Is your golf game making you fat

By Golf Fitness MagazineSeptember 26, 2008, 4:00 pm
Then play your way into shape
By Karen Palacios-Jansen
Believe it or not, the time you spend sitting in a golf cart while you play golf could be making you fat. You may think that you are getting enough exercise while playing golf, however, if you ride in a cart, you are eliminating the benefits of golf as exercise. Add a hot dog, chips, a soda or a couple of beers at the turn, and you may actually be taking in more calories than you are burning.
The best way to get the health benefits that playing golf could provide is to walk while you play. Walking is one of the best activities people of all ages can do to improve cardiovascular conditioning. A 150-pound person walking at a pace of 4 miles per hour could burn up to 400 calories per hour. Walking 18 or even 9 holes a couple of times a week could help you maintain or even lose weight as well as boost your endurance, lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. But even if you are required to use a golf cart while you play at your course, or you choose not to walk, you can still get exercise during your round by changing a few habits.
You could play your way into shape. Playing golf can be a form of exercise, even if you are riding in a golf cart. Try these calorie burning, muscle toning tips the next time you tee it up.
Arrive at the golf course with enough time to do a 10-minute warm-up session before you play. Stretching before you play golf loosens your muscles and prepares them for what lies ahead, and can prevent injury.
Grab a pitching wedge, 6-iron and your driver and walk to the practice range before your round instead of hopping into the cart and riding the few hundred yards. The walk will serve to warm your muscles to prepare them to stretch, and get your heart pumping to improve endurance.
Sit up straight ' dont slouch while you sit in the cart. While you sit in the cart, engage your abdominal muscles, align your head and neck with your spine, and roll your shoulders back. Actively engaging your abdominal muscles will help strengthen them and protect your back. One minute of sitting actively burns 2 calories.
One minute of sitting doing nothing burns only 1 calorie per minute, so with a little extra effort, you could be strengthening your abdominal muscles, improving your posture and burning a few extra calories while you play.

Stand up and be ready to hit. Dont just sit there on the cart waiting for your turn. Not only will this speed up play, but standing burns more calories than sitting. Sitting also restricts blood flow to your muscles, so as you sit your muscles are constricted and will not respond as well when you swing.
As you stand, place a club behind your back to remind you to stand up straight.
This is also an excellent way to stretch your back, chest and shoulders.

Stretch in between shots. While you are waiting for the group in front of you to clear the fairway or green, you can do simple stretching exercises that will keep your swing loose and supple and will increase your flexibility. There are inevitably always moments during a round where you are waiting to hit. Take advantage of this down time and work on your flexibility.
There are hundreds of spontaneous stretches that you can do while you are waiting for your turn to hit your shot. Stretching not only burns more calories than just sitting doing nothing, but stretching will keep you loose throughout the round and help you increase your flexibility for a more reliable swing. Here are examples of simple stretches you can do involving a golf cart.
Hip Stretch

Back Stretch

Torso Stretch

Hamstring & Calf Stretch

Quadricep Stretch

Chest Stretch

Shoulder Stretch

Have your partner drive the cart so that you can walk in between shots. Grab a few clubs and hoof it over to your ball instead of sitting in the cart. Walking will energize you and get you some well-needed exercise.

If you have time and you are not holding up the group behind you, help your playing partners out by raking the sand traps after they hit, replace divots, repair ballmarks, or tend and replace the pins. Not only is this courteous, but all that bending, twisting and squatting will help your waistline by keeping you moving. Remember that exercise is all about movement, and every little bit adds up in the end.
Stay hydrated. Often when we think we are hungry it is actually because we are thirsty and dehydrated. So by drinking plenty of water you should not feel as hungry, and therefore, will not go for a large Coke and hot dog at the snack bar. Another benefit to drinking water is that it will keep your body hydrated throughout your game. If you dont drink enough water, you will not be able to focus for your entire round.
Skip the junk food at the turn. Pack yourself a healthy snack from home so that the greasy food and candy bars at the snack bar wont tempt you. Bring foods that are loaded with complex carbohydrates and proteins to help keep your energy levels up such as nuts, dried fruit, crackers and cheese, and peanut butter sandwiches.

Just these few small things you can do throughout your round can add up to increased endurance, strength and flexible muscles and joints, keeping you in shape to play the game you love.
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Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

“While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

“What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

“I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:

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Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to to submit your picks for this week's event.

Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

"The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

"You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

"But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."