112 E. Lewis St.
Livingston, MT 59047
406-224-0471



Body by Design

Specializing in Pilates and Golf Fitness

Kinematic Sequence 

Postural Faults: 

Correcting Physical Faults

These are some of the most common faults in a golfer’s swing:

  • Backswing sway
  • Downswing slide 
  • Chicken winging
  • Reverse spine angle or dipping
  • Lower-body lunge
  • Casting
  • Poor swing rotation

Each of these faults has a negative effect on the golf swing and a corresponding physical cause. Assessing each problem and defining its cause will help create a conditioning program of corrective exercises to improve the golf swing and reduce injury.



Services and Pricing: 


~ Golf Screen   

$125 -  Includes a fitness plan for your specific imbalances. 


Go through the Big 12 to assess and patterns of imbalance that may be affecting your golf swing. These screens have been tested and approved through the Titleist institute and have been done on some of the top PGA athletes on the tour today.


~ Golf Fitness (55 minutes) 
$55 an hour

One one one  training activities specifically designed for the imbalances found during your screening. This usually includes exercises for flexibility,  mobility, stability, strength, speed, power, explosiveness, and control. With specific training for your unique composition you can lower your scores and gain more distance no matter what level golfer you are.

Golf and fitness- Two words you might not think belong together.  But golf fitness is important for those golfers who truly want to improve their games, and who want to improve their physical abilities. Because golf fitness means addressing issues of strength, flexibility and balance. Paying attention to golf fitness can improve your scores.
Statistics show more than 60% of all recreational golfers will suffer one or more golf related injuries during the course of their time playing. Most of these injuries result from poor mechanics, a lack of flexibility and generally poor golf ( physical) conditioning.  The most common sites for injury among amateur men are the low back (36%), elbows (32.5%), hands and wrists (21.2%) and shoulders (11%). Amateur women golfers have the greatest occurrence of injuries in the elbows (35.5%), followed by the low back (27.4%), shoulders (16.1%) and hands and wrists (14.5%) (Metz 1999).


You ask "Why Pilates for Golf?"

Golf is a game of asymmetry and multi-directional stresses. Imagine doing an oblique curl to the left 100–130 times with compressive forces eight times your body weight, and you’ll have some sense of the toll that golf can place on a player. Pilates spinal rotation exercises de-rotate spinal imbalance and realign core muscles. Attention to standing alignment and foot placement help stabilize your base support. Allowing better balance during the rotation. 

A Pilates conditioning program assesses performance, lengthens tight muscles, decreases multi-joint tightness and strengthens weaker muscles for  overall power on impact. It will also advance the game, prevent injury and improve general fitness.  


Golf being predominantly a left handed sport played by right handed people. On a right handed golfer, the left side of the body is considered the target side (closest to the ball), whereas the right side is the non-target side. The golf swing is an intricate movement that  uses almost every muscles in the body. The muscles on one side of the body may be doing the exact opposite of the muscles on the other side. So, for your golf swing to be effective, both sides need to be trained for the specific jobs they are being asked to perform. 

For example, in the 1 second it takes to complete the golf swing, the muscles fire in the following pattern for a right-handed golfer:

  • gluteals—left side
  • adductors—left side
  • rectus abdominis—both sides
  • latissimus dorsi—right side
  • obliques—left to right side
  • quadriceps—right side
  • pectorals—right side
  • hamstrings—left side
  • rotator cuff—right side


Pilates to the Rescue!

 Addressing physical limitations through a series of Pilates exercises can help create symmetry and coordination, improve muscular endurance and increase range of motion. Pilates exercises establish coordinated muscle-firing by retraining core muscles, including deep stabilizers, hip flexors and extensors, hip abductors and adductors, and spinal flexors, extensors and rotators.

Both golf and Pilates are mind-body activities that share some of the same basic principles. Golf swing principles are fluid motion, precision, accuracy and power, whereas Pilates principles focus on control, concentration, centering, precision, flow of motion and proper breathing.

A golf pro can help correct a golfer’s technique by altering stance, grip and hip turn ratio. But the underlying fault in any golf swing is in the body itself. The way the ball is hit correlates to physical limitations, such as lack of flexibility, poor rotation, hip instability, general hip or leg weakness, shoulder girdle instability, weakness in the wrists and forearms, and poor core strength. Correcting the swing at the time of the swing will not improve the physical cause. The underlying limitations need to be addressed at their physical source, and the body needs to be retrained in order to improve the swing, prevent injury and increase overall performance.