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Golf Pro's Turn To Pilates

24th October 2016

Golf Pro's Turn To Pilates
The PGA Tour is now well under way, with Justin Thomas taking an early lead. Have you ever wondered how they can keep up with their busy schedules and intense training regimes without injury?

Have you ever thought about what sets them aside from your average golfer?

In this article I'm going to let you in on a little secret that will do just that! All professional golfers including Carin Koch, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson practice Pilates!

Why do professional golfers practice Pilates?

A lot of stress is placed on a golfers body as a result of the repetitive nature of twisting the body on a drive, or leaning over to pick up a ball. Some muscles can become weakened and some overused as golf revolves around repeating the same essential movements which over time could create an imbalance.

As a golfer it is very frequent to have imbalances in the hips, legs, shoulders, lower back or arms. As a result of this you could struggle with stamina, accuracy, muscular strains and of course the distance of your drive.

How can Pilates improve your golf game?

Most golf shots rely on the core, Pilates is centered around ensuring the core of the body is strong and flexible. Taking Pilates can improve the range of motion in the shoulders, back stability and hip rotation. All of these benefits are key to being able to stabilize your body and hit more powerful and accurate golf shots.

Pilates is designed to increase flexibility. More spinal mobility and muscular flexibility will lead to a greater rotation. More rotation will make an efficient and more powerful swing.

One of the biggest differences between any professional athlete and your average player is mindset. Elite athletes approach their training and lifestyles with more concentration and determination. Pilates improves concentration, it is one of the founding principles as every movement involves you concentrating on exactly what your body is doing. Improved concentration will allow you to get the most out of your game through better practice and an improved mindset out on the course.

Repetitive overuse means that regular golfers frequently suffer injuries. Pilates can be used to create balance through the abdominal, back muscles, shoulders and hips to prevent such injuries. Having an increased mobility and flexibility through the core will also make your body more resilient to the force being put through it.

Professional golfers that praise Pilates

Why take my word for it that Pilates can improve your game? When Tiger Woods first took the game by storm it was largely down to his physical and mental approach, something which very few could replicate. Tiger has largely credited Pilates for his improved physical and mental approach out on the course. It is a common misconception among amateur players that if they mimic Tiger's technique they will be able to strike the ball in the same manner. In reality Tiger Woods' body has been conditioned over many years to be able to strike the ball like that. Why not give Pilates a shot? What have you got to lose?

Three years ago Andrew 'Beef' Johnston reached a low point in his career, he wasn't undertaking any physical training. Poora Singh took Andrew to the high performance center in Birmingham to introduce him to how athletes train. Through a combination of Pilates and training in the gym he has transformed himself in to a complete and versatile athlete. This has resulted in what can only be described as his break out year as he earned the opportunity to play at the highest level, and in fact won the Open de Espana.

How can I find a Pilates class?

Are you ready to approach your game in a new way?

Finding a class is really easy! All you have to do is visit the Pilates Near You website and search using your location. You will be able to view all of the instructor profiles that are near you and choose one to fit your needs.

After you have found the right class for you you can inquire with any questions you have and the instructors will be more than happy to help you.