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Friday, 18 November 2016 06:10

Golf Swing - how Pilates is your secret weapon

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How is your Golf Swing? If your anything like our local pro's, it's an ongoing skills that can take years to perfect and finesse and you never really stop learning. Did you know, the biggest movement in your golf swing happens in the rotational plane, however the majority of us with our sedentary desk lives have very limited rotation (and no it doesn't just suddenly appear once you hit the green). Improving your rotation just a fraction can lead to dramatic improvements on the golf course.

How does Pilates help your Golf Swing?

So, we wanted to fill all you golfing enthusiast in on a secret weapon that you may very well be missing out on, yep you guessed it, Pilates! A few months ago I decided to do some specific research to help one of my clients to improve her golf swing and technique through Pilates. I quickly realized that golf is such a complicated sport!! After struggling between Youtube videos and articles from all sorts of websites, I decided to contact my client’s golf coach Barry Bent from Woolooware Golf Club… I couldn’t have taken a better decision! Combining Barry’s exceptional experience in the golf world with my technical support from a physio and Pilates point of view, we have developed a great Pilates program specific for golf lovers.

Spinal Rotation

Considering the crucial importance of the spine rotation during the golf swing, Pilates can be extremely effective to strengthen the transverse abdominis (lower tummy muscle), responsible to give you the stability, but also your obliques, responsible for the actual rotational component. By starting in a “non-familiar” environment, that means in a position that is different from your golf swing (e.g. lying on your back or seated on the mat), at BPS we can help your mind and body to develop more efficient rotation strategies, isolating specific muscles through specific verbal and tactile cueing. Once you mastered these new movement strategies, we then transfer them to a more “familiar” environment, or rather a position that is more similar to your golf swing, so your brain can strengthen the new strategy, therefore, with practice and repetition, improve the performance. A great progression to work on your spine rotation would be to start with oblique chest lifts lying on the mat, progress with crisscross, then move into a seated half roll down with the twist, and finish with spinal rotation in golf stance.

Hip disassociation and lumbo-pelvic stability

When I first approached to golf I thought “Great, pelvis stays still and spine rotates over the pelvis”, but I quickly realized that it’s not! During your golf swing, your pelvis is actually moving in such a complex way to allow the forces to be efficiently transmitted to the club and then to the ball. Through the expert guidance of your Pilates instructor, at BPS you will learn how to disassociate your hips from your pelvis but at the same time how to stabilize your hips to avoid injuries on your lower back, SIJs or hips. The ultimate goal is to create a stable base of support, with an equally flexible and strong structure on top of it. And here comes the term Tensegrity, a concept of muscular-skeletal relationships based on the work of architect Buckminster Fuller. It refers to the forces of tension (provided by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) pulling on structure (bones and joints) that help keep the body both stable and efficient in mass and movement. Stability and efficiency, essential tools in almost all sports!

As part of our BPS mission, we use our knowledge and expertise to provide a clear, individualized and functional program to our customers, that encourage them to achieve their goals.

If you are interested in knowing more about how Pilates can help you improving your golf technique, don’t hesitate to call our studio 85441757 or email us for any enquires at info@bpstensegrity.com. Alternatively, book your initial consultation online now!

Golf Swing - how Pilates is your secret weapon

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