The golf swing requires co-ordination, rhythm, balance, stability and control and an emphasis on strength and flexibility. Golf and Pilates are therefore very compatible.
Pilates is a form of exercise developed by a German physical trainer, Joseph Pilates, in the early 1900s. He developed the method having experimented with many forms of therapy and exercise to achieve optimum health.
Today the Pilates method is a form of exercise that has been accepted by physiotherapists and the fitness industry as a way of improving core stability, which is the strength and stability of the muscles in the lower back, abdominal region and pelvic floor. It is commonly used as an alternative to gym and weight-training programs to improve strength, flexibility, posture, muscle tone, balance and co-ordination.
There are various ways to perform Pilates exercises. One is with a floor mat and no equipment. Other methods use gym balls, theraband (elastic tubing) and equipment such as a reformer (spring loaded bench) and trapeze table.
The benefits of Pilates for golf include:
Exercises are low impact and suit golfers of all age and fitness levels
Aids prevention of and recovery from injury, especially spinal problems
Improves strength, flexibility, co-ordination, concentration and precision which are key components to good golf
Increases body and postural awareness essential to playing consistent golf
When you as a golfer develop awareness of moving from your core first you will initiate every shot or putt from the same place leading to an increase in repeatable and consistent shot making.
For further information on pilates for golfers, and to seek treatment from golf specific physiotherapists contact The Physio Clinic on 8342 1233 or click below to book online.
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