8 Weeks to Better Golf - Week 3

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Prepare to hit the links stronger off the tee and one less club to the green! Whether its in the gym, on the road or at home you will have more options than ever before with this golf fitness class! Each week I will demonstrate exercises specifically for your golf muscles using training aids you will find in a fitness facility or to travel with or to use in the comfort of your home. If you need to purchase any of the items used simply visit the golf fitness pro shop to order!
 
Getting Started:
The first step is to take the fitness analyzer to determine your level of fitness. I have used the term par, birdie or eagle level since 1994 to equate a golfers physical fitness ability, and lets face it ' none of us are bothered by starting at par! The best motivation for my golf fitness programs has been the fact that there are no bogeys! The results from the analyzer will tell you the amount of weight to use, the amount of repetitions to do, and the length of cardio time you should perform. Next you will print a training log. Here you will document the exercise, the amount of weight used, number of repetitions you completed and the length of cardio you accomplished! You will be amazed by your progress over the period of the class when you see it in black and white!
 
Each week we will do exercises for both the lower and upper body. I will show you options for each from the gym, on the road or in the home. If you are just joining us please review weeks 1 & 2.
 
Lets get started!
 
Lower Body ' Strength and flexibility are very important when it comes to the lower body. A strong lower body will provide more stability through the golf swing and help to promote more distance off the tee.
 
In the Gym:
 
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Locate the machine used to work your inner thigh (adductor) region. In most fitness facilities this will be labeled seated adductor. From a seated position, place the pads just above your knee and slowly open the machine to a comfortable stretch position. Press your legs together and check your posture to ensure you are sitting upright. Return to the start position and repeat. Remember to lift and lower the weight slowly. The negative resistance (lowering of the weight) is where we build strength. To prevent a pendulum action, count 4 seconds on the action, hold the lift 1-2 seconds and then count 4 seconds while returning to the start position. A strong hip girdle will add power behind the ball. Consult your analyzer results for recommendations.
 
At Home:
 
Adductor Hip Lift

 
On the Road:
 
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Place both feet center of the tubing and raise the handles upward making a goal post position with the arms to create resistance. Flex one foot and slowly press the leg away from the body creating resistance for the outer thigh of the leg in motion and the inner thigh of the stable leg. It should take you to the count of 4 to get to a comfortable position. Now hold for 4 counts. Slowly return to the start position for 4 counts and repeat. Do the same for the opposite side. This exercise strengthens the abductors to create strength in the hip girdle for more power behind the ball. Consult your analyzer results for recommendations.
 
Upper Body ' Strength and flexibility are vital to making an effective when it comes to the upper body. Strengthen the shoulder girdle for more stability at the top of your back swing. Strengthen the trunk which is critical in making an effective turn and strengthen the core muscles for better balance. Strengthen the forearms and wrists for better club control. Strengthen the upper arms for added distance off the tee.
 
In the Gym:
 
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Locate the machine used to work the deltoid (shoulder) region. This should be labeled side lateral or side deltoid raise. From a seated position, place your arms in the machine to where the pads are resting just below the shoulder region. Concentrate on lifting the weight leading with your elbows so that you are working the deltoid region. Return to the start position and repeat. Remember to lift and lower the weight slowly. The negative resistance (lowering of the weight) is where we build strength. To prevent a pendulum action, count 4 seconds on the action, hold the lift 1-2 seconds and then count 4 seconds while returning to the start position. Strong shoulders add more stability to the top of the backswing. Consult your analyzer results for recommendations.
 
At Home:
 
Balanced External Shoulder Raise

 
On the Road:
 
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Place one foot on the tubing close to the handle to create resistance and place the opposite foot back for balance. Place one hand atop the knee for stability. Keeping your elbow slightly bent, slowly raise the tube upward to shoulder height. It should take you to the count of 4 to curl upward. Now hold for 4 counts. Slowly return to the start position for 4 counts and repeat. Repeat to the opposite side. This exercise strengthens the shoulder girdle for more stability at the top of your backswing. Consult your analyzer results for recommendations.
 
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 13 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.