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Golf: Mold professional teams up with pilates instructor to help players improve

A GOLF club has teamed up with a pilates instructor to help members really improve their swing.

Mold Golf Club professional Craig Tudor has joined forces with Buckley pilates tutor Lucy Palmer to give players more flexibility and a stronger, better swing.

Pilates, a series of exercises which help to stretch and strengthen your core, has already been utilised by professional golfers like Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam and Craig is hoping it takes off at Mold.

“I have tried it myself while playing in Switzerland,” he said. “And it is not hard to see the benefits it could bring to anyone’s game.

“But it wasn’t until Lucy came along for lessons and we got talking that we realised the potential to benefit members at the club.”

The classes will not only be open to Mold Golf Club members, but Craig will recommend to the players he coaches if he believes trying pilates would be beneficial.

For Lucy, it is an opportunity to apply her skills to the sporting world, something she has always longed to do.

“I was a professional ice dancer for 10 years and used pilates and yoga myself,” said the 38-year-old.

“When I finished competing I toured the world in ice shows before retiring completely.

“I went to work in retail but I couldn’t shake the desire to get involved in sport again. To that end I trained as a fitness instructor and that was when I looked into pilates again, as an instructor.”

Lucy has been practising for two years and says she wants to show how pilates can benefit sport at any level.

“It works to strengthen your abdominals and lower back, through your core and mobilises your spine,” she said.

“A golf swing is broken down into individual movements and pilates is a discipline that makes you focus on individual movements, making it easier to correct or improve a player’s swing.”

Pilates can also help posture issues which can sometimes make a swing difficult, particularly in older players.

It is a pilot scheme at the moment, but there are hopes the classes could be housed in a new indoor facility the golf club intends to build.

“I am not expecting a queue of members initially,” said Craig. “But I expect it will start with the lady members and as their games improve and people see the benefits, it won’t be too long before more start to show an interest.”

Classes will take place at Mold Golf Club between 6pm and 7pm on Monday nights and cost £4 per class.