Fit-in-Fifteen - Week 2

By Kelly BlackburnNovember 7, 2006, 5:00 pm
What a great week in golf! Monday started the week with the induction of Larry Nelson and Vijay Singh into the World Golf Hall of Fame and ended with Adam Scott winning the TOUR Championship! Congrats to all, but especially to Larry and Gayle Nelson who were my first TOUR family clients and over the years have become dear friends!
 
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Residing in both Atlanta and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida affords me two different climates, but let me say that I for one welcome the TOUR Championship move to September for 2007! I was not ready to wake up to temps in the 30s several mornings last week in Atlanta and head to the course!
 
Now let me welcome you to week 2 of Fit-In-Fifteen! Training at home is inexpensive, easy, and convenient. Comfortably nestled in the confines of your own home you have no legitimate excuse for ignoring your training regimen, even though you may find hundreds of reasons to put it off. The fact is that you have to make the time to work out at home and with this workout series youll only need 15 minutes!
 
The first step is to test yourself using the Fitness Analyzer. These tests give you a starting point of reference. You will find a training log and as you work through your regimen, list each exercise that you perform each day because seeing your results is an important part of the process. Long before you see measurable results in the mirror or on the course, you can see demonstrable results in black and white through this log. If you are just joining us please refer to week 1 to review prior workouts.
 
We will be using equipment that is affordable and easy to store at home. For those of you who travel, you can easily pack any of these pieces to continue your workouts on the road! We will be using a weighted swing trainer, weighted ball, stability ball, strength tube, and stretch trainer for this series. Any or all of these items can be purchased in the golf fitness pro shop.
 
Lets get started!
 
Weighted Club
 
Half Backswing Drill
 
Half Backswing Drill

Strength Training

1. Start with the Strength Trainer at address.
Strength Training

2. Swing it half way back to 12:00 and hold for 2 seconds.
Strength Training

3. Then return the Strength Trainer back to the address position.

1. Swing SLOWLY and DELIBERATELY holding the completion of each drill for 2 seconds.
 
2. Repeat the drill for 1 minute before moving on.
 
Weighted Ball
 
Golf & Fitness Connection: In addition to insuring good posture throughout the swing, the abs are the opposite muscle group to balance the muscles of the lower back.
 
Weighted Ball Crunch
 
Weight Ball Crunch

 
Repeat the drill for 1 minute before moving on
 
Stability Ball
 
Balanced Push Up
 
Balanced Push-Up

 
Repeat the drill for 1 minute before moving on
 
Strength Tube
 
Stationary Lunge Drill
 
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Place one foot center of the tubing and place the opposite foot back. Raise the tubing to shoulder height to increase tension. Bending the knees, slowly descend downward being careful not to move forward over the front knee. It should take you to the count of 4 to get to a comfortable lunge position. Slowly return to the start position for 4 counts and repeat for 1 minute before moving to the opposite side.
 
Stretch Trainer
 
Mid Back Stretch
 
Strengthen Back with Stretch Trainer

 
Stand with both feet center strap of the Stretch Trainer. Slowly bend at the waist towards the floor until your torso is parallel to the floor. Slowly round the back upward and pull tension on the stretch trainer. When you have reached a comfortable position hold the position and contract the abdomen for 1 minute.
 
Now that you have completed all 5 exercises, go back to the beginning and repeat all 5 again for two more complete sets that will equal a total of 15 minutes! Your goal is to complete the entire workout 3 times in a 7 day period. If you need variety, switch between week 1 and 2! Remember to visit the pro shop if you need any of the training aids that we are using in this series!
 
Kelly
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    Editor's Note: Kelly Blackburn has traveled the PGA Tour and Champions Tour circuits as a fitness consultant and trainer for 12 years. Kelly welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at BlackburnOnTour@aol.com. Visit KellyBlackburn.com to learn more about health and fitness for golf.
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.