12 Weeks to Better Golf - Week 12

By Kelly BlackburnFebruary 17, 2004, 5:00 pm
We have arrived at the final week of our 12-week in-home golf fitness series. Now you have multiple choices to continue your fitness regimen year round! Remember to take part in our next series Golf Fitness in the Gym beginning March 1.
 
I have chosen exercises at random from weeks 1 through 8 for our workout this week. This is an example of how diverse this training regimen can be so you have the option to change up your workouts weekly to prevent boredom. For those of you who are just joining us please take the Golf Fitness Analyzer.
 
You can view weeks 1 through 8 at the end of this article for a variety of exercises. Weeks 9, 10 and 11 are examples of randomly choosing exercises to build a workout. You will need a pair of dumbbells, a stretch trainer, a weighted ball and weighted club to continue these in-home routines. Keep in mind that your goal is to complete the workout 2-3 times this week.
 
Before you begin, print the fitness chart so that you can document your progress! The equipment necessary to do this in-home series can be found in the golf fitness pro shop.
 
On a personal note: Thank you for your testimonies and kind words over these 12 weeks. Im thrilled many of you have had great success, but more importantly that you have made a new commitment to yourself!
 
Now lets get started with this weeks workout.....
 
LEGS

Legs

Stand with your legs more than shoulder width apart and the toes pointed slightly out at an angle. Hold the head of the weight equally with both hands and place the weight in front of your body. Bending the knees, slowly drop downward to a squat position. Press upward towards the start position pressing through the heels to work the inner thigh and hamstring muscles. Repeat.
 
LegsLegs

The inner thigh (adductor) is crucial to the golf swing because it is part of the hip girdle which helps generate power in your swing. Taking the Stretch Trainer, sit upright and place the soles of your feet together. Wrap the center strap under your feet and gently pull your heels towards the groin area. Hold and repeat.
 
Side Hip stretchSide Hip stretch

Hold the weighted swing trainer at the grip and clubhead. Bending at the waist, slowly lean to one side engaging the obliques and hip muscles. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat. Do the same for the opposite side. Watch your form and do not let your hip fallout to one side.

Quad Stretch 01

Sitting with both legs extended and your feet upright, wrap the center of your Golf Fitness Stretch Trainer across the ball of your right foot and hold both ends of the Stretch Trainer in your right hand.
 
Quad Stretch 02

Then slowly roll down onto your left side while simultaneously bending the right knee and pulling the right foot toward the buttocks. To accelerate the stretch, grab both ends of the Stretch Trainer behind your head and pull upward. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and repeat to the opposite side.

Leg RaiseLeg Raise

Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Cross one ankle over the opposite knee. Flex your abdomen and slowly raise the foot on the floor towards your torso. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat. Its important to keep your moving leg in an L position.
 
BACK

Upright RowUpright Row

Stand with your feet slightly apart, hold a weight in each hand and place the weights on the front of your thighs palm facing you. Keeping the heads of the weights together, bend the elbows and slowly lift the weight to the top of the chest. Slowly return to the start position and repeat.
 
BackBack

Lie face down with your legs extended, arms bent and close to your rib cage for support. Flex your gluteal muscles (buttocks) and lift one leg as high as possible keeping it straight. Slowly return to the start position. Repeat and do not let your foot rest on the floor.
 
Tuning Up Your Torso

Lying face down with your elbows bent and your hands placed where you can see both thumbs within your peripheral vision, slowly press down, extending your arms upward and arching your back. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and repeat.

BICEP

ArmArm

Stand with the weights at your side you can work either one arm at a time or both together. Be sure to work both arms equally and give equal time to stretching both arms. In this exercise, the hands are rotated palms-facing your hips.
 
CurlCurl

Sit on a bench or in a chair. Holding a weight, place the elbow on the inside of one knee for stability. Slowly lower the weight and flex the bicep curling the weight upward.
 
CHEST

Flat Chest Press

Lying on your back on a step or bench, place your feet atop the bench holding a dumbbell in each hand. Extend both your arms upward above your chest. Bending your elbows, move the weights away from each other and down until your arms form right angles. Then slowly return to the start position and repeat.

ChestChest

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor or on an elevated platform for support. Hold a weight in each hand and extend the arms upward. Rotate the weight to where your palms are facing one another. Bend the elbows slightly and slowly drop the weight outward to the side of the torso. Slowly return to the start position flexing the chest muscles and repeat.
 
SHOULDER

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Take your weighted swing trainer and place directly in front of you with your left hand on the hosel (or clubhead) and your right hand on the grip, then slowly rotate the club, lowering the clubhead down toward your navel while crossing the grip across your torso. Hold for 30 seconds and slowly return to the opposite side. Repeat
 
Upright RowUpright Row

Stand with the feet slightly apart, hold a weight in each hand and place the weights at your sides palm facing you. The weights will only serve as anchors during this exercise. Slowly lift your shoulders upward towards your ears and then slowly roll the shoulders back and down simulating drawing the letter C. Repeat.
 
ShoulderShoulder

Sit in a chair or on a bench. Hold a weight in each hand and place the weight at shoulder height with your palms facing away from you. Flex your abdomen and slowly press the weight upward. Slowly lower the weight to the start position and repeat.
 
Front Lateral Raise

Sitting on the end of a bench with your back straight and your feet on the floor, hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms down and your hands resting on your knees. From this position, slowly raise the weight to shoulder height with your arms straight and your palms facing downward, then return the dumbbells to the start position.

TRICEP

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Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and using the Swing Trainer slowly drop the club behind your head. With the opposite hand gently pull down on the club until you reach a comfortable position. Hold and repeat. Proceed to the opposite side.
 
Tricep Curls with free weights

Lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on a bench, hold a dumbbell in your right hand with your arm extended above your chest. Supporting your right elbow with your left hand, slowly lower the weight to your left shoulder by bending your right elbow, then return the weight to the start position and repeat with both arms.
 
ABS

Obilique Crunch

Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Slowly drop your knees to one side. You may want to place a pillow under your knees until you reach optimum flexibility of placing the knees on the floor.
 
Obilique Crunch

Slowly raise your torso to simulate a crunch. Hold for 5 seconds and slowly return to the start position and repeat.
 
Rotation Drill

Take your weighted swing trainer and hold it at the grip and clubhead. Raise the club to should height and place your feet at your normal address position.
 
Rotation DrillRotation Drill

Slowly rotate to one side keeping the feet planted until you feel a comfortable stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and slowly return to the start position. Repeat to the opposite side.
 

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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.''