Pilates and Yoga (Golf Stretching Exercises) is catching on among professional golfers.
Rich Beem did a lot of Pilates leading up to his win at the 2002 PGA Championship win over Tiger Woods. New York Times reports Tiger does it to. Rocco Mediate ditched the weights and does Pilates to preserve his back.
Randy Myers, who has worked with scores of PGA and LPGA players and is now director of fitness at the Sea Island Resort in Georgia helped develop the Golf Pilates Program at the PGA Resort in Palm Beach Gardens FL. “Bench-pressing 100 pounds 10 times will develop strength, but not the type that has any correspondence whatsoever to how far you hit a golf ball,” In fact short tight muscles hinder your golf swing.
Sean Cochran, Phil Mickelson’s personal trainer, said the Pilates technique (initiating movement from the core) is increasingly being incorporated into the mat and weight-lifting exercise regimes used by elite players— even by Mr. Mickelson.
Camilo Villegas, the studly young Colombian esteemed by PGA Tour groupies for his tight shirts and britches, is also a known Pilatean and endorses Hole in One Pilates.
Dave Phillips, the co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside, Calif., notes that the best golfers have strong, stable lower bodies and flexible, mobile upper bodies. Their swings progress from the lower body to the trunk, the shoulders and lastly the arms. To duplicate that sequence, amateurs usually need the most work on their glutemous muscles and their core. Lacking strength and flexibility in those areas, they compensate by using their arms, which is a primary cause of slicing. Pilates targets the core and develops functional strength needed to play well.
Playing golf may look like a relatively slow-moving activity, but it actually places a lot of strain on the body. Picking up the golf bag; constantly twisting the upper torso and bending to pick up golf balls are all responsible for causing pain in the golfer’s back, shoulders and wrists. In this section we look at the pains associated with an incorrect golf swing and how to improve your swing techniques to prevent further injury.
A complete, full-body workout system that is based upon the method created by Joseph Pilates. Pilates has been proven to improve posture, strengthen the back and abdominal muscles, increase flexibility, prevent stress and back pain, and tone muscles. This unparalleled workout leverages the benefits of traditional Pilates for the areas golfers utilise most and focuses on range of motion, balance, the core (powerhouse), Golf Stretching Exercise and flexibility. With noticeable results, you will feel like a Grand Slam winner both on and off the course.