Golf requires repeating the same essential movements over and over. We all know this is never good for our bodies. Golfers are prone to rotator cuff, elbow, wrist, back, hip and knee injuries. This is especially true if they don’t have sufficient strength or flexibility to swing correctly. Even worse, the twisting and torquing of the body during a golf game can wreak havoc on your muscles and joints. As a result, some muscles become overused and others weaken.
This muscular imbalance can affect the legs, hips, arms, shoulders and lower back. Many golfers are now turning to Pilates to help keep their body in balance. Because Pilates strengthens the core of the body, it can help improve hip rotation, shoulder movement, and back stability. Strengthening the body from the inside out is the most effective way to improve muscular imbalance in golfers. ¹
A stronger and more stable core helps golfers:
And on top of that, a strong core also improves your posture and lessens the pressure on your back and neck, which often leads to acute pain and inflammation. ²
In order to really focus on the areas that are affected by golf, it is advised to strengthen the shoulders (specifically rotator cuff), back and hips. Increasing flexibility and focusing on spine rotation are crucial.
After working with several clients in my studio, I have developed a golf program that has been noticeably improving my clients game. ³
Whether you are a new or experienced golfer, Pilates could be the answer to improving your performance, preventing injury or helping you to recover from an injury. There are a dozens of other health benefits to Pilates practice, so why not try something new?