We all know that warming up before a golf game is important but sustained stretches prior to a game can actually lead to reduced power of a muscle immediately after the stretch. So how should you be warming up before a golf game?
Pilates is an effective way of releasing tension in the body before a golf game. Exercises such as gentle knee dropouts, combined with lower abdominal and bottom vs knee strengthening exercises can take the pressure off the hip flexor muscles to stop the hip joint getting tight. This in turn will improve your ability to rotate effectively, balance and to bend over to pick up the ball.
Stretching is also good to improve your flexibility, but stretches are best performed after your golf game or at a separate time to when you are actually playing. If your hamstring and calf muscles at the back of your legs are tight, they restrict your ability to bend at your hips, knees and ankles which will increase the pressure on your lower back making it more prone to injury. Improving the mobility in the joints of your lower back can also reduce the likelihood of injury during a game and in many cases will improve your performance as well.
So the most effective way to improve your golf game is to stretch post game or throughout the week when you’re not playing and to combine your stretching with a Pilates program to improve your mobility, strength and core stability.
Pilates appointments can be made by calling reception on 55047000.