Maximum Performance Week 6

By Katherine RobertsMay 26, 2006, 4:00 pm
Balancing Body and Mind
 
The fourth pillar in The Eight Pillars to Maximum Performance is balance. Practicing this progressive balance sequence will translate to better balance in your dynamic swing sequence and provide a better sense of feeling grounded and stable in your address position.
 
As the body ages it is common to experience a loss of balance, but this process is not necessary. Here are a few tips to help you execute the following balancing poses:
  • Take a few deep breaths and focus on the sense of feeling grounded or connected to the earth before you begin the pose. The process is similar to setting your stance in your pre-shot routine.

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  • Draw the navel towards the spine and lift the ribcage off the waist.

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  • Pick a spot on the floor approximately three feet in front of you and place a ball in that spot. Keep you eyes on the ball and do not allow your focus to deviate as you move in and out of the poses.
Standing Extended Leg pose
Par Level

Phil Mickelson competes in the fourth and final round of the Memorial Tournament Presented by Morgan Stanley at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH, on June 4, 2006.Photo by Hunter Martin/WireImage.com

Zach Johnson competes in the fourth and final round of the Memorial Tournament Presented by Morgan Stanley at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH, on June 4, 2006.Photo by Hunter Martin/WireImage.com

Place the left foot on the ball and bring the hands to the waist. Hold for five breaths and lift your leg off the ball. If you feel strong extend your left leg and flex the foot towards you. Hold for five more breaths and switch sides.
 
Balancing Hamstring stretch
Par / Birdie Level


Extend your leg and place your heel on the ball as you flex the foot towards you. Bring your hands to your waist and fold forward from the hips. Maintain proper posture in your upper body. Hold for five breaths and switch sides. If you want more of a challenge close your eyes and hold the pose for up to twenty seconds.
 
Half-moon pose at wall with balance ball
Birdie / Eagle Level

Trevor Immelman competes in the fourth and final round of the Memorial Tournament Presented by Morgan Stanley at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH, on June 4, 2006.Photo by Hunter Martin/WireImage.com Jack and Barbara Nicklaus walk to the 18th green during the fourth and final round of Memorial Tournament Presented by Morgan Stanley at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH, on June 4, 2006.Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR


Place your left foot three inches off the wall and bring your left hip / gluts against the wall. Bend your left knee as you shift your weight into your left leg and place the hand on the balance ball. Bring all your weight to the left leg and lift the right leg off the floor.
 
Initially the right hip is pointed towards the floor but for more stretch in the hips and adductors roll the right hip and trunk open. Allow your body to be completely supported by the wall. Roll the right shoulder back so your shoulders are now resting against the wall. Draw the navel towards the spine so the lumbar spine has minimal arch in the back. Engage the left quad and lift in the left arch. Feel the left hip lifting off the left hip. BREATHE!!
 
For more intensity lift the left arm off the ball and balance for three to five more breaths. Eventually you will practice this pose off the wall!
 
Special Note: Tune in to The Golf Channel to see Katherine Roberts on How Low Can You Go? Wednesday's at 9:30 PM ET. For more balancing poses check out my new fitness tips in The Golf Channel Video Vault.
 
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    Editor's Note: Katherine Roberts, founder of Yoga for Golfers, has over 20 years of experience in fitness training, yoga studies, professional coaching and motivation. Katherine welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at Katherine@KRTotalFitness.com or visit www.KRTotalFitness.com.
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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    Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

    Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

    Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

    What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

    Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

    Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

    Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

    Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

    Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

    Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry