Fundamentally Fit - Week 11

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Its week 11 of our series Fundamentally Fit for Your Game! Next week we will recap all of the exercises for this series and then we will begin a new series targeted for juniors. Many of you have emailed me with questions for your junior golfers and the dos and donts, so I thought this is a perfect time to start with the upcoming U.S. Kids Golf World Championship!
 
For the past ten weeks, we have used training tools found in the Pro Shop. All Golf Channel subscribers receive a discounted price for each training tool in this series. We are using a wide variety of tools from weighted power balls to your golf cart to keep you fit for your game! For those of you just joining us, you can review weeks 1-10 for additional training tips for your game. This weeks tip features the GolfGym which is accompanied by an easy to follow DVD, easy to store, compact to travel with and lightweight.
 
GolfGym: Distance - Power - Control

 
Here are the benefits you can receive from this training aid:
 
1) Strengthen the shoulder girdle for more stability at the top of your back swing
2) Strengthen the trunk which is critical in making an effective turn
3) Strengthen the forearms and wrists for better club control
4) Strengthen the upper arms for added distance off the tee
5) Ultimately increase your overall fitness level and reduce your handicap!
 
Now lets get started!
SHOULDER

Shoulder Shoulder

Start: Place one foot in the loop, hold the training grip in one hand and place your feet shoulder width apart.
 
Action: Slowly raise the arm upward to the side.
 
Finish: Hold at shoulder height for a few seconds and repeat 8-10 times. Do the same for the opposite side.
 
Tips: Strengthen the shoulder girdle for more stability at the top of your back swing.
 
Par Level: 10 reps
Birdie Level: 15 reps
Eagle Level: 20 reps
 
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WRIST & FOREARM

Wrist Wrist

Start: Place one foot in the loop, hold the training grip in one hand palm down and place your feet shoulder width apart.
 
Action: Slowly bend at the wrists and flex upward.
 
Finish: Hold for a few seconds and return to the start position. Repeat 8-10 times. Do the same for the opposite side.
 
Tips: Strengthen the forearms and wrists for better club control
 
Par Level: 10 reps
Birdie Level: 15 reps
Eagle Level: 20 reps
 

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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 11 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.