There is no one way to swing a golf club, however, there is one way for you based on your body mechanics. Titleist Performance Institute has consulted golf pro's, physical therapists, and doctors to come up with the "Big 10". These simple tests help to flush out any mechanical imbalances that might hinder your golf game. Below are a list of the most common faults in a golfers swing....
- Backswing Sway
- Downswing Slide
- Chicken Winging
- Reverse Spine Angle or Dipping
- Lower Body Lunge
- Poor Swing Rotation
All these can cause a loss of power, creating shorter drives, and in some cases injury. 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.
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).