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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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.''