Yoga is one of the easiest ways to restore, improve, and maintain optimal functional movement patterns and maximise golf performance.
Why? Because yoga is ultimately about proper breathing patterns, and high levels of stability, internal strength, muscle endurance, and balance.
The golf swing occurs in approximately two seconds, beginning from a static position, proceeding through the swing, with explosive power at impact. During the swing, the trunk and spine move in three planes of motion, supported by flexibility, balance, and strength. These three foundational components can all be cultivated through a dedicated yoga practice.
Many golfers have restrictions in their bodies that do not allow them to physically contort their bodies the way that our golf instructors want us to swing. By practicing yoga postures and techniques, we are constantly working on our mobility. Flexibility reduces swing faults by loosening up our bodies and in turn producing greater club head speed, while also reducing the risk of injury.
This is the foundation on which we hold our bodies. Working our front and back bodies with yoga postures will help keep spine angle consistent which will in turn produce more consistent swings and ball striking. Going deeper: good posture stems from the center of the body, which then enhances our extension and flexion of arms and legs
Balance is a key component in movement, including yoga and golf. In the golf swing, balance is extremely important from start to finish. At every point in the swing we must remain balanced in order to strike the golf ball consistently and have a strong follow through. Also, because we play golf right or left handed, we often find inconsistencies throughout the body paralleling the amount of swings taken on one singular side. Yoga balances our right and left sides, front and back body, as well as helps to find a strong grounding and balance upon our own two feet.
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