Pilates FORE Golf

What Key Ingredient Is Missing?

It seems everyone is seeking that magical new club, ball, or training aid that will help them hit the ball farther and score lower. However, in the past thirty years, even with all the improvements in ball and equipment technology, there has been no change in the average handicap.

Why? One major reason for this is that amateur golfers spend minimal time and energy improving their bodies’ ability to properly move within the golf swing.

Without this key ingredient, a golfer will not only fall short of his potential but will also put himself at high risk for injury.

When attempting to improve their game, golfers spend endless time and money on clubs and lessons without first improving the most efficient tool available to them–their own bodies.

A golf swing involves the whole body and the act of swinging a golf club is an extremely demanding sports activity.

Think about the following:

  • The swing produces many times your body weight in compressive forces on the spine.
  • The swing takes place in approximately one second and many times in a single round.
  • The vast majority of golf injuries are not the result of a single traumatic event, but instead occur as a result of tissue damage sustained over time from misuse, overuse, and improper swing technique.

Almost every joint and muscle in the body is utilized in some capacity during the golf swing. A weakness or deficiency in just one area can greatly reduce you ability to create an efficient swing.

Simply put, if you’re not strong and flexible, your body will suffer and so will your golf game.

One of the greatest misunderstandings of the average player is that speed and power in the golf swing is predominantly generated from the arms. Since the golf swing is such a quick movement, golfers were able to identify only the arm movement and the planes created by the arms and club. This thinking has drastically changed now that the golf swing has been analyzed and dissected using modern technology.

You can’t watch a PGA or LPGA event without the commentators analyzing a player’s swing with the super-slow motion bizhub camera. It is now evident that the arm and club actions are often a final thought in the execution of a golf swing.

However, comparing your swing with the professional player’s swing in an attempt to mimic his/her every movement is not a sensible way to improve your game. The key is to make your body capable of producing the most efficient swing YOU can produce.

It was about here that I started to recognize the elephant in the room! Millions of dollars are spent each year on golf lessons in our country. Even with this large monetary investment, the average golfer has not improved, evidenced by the fact that handicaps have not changed in the past thirty years.

One of the biggest problems (the elephant!) that the common golfer encounters is the inability to achieve and reproduce positions that a golf instructor desires. 

This translates into: The majority of swing faults are actually caused by body faults!

Each joint in your body has a range of motion that is specific to you. And if you haven’t noticed, each of us is different. Some people have great mobility, and some are limited in their range of motion.

If you can’t rotate your shoulders through a full range of motion at rest, how can you move through a full range of motion during the golf swing? Seriously! It just doesn’t make sense to expect you to do so.

The problem is, when learning to hit the ball farther and straighter, many people try to move into positions that aren’t physically possible because of limitations in range of motion.

Not until the body improves to allow for greater range of motion and strength will a golfer be able to attain these positions during the golf swing.

The goal of the Pilates Fore Golf training system is to give you the basics to develop a program specific to your needs. We encourage you to seek the help of a golf professional to incorporate these movements into your program.

In Pilates Fore Golf, we address the major characteristics that need to be trained:

  • mobility
  • stability
  • balance
  • body awareness
  • strength
  • and power

The order in which these specific components are taught is just as important as the components themselves. The correct progression of Pilates method provides the most efficient training and diminishes the risk of injury.

For example: Training for power before you have obtained an adequate amount of mobility increases the risk of injury and results in poor results on the course. Mobility and stability are the essential building blocks for developing a body that is truly fir for the golf swing.

The golf swing is a little one-sided, which can create imbalance in the body. Pilates helps you to swing from the core, not your limbs, and to balance out the body against the forces of the swing. If you strengthen the core, increase your flexibility, build stability in the pelvis and shoulder girdles and balance both sides of the body, it will allow you to hit the ball farther, straighter, and more accurately.

It’s just a fact of golf.

Pilates Fore Golf is for any golfer who wants to avoid injury–improve their physical condition–and hit the ball farther, more accurately, and with more consistency.

If this is a goal and desire of yours, please contact me to schedule a consultation, but be advised, I have limited time and space available.

My email address: thumpologist@gmail.com

…or drop by our studio…

Mind to Motion Pilates Plus, 518 E. White House Canyon Rd (Madera Plaza, across from La Pasada)

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