A good golf swing isn’t easy to master. It requires proper mechanics and a solid swing plane. Beyond practicing golfing techniques over and over, a golf swing requires strength, flexibility, and a strong core, all of which can be attained with Pilates. If you’ve been playing golf for some time, but lately you just seem stuck in a rut, Firehaus Pilates can help!
Take your game from just “par” to green blazer worthy with the following six reasons Pilates will improve your golf game:
1. Pilates helps relieve back pain
Back pain is a fairly common complaint, particularly among golfers. If you lack strong core muscles and are using more of your back muscles when swinging, you could hurt yourself quite badly when twisting. It’s important to twist with your abs on a swing, because a quick movement with your back can easily pull a muscle, especially around your spine. Alleviate back pain and prevent back injuries with Pilates, as it strengthens your ab muscles and improves your swing.
2. Pilates improves rib cage mobility
When you take that long drive across on the first green it’s important you extend your chest on the follow through. Many golfers are limited by the short range of motion especially along the sides of their rib cage. This directly impacts your back-swing, which is going to drastically limit the distance of your drive. Improve your flexibility and rib cage mobility with Pilates exercises.
3. Pilates enhances shoulder stability
Strengthening your shoulder muscles will aid in your swinging stability, which is going to help keep your shots on the green, help you generate more power, and also help you get that solid line drive so many golfers struggle with. Golf is a precision sport and shaky shoulders are a killer when you’re trying to hit a golf ball.
4. Pilates also helps stabilize your trunk during power shots
Truck stability will help you generate power on each shot, but it also lets you focus more on your swing. Regular Pilates exercises can help you get a confident and controlled swing. This is especially important while putting, as a strong trunk will allow you to line-up on a perfect 100-yard put.
5. Maximize your core strength with Pilates
Core strength is essential in any golf swing; it helps your balance as well as gives you the power and control you desire. If you’ve experienced back problems, this is a great way to help relieve some of that stress you may be experiencing. If you struggle with a poor swing rotation this is a great way to not only improve your swing, but also to help prevent injuries.
6. Body awareness
With all of your attention on the ball it’s sometimes easy to forget about the rest. Be aware of your surroundings and make your golfing stance as easy as stepping up to the tee.