Healthy Fit New YearNew You

By Kelly BlackburnJanuary 4, 2005, 5:00 pm
Aloha! For the past 8 weeks I have shared the same training tips for your body and game as I have implemented with players readying them for the new season. The time has arrived with the first round of the Mercedes Championships only days away! Now that the holidays have come and gone many of you, okay hundreds of you, have emailed me with the question of how to lose those extra pounds. There is no miracle pill and I simply loathe the word diet so that brings us back to good old fashion math. You have to expend more calories than you take in, and you have got to start moving! If exercise is to be part of your life in order to reach your goal and become healthier and fit, then why not implement an exercise routine to better you game while increasing your overall health! I want to share a particular story from The Golf Channel Makeover Challenge from season one.
Ralph Sanzeri, San Jose, CA
Occupation: Police Officer

Ralph Sanzeri

Ralph Before & After
300 LBS vs. 240 LBS

From the diary of Ralph Sanzeri...
Lets get real folks I was a chubby little kid. Growing up I played all the sports and games, baseball, football, basketball, tennis, street hockey, roller skating, ice skating, wrestling, swimming. You name it, we did it. In college I decided to be a weight lifter and continued that through my work career. As an adult I was always a big man, but not in too bad of shape. I still played softball, football, basketball, and played golf. Somewhere along the way, I reduced my exercise to getting out of a golf cart at the green. This coincided with a back injury that occurred 6 + years ago.
The bottom line is at the beginning of the Makeover Challenge I was 5 foot 10 inches and 300 lbs.. NOT GOOD!! Kelly gave me the knowledge and motivation to succeed. The program is simple.
#1 Nutrition: Cut your portions by , no fried foods, no sugar, and no carbohydrates after 2 p.m. rice, bread, pasta or potatoes.
#2 Exercise: Now there are all sorts of ways to exercise, but the best for me was 4-5 days a week power walking 35-40 minutes. I also used Kellys book, Exercises for Elite Golf Performance the DVD Strength for Your Game and the Strength Training Club. This book, DVD and club had everything I needed.
I still am 5-10, but now weigh 240 lbs. Not a skinny minny by any means, but I am a lot healthier and feeling better. Kellys philosophy and program works. Im well on my way to the goal of my original weight of 8 lbs. 4oz.!! ...Ralph Sanzeri

In closing let me say that regardless of your goals, take one day at a time. Simply cutting your portions in half, cutting certain carbohydrates late in the day, drinking more water and implementing small doses of exercise can make an incredible distance in how you look and feel in a short period of time!
Let me take this opportunity to thank all of you for your questions and support as I begin this new season with The Golf Channel. I bid all of you a healthy and happy 2005!
Stay Fit for Golf!
Kelly Blackburn

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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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    Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

    When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

    "I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"

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    The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

    Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

    "It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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    DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

    World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

    Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

    "It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

    Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

    Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

    "I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

    Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

    "If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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    LPGA lists April date for new LA event

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

    The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

    When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

    The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

    The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.