Have you been trying to figure out how to get more distance on your drive?
Have you tried new clubs? Have you taken some golf lessons but still having trouble with distance?
So, what is missing?
The golf club is the tool used to hit the ball; the lessons are the instruction manual on how to hit the club. The machine that generates the fuel to hit the ball is your body!
It is preconditioning that is the key to performance in any sport. All professional athletes spend hours conditioning themselves to play the game at a competitive level.
Weekend warriors may be different. Are you spending too much time sitting down, using your electronic devices? Is your exercise routine hit or miss?
The Pilates technique of exercise, named after Joseph Pilates(the late 1800s to late 1960s), has been utilized since 1915 ( 102 years!) Pilates combines Martial Arts, Boxing, Yoga, Greek, and Roman Gymnastics. Joseph added deep diaphragmatic breathing during exercise because he had asthma, which was a way to increase his exercise tolerance. He invented all of his own exercise equipment using spring-loaded, moving platforms made of wood. Joseph Pilates, parents, started training Joseph at an early age. As an adult, he was sought out by professional athletes and performers. He had a muscled body ( like Jack LaLanne and the Rock)! Joseph Pilates was amazing because he kept exercising ALL of his life. He was in great physical condition up until the day he died, in his late 80’s. His wife, Clara, a nurse, was in great condition, too. She retired from teaching at Joseph Pilates exercise studio at age 90.
Talk about “Uber Elders”! Wouldn’t you like to live past age 90 in great physical shape?
Imagine being in top physical condition ALL of your life, being able to do the things that you like to do, without pain and disability.!
So is there anything different about the Pilates technique?
All exercise is done in good posture and alignment, training the bones and muscles for sports, including golf.
Why is this important?
Having good posture will prevent injuries and deformities that come with aging. This could mean avoiding joint surgeries and keeping an upright posture.
During the session, all exercises engage the core( belly, back, and pelvic floor), supporting the body throughout the movement. You are taught to engage your core ALL day long; that is your ultimate goal!
Pilates is a moving exercise; you use ALL of your muscles and your body’s weight during the exercises using specific motor patterns. This promotes t dynamic flexibility and strength needed for golf.
So you get tall, commanding upright posture, strong, lean, flexible muscles, and fluid movement.
So what will help you hit the ball further?
Drive through the feet, engage the core, pelvic floor, and pelvic girdle, with strength and flexibility,
Inhale on the backswing, and exhale to hit the ball to get the core to activate more.
THE FORCE FROM YOUR FOOT CONTACT ON THE GROUND, UP INTO THE HIPS/PELVIS WILL TRANSLATE UP THROUGH THE UPPER TORSO TO THE ARMS AND INTO THE CLUB HEAD TO MAKE THE BALL GO FURTHER! ( A DYNAMIC SPIRAL OF FORCE).
Your Pilates instructor, in cooperation with your golf pro, is there to guide you!
What do you do in Pilates, and how does it increase your ability to hit the ball further? See our 1-minute tutorials.
Susan Baver Mann PT DPT
Doctorate of Physical Therapy