Over the past 30 years, the average golfer’s handicap has not lowered. Considering all the innovations in equipment, lessons and gadgets to improve the swing, why aren’t those numbers dropping?
It’s not because they aren’t working, it’s because the average golfer is moving less, holding more tension, and unable to focus.
Any fitness professional would tell you that the effective method to to improve the elements required for golf, would be with out a doubt both Pilates and Yoga.
Both methods have been know to improve flexibility, develop core strength, enhance balance, and quiet the mind. Yoga & Pilates exercises have been part of many professional golfers’ routines for years, and have been shown to significantly improve distance and accuracy off the tee, more effective club control, increased concentration, and better rhythm and tempo in the golf swing.
Ironically and unfortunately, both methods are not poplar with men. And most professionals who practice them, do so quietly to avoid the stigma. What I can guarantee is that once you’ve tried them, not only will you have an appreciation for it toughness, but recognize how it’s the most effective method to improve your golf game.
Here is a list of elements that are required for a great golf swing, and the foundation of a Yoga and Pilates program.
Mobility of the Spine & Hips
Core Strength & Support
Body Awareness & Balance
Breathing & Focus
Most of the above elements are not part of a traditional fitness program. In fact most weight training programs do just the opposite and can inhibit performance.
My experience has been that most who give Pilates or Yoga a try see a significant difference not only in their golf game, but also a decrease in “feeling old”. And most men who discover how great this can be tend to keep it a secret. If one of your golf buddies has started working out and it’s improving his game, dig a little deeper. He’s probably doing Pilates or Yoga. If your man enough to check it out, you’ll thank me!
Gina's has been at the forefront of golf fitness for over 15 years. She works with her husband Jason Faubert at The Golf Academy in Burlington Ontario where they teach golfers how to improve their game through both skill, and fitness. Her Pilates & yoga approach has helped golfers overcome injuries, avoid chronic pain, and thrive playing great golf. Her recommendations are backed by the latest research, and the success of her professional golf clients says it all. You can reach Gina and Jason at www.thegolfersacademy.com or twitter @golfersacademy