Pilates for a Better Golf Swing

Pilates for a Better Golf Swing

Of the many benefits of practicing Pilates, improved posture and body awareness are two of the most important. While they are beneficial to everyone, improved posture and body awareness can be extraordinarily helpful to golfers. Whether a person plays golf socially or professionally, some of the most common swing faults are rooted in poor posture and body alignment. Poor posture can be death to a golf swing and can lead to poor performance, high scores and, worst of all, injury. Specifically, a golfer suffering from either Kyphosis or Lordosis is at high risk of injury and is most likely not performing to the best of their ability. You’ll often see golfers buying new equipment (clubs or training aids) in an effort to improve... Continue ...

Posted on April 2, 2009 By

Pilates Equipment Exercises to Improve Torso Rotation

Pilates Equipment Exercises to Improve Torso Rotation

Last month we posted an article about using Pilates Mat exercises to help improve torso rotation for golfers. Now we continue to focus on torso rotation but will address the improvements using the Pilates Reformer and Cadillac rather than Mat work. Additionally, we offer these exercises (mat as well) for all clients involved in athletics of any sort. Of course Pilates in an excellent exercise choice for golfers but if you think about it, many other athletes utilize torso rotation. Watch a baseball player throw a ball—they rotate their upper body one way to prepare for the throw then rotate their torso around a stable lower body to bring the ball forward and eventually release it. How far would the ball go if the player... Continue ...

Posted on February 10, 2009 By

Year in Review: 2008 and the Future

Year in Review: 2008 and the Future

Happy New Year to the entire Pilates Digest community!  We are looking forward to an exciting year at Pilates Digest.  Since our launch in 2008, we have had an unbelievable response from our subscribers and contributors. Popular Pilates Articles from 2008 If you are just joining us and you missed 2008, here are some of the most popular articles from last year: Pilates Equipment Foam Roller Fun Pilates and Running Three Simple Exercises for a Better Golf Game Principles of Pilates Pilates for Power in your Golf Game Looking Forward to 2009 We want to hear from you this year.  What was your favorite conference of 2008 and why?  Did you find a workshop that was unbelievable?  Post either events for free in our new Conference... Continue ...

Posted on January 13, 2009 By

Pilates Mat Exercises to Improve Torso Rotation for Golfers

Pilates Mat Exercises to Improve Torso Rotation for Golfers

Many consider golf to be a sport of choice for non-athletes. This really couldn’t be further from the truth. Golf requires a great deal of athleticism which requires both mental and physical strength. In regards to physical ability, a golfer must be well coordinated and strong as well as flexible in many areas to achieve a good, consistent swing. A key physical factor in the golf swing is the ability to rotate the upper body around a stable lower body and vice versa. The ability to do this well will enhance power production by increasing elastic energy, help keep the golf club on the proper swing plane and can also eliminate many different swing faults. So how do you know if your golfer can separate their upper and lower... Continue ...

Posted on January 6, 2009 By

Pilates for Athletic Conditioning

Pilates for Athletic Conditioning

It’s no secret that many celebrities are turning to Pilates for that intimate mind-body connection. But did you know that top-dollar athletes do Pilates too? It’s true! Professionals such as golfers Tiger Woods, David Duval, and Steve Ballesteros, basketball star Jason Kidd, pitcher Curt Schilling, pro hockey player Carlo Colaiacovo, and offensive lineman Ruben Brown among others are turning to this alternate form of exercise for rehabilitation purposes and prevention of sports injuries – and as a result, they’re more agile on the field, flexible on the court, and staying away from the bench more often! “Pilates helps athletes develop core strength, increase flexibility, assist in rehabilitation after injury... Continue ...

Posted on October 16, 2008 By

Pilates for Power in Your Golf Game

Pilates for Power in Your Golf Game

Golfers are a unique breed of athlete. Many go straight from their car to the driving range or the first tee box without any thought about the condition of their bodies. Are they warmed up, are they tight, did they stretch out and get prepared for the work that lies ahead? In most cases the answer is no. This is because they don’t view golf as an athletic pursuit or understand the affect their bodies can have on their games. Well, golf is definitely an athletic endeavor and building muscle and strength in the lower body can help prepare golfers for the rigors of the game. Adding a few extra yards to their drives wouldn’t hurt either. Power in the golf swing is created in a couple different ways. Number one is the golfer’s... Continue ...

Posted on July 16, 2008 By

Three Simple Pilates Exercises for a Better Golf Game

Three Simple Pilates Exercises for a Better Golf Game

All golfers know they need to work on rotation, balance and stability. This is stating the obvious. There are also a handful of exercises that benefit the golfer that might not be so obvious. Of course, we know each golfer has individual needs, as with all athletes, but these three simple Pilates exercises should be a part of every golfer’s routine.  If you are a Pilates instructor and want to know more on how to identify and correct
 golf swing faults using the Pilates Method we have written a manual called Pilates for Golfers. Pelvic Tilt This is actually a warm-up exercise, but great to help create more mobility and coordination in the pelvis, hips and lumbar spine. All of which are important during the golf swing... Continue ...

Posted on March 18, 2008 By