equipment as well as floor exercises, the combination of the two systems offer a complete workout whether you're new to exercise or a regular fitness practitioner.

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In Conclusion

Pilates for golfers

To develop your best Golf Swing sequence you need to:

  • Improve your overall posture
  • Develop an efficient core
  • Strengthen your upper and lower body
  • Work on improved mobility and flexibility
  • Breathe through the sequence

Contact me should you have questions or need an appointment I am here all year.

Tel:  06 73 99 37 85  email:  Nuala@nualacoombspilates.com

Happy Golfing.......

Nuala Coombs
Pilates For You
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