99% of golfers come to me because they have heard Pilates will help them hit the ball farther. And let’s face it, most golfers – guys AND gals – get a thrill from driving down the fairway ahead of their foresome!
No More Back Pain, a Pilates-based golf conditioning program, can quickly increase yardage, sometimes in as little as a few days. But the surprising result for my clients is how applying Pilates techniques to the golf swing will also help putting. Here’s how.
Joseph Pilates believed all movement originates in the true core. Not the 6-pack abs, but the deep muscles buried beneath the larger outer muscles of the torso. These “stabilizers” do just that. When the Transverse Abdominus, Psoas, Glutes, and other muscles of the trunk are strong, they stabilize the pelvis and hips. And as you’ve read in all the magazines, for putting you need to be stable or “quiet” in the low body.
Interestingly, sit ups and crunches do not strengthen the true core. Simply pulling your navel “up and in” toward your spine, engages or shortens the core muscles. Joseph Pilates believed that to be efficient, all movement is initiated in the core muscles.
We use the Hole In One Pilates DVD which shows how to apply Pilates principles to the golf swing, starting with putting. You can get more information at www.holeinonepilates.com.
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