Phil can do it and so can you - COPIED

By Golf Fitness MagazineMarch 10, 2009, 4:00 pm

After shedding a few unwanted pounds, Phil Mickelson went on to shed the title of the best golfer in the world not to have won a major when he captured the 2004 Masters. But after a few years, Mickelson, who readily admits he regularly indulged in fried food and let his fitness regimen slide, recommitted himself to fitness and a healthier diet, resulting in a lighter, healthier, happier Phil with the start of the 2007 golf season and well into this year.
 
At the end of the 2006 season, I know he was quoted as saying that he got away from his golf fitness training to a degree during the year, and that may have affected his play as the year progressed, says Sean Cochran, Mickelsons fitness trainer.
 
The world's No. 2 player returned to action 20 pounds lighter with the help of Cochran, who devised a specific program for Mickelson to help him increase flexibility, balance, muscular strength and power for more clubhead speed, and to combat fatigue. 'Once the younger players started to come on tour, Phil realized that he had to start working out to maintain longevity in his career,' Cochran explains.
 
Mickelsons fitness regime is based on a periodization system in which Cochran divides the year into three different training stages. We have an off-season program where the intensity and volume of his training is high, a pre-season program where the volume and intensity is moderate, and an in-season program where the volume is low and intensity moderate, explains Cochran.
 
During the pre-season portion of the program, Cochran lowers the training intensity to allow Mickelson more time to practice and work on his game to prepare for tournaments. In the competitive season, the program moves to in-season training mode where the volume of exercise is less than his off-season and the training intensity is moderate. This allows Phil to maintain the physical gains developed during the off-season, as well as be prepared to play competitively week-in and week-out, says Cochran.
 
Mickelsons commitment to fitness helps him increase flexibility for greater range of motion in the golf swing, strengthen lower body and core to help maintain proper posture and swing positions, and increase power for more distance.
 
Along with exercise, Mickelson changed his diet, which helped speed up his metabolism, resulting in weight loss. Mickelson now eats four to five small meals of protein and vegetables during the day, and has cut out junk food.
 
During the off-season, a typical week of training will consist of four to five days of aerobic conditioning for 30 to 45 minutes, and a one-hour strength training session.
 
Here are a few SIMPLE golf-fitness training exercises recommended by Sean Cochran to help you with your golf fitness training:
 
Rotators
Begin by placing feet shoulder-width apart, arms extended overhead, hands clasped together, and eyes looking forward. Slowly extend the hands toward the top of your feet. Extend downward to a level where a stretch is felt in either your hamstrings or lower back.
 
Pause for one second and return to the starting position of the exercise. Rotate your torso, shoulders, arms and head to the right. Extend your hands downward to the outside of the right foot. Pause for one second and return to the starting position of the exercise. Repeat the same exercise sequence to your left. Perform 10-15 repetitions.
 
Physio-Ball Russian Twist
Place your head and shoulders on top of the ball. Elevate the hips to a position horizontally in line with the knees and shoulders. Place the feet shoulder-width apart on the floor, extend the arms straight, and clasp your hands together.
 
Begin rotating to the left, allowing the ball to roll underneath your shoulders. Allow the eyes to follow your hands during the rotation. Continue to rotate to the left to a position at which your left upper arm is resting on top of the ball. Return to the starting position and repeat the rotation to your right. Alternate the rotation left and right for 15-20 repetitions.
 

PB Russian Twist

 
Single Leg Airplane Rotation
Place feet together, bend at the hips so the back is flat and chest is parallel to the floor. Extend your arms straight out from the shoulders. Lift the right foot off the floor and balance on your left foot. Keep the right foot off the floor the entire exercise.
 
Begin the exercise by rotating your left arm downward toward the left foot. Simultaneously rotate the right arm upward. Create the rotation in the torso of your body. Continue to rotate to a position where the left hand is directly above your left foot, and the right hand is pointing up. Return to the starting position of the exercise and repeat for 10-15 repetitions. Repeat the exercise sequence, balancing on your right foot.
 
Airplane Rotations

 
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If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

You don’t believe it, though.

She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

“In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

“I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

“She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

“She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

“Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

“It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

“No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:

Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

“I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”


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Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

“He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic.

Cook has gone 36 holes without a bogey on the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside - the site of the final two rounds in the last PGA Tour event of the calendar year - on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

''We've just been able to it hit the ball really well,'' Cook said. ''Speed on greens has been really good and getting up-and-down has been great. I've been able to hit it pretty close to the hole to make some pretty stress-free putts. But the couple putts that I have had of some length for par, I've been able to roll them in. Everything's going well.''

The 26-year-old former Arkansas player was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.


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''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''

Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. He earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour, and has hired Gay's former caddie, Kip Henley.

''With him being out here so long, he knows everybody, so it's not like I'm completely the new kid on the block,'' Cook said. ''He's introduced me to a lot of people, so it's just making me feel comfortable out here. He knows his way around these golf courses. We're working really well together.''

First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside to drop into a tie for third at 9 under with C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back at 8 under.

''I was hitting the ball really well coming down here,'' Snedeker said. ''I was anxious to see how I would hold up under pressure. I haven't played a tournament in five months, so it's held up better than I thought it would. Ball-striking's been really good, mental capacity's been unbelievable.

''I think being so fresh, excited to be out there and thinking clearly. My short game, which has always been a strength of mine, I didn't know how sharp it was going to be. It's been really good so far.''