Fundamentally Fit For Your Game - Week 7

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This is a very exciting week as we get ready for the U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst! Its week 7 of our series Fundamentally Fit for Your Game! Each week we are using 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! This weeks tip features both the Stretch Trainer and Stretch Tubing which are accompanied by an easy to follow DVD, easy to store, compact to travel with and lightweight.
 
Kelly Blackburn with Stretch Trainer Stretch Tubing

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Here are the benefits you can receive from these training devices:
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...
 
STANDING SQUAT

Tube Squat Tube Squat

Start: Place both feet in the center of the tubing, grip the handles at shoulder height and spread the feet to shoulder width apart to increase tension.
 
Action: Bend both knees and simulate as though you are sitting back in a chair.
 
Finish: Hold for a few seconds and return to the start position pressing through the heels. Repeat.
 
Tip: Strengthen the hip girdle for more power in your golf swing
 
Par Level: 10 reps
Birdie Level: 15 reps
Eagle Level: 20 reps
 
If you have questions about your current golf fitness level, take the Fitness Analyzer on KellyBlackburn.com.

HIP GIRDLE STRETCH

Hamstring Stretch with Stretch Trainer Hamstring Stretch with Stretch Trainer

Start: Sit upright and wrap the center strap of the Stretch Trainer around the arch of one foot. Bend the opposite knee and place the opposite foot on the floor to create equal balance.
 
Action: Pull tension on the stretch trainer and slowly roll onto your back extending your leg with the strap upward. Gently pull the stretch trainer towards you increasing the range of motion in your hamstring.
 
Finish: When you have reached a comfortable position hold the position for 30 seconds. Repeat to the opposite side.
 
Tip: Do not bounce and to increase the stretch, extend the bend knee leg flat to the floor.
 

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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.