Golf Pro Butch Harmon Does Pilates!

As a certified Mike Wright's Golf Pilates instructor I suspected that Butch Harmon was doing Pilates, but had yet to really see it in the news. Lo and behold, there it was in my Google news alert this morning with a link to the posting.

In a 2006 Wall Street Journal article, reporter John Paul Newport states that even recreational golfers can receive performance benefits from only 10 minutes per day of well executed Pilates exercises! That's right, only 10 minutes per day can improve your golf swing and alleviate back pain.

Professional golfers who do Pilates include Rich Beem, Tiger Woods, David Duval, Annika Sorenstam, Kelli Kuehne, Andrew McGee, Carin Koch, Grace Park and Betsy King. They know that the secret to a strong game without pain is a strong and flexible core.

Mike Wright's Golf Pilates products will help you consistently hit the ball farther and straighter, while reducing the risk of injury and back pain. The golf-conditioning program builds strength while simultaneously increasing stability, flexibility, balance and core control: all the elements proven to be essential for a great swing."

So the next time you visit our lovely island of Providenciales give me a shout and we can improve your game while you're on vacation in the beautiful Caribbean!

My Pilates Audio for Golfers

My fabulous Twitter pal @golferpaul, aka Class A PGA Golf Professional Paul Hobart, recently won my Pilates for Neck & Shoulder Pain audio in a Twitter contest. Here is his feedback, which I just love!

I recently had the opportunity to try Lynda's Pilates program for neck and shoulders, and I was little skeptical. As a PGA Golf Professional, instructor, and competitive player, I figured that my quick pre-round stretches and practice swings were getting me ready to play. I wasn't real sure what "Pilates" was, and what it had to do with my golf game.

2 minutes into the program, I knew that I had found something great. As I listened to Lynda's simple instructions, I worked my way through the movements. I found a few sore spots, and a couple tight areas, but they quickly melted away as I combined the movements, relaxation, and breathing. My entire upper body had a feeling of being released and relaxed into a light and energized state.

After the program ended, (which seemed really fast!) I grabbed a club and began making some swings. I felt an unusual amount of freedom in my swing, and it felt as though the club was actually swinging faster without much effort. Some of the restrictions I have typically felt in my swing had disappeared.

Can't wait to share this with my golf students...

Paul Hobart

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