Professional golfers Tiger Woods, Rocco Mediate, David Duval and Annika Sorenstam have all spoken out in interviews to say that pilates has played an integral role in improving their golf swings.
Pilates, one of the fastest-growing fitness systems in the world, consists of over 500 exercises, some done on a machine called a reformer, some that can be done on a mat, and all initiating from the muscles in the abdomen, lower back, hips or buttocks.
Just like golf, pilates is a whole-body workout. The pilates movements are perfect for golfers looking to build endurance, speed and quickness. Golfers that add pilates to their workout routine are seen to consistently hit the ball farther, and straighter, while reducing their risk for injury.
In an article by USA TODAY, PGA Tour pro Rocco Mediate talks about how pilates helps him to strengthen his back and he believes it will prolong his career. He says in the article, “Pilates never compromises your back,” and, “I’ve got more motion in my shoulders, midsection and legs. I can repeat my basic swing more often. Pilates is going to add five, six, seven … years to my career.”
Palm Wellness offers private pilates classes in Tampa for golfers looking to give pilates a try. You should expect to see a difference after just a few weeks of training.
If pilates is good enough for the PGA professional golfers, it should be good enough for you!
Blog postings by Natalie Maddox Rougie, AP, DACM owner of Palm Wellness in Tampa, FL.