5 Ways to Stop Pain On and Off the Course

By Golf Fitness MagazineFebruary 19, 2009, 5:00 pm
Is your pain affecting your golf game?
Is it affecting your life?
Are you tired of it?

Pain is an indicator. Your body was created with this indicator to tell you when it is time to take care of the issue. If you dont take care of it, further injury can occur, which leads to more dysfunction, more compensation and less athleticism.
So, do you play golf with pain?
Then guess what. You are actually making your game worse! Thats right; every time you play with pain you either begin or reinforce a compensation cycle. This cycle is completely disruptive to your ability to reproduce a consistent swing, and will affect your natural body mechanics.
So, what does that mean?
For most golfers it means that youll have to spend more time and money with your golf instructor so she can teach you compensating movements to enable you to continue playing the game. Why wouldnt you want to go to your golf instructor with the best physical platform he can work with? When you do that, thats when your game actually changes for the good ' and permanently. Its called progress.
So, how do you prevent this cycle from beginning, and how do you stop it?
Simple: exercise and lifestyle changes!
If you are like the average golfer, you are between the ages of 32 and 56. In this demographic, studies show that most have some kind of regular pain; decreased range of motion and function in one or more joints; or decreased overall athletic function.
If that describes you, is that acceptable? Why is it that our society has accepted the fact that as people get older they must simply accepts living with pain and decreased activity?
I think it is absurd that that this is considered the norm. Fight back, I say!
Take your body back. Take back your ability to play golf or play with your kids or grand-kids without pain and lack of athleticism.
So what is the best way to get rid of my pain and dysfunction on the golf course?
The answer is simple: exercise ...
And eat a well-balanced diet consisting of lots of organic food, nd get good sleep,
And drink good water,
And play!
1. Exercise
You must exercise in some manner for at least 30 minutes every day. I recommend that you find a highly qualified exercise or conditioning coach. Your coach should perform some level of baseline testing to determine your bodys weaknesses and dysfunctions to create a highly specific exercise and stretching program based on your requirements (as opposed to a generic program). This is important because the fitness industry generally approaches exercise programs for everyone the same way, when in fact you are like no one else in this world. Think of it this way: we are like snowflakes. We all know that no two snowflakes are identicalever! And no two people are the same, either. This is why you need a coach that does testing. Baseline testing allows for an individually tailored approach to your fitness requirements.
In addition to cardio work, weight training or resistance training is critical to your success. Some of the many benefits of these forms of strength building are:
- Improved posture, the foundation of movement.
- Increased blood flow to the peripheral parts of the body; an example of the benefit for treating high blood pressure.
- Strengthening of:
Skeletal system
Cardiovascular system
The brain
- Improved balance and coordination.
- Heightened body awareness.
- Better stability and mobility.
- Improved performance of the bodys organ systems.
Do you think any of those seven items are important to golf or better yet-game improvement?
2. Eat Healthy
Organic Food is GOOD!
I am certain youve heard that your food is only as good as the soil it grew in. Well, believe it and make the change to organic for you and your familys sake. There are many benefits to eating organic foods, for not only yourself, but for our environment and when it comes to golf, organic food is so much more dense in its nutrition that your body consume less, provides more energy, and allows you to get down to your fighting weight. And we all know that if you are at an ideal weight, you will have more energy on the course to perform at your best, physically and mentally.
3. Get Good Sleep
Do you know most people are walking around in a foggy daze because of poor nutrition, lack of exercise and not drinking enough water? When you compound that with internal and external stressors at work and at home, do you actually think anyone can get good quality sleep?
The answer is no!
Ideally, you should go to bed at 9:30 p.m., and be asleep by 10:00.You should wake up around 6:00 a.m., and when you do, you should feel rested and ready to go. This time schedule is important because your body heals itself physically between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. It then shifts into mental recovery from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. You can see how important that is! So, get to sleep, and dont be afraid to take naps during the day.
4. Drink Good Water
Ladies and gentlemen, you are dehydrated! Unless you are drinking 8-10, 8oz glasses of water a day, you very well could be dehydrated. Dehydration is linked to so many common ailments including dry skin, arthritis, high cholesterol high blood pressure to name a few ' and it makes sense, since our body is 70 percent water, our cells rely on it!
Every one of the over trillion cells in our body rely on water for normal function. If you dont get enough water every day, you will affect your bodys function at the most important level, the cell.
If you are dehydrated, it does not just affect your physical performance, but your mental performance as well. In other words, if you regularly feel mentally sluggish, be aware of your water consumption. Chances are you are not drinking enough.
In the simplest terms, think of water to the body as oil and gas are to a car. If you deplete either of these fluids, it will only be a short time before you must call a tow truck. Being dehydrated is the same to the body: if you run short on water, every function in your body will be affected, and you will be calling your doctor.
So, if you want to have an effective golf game, and have plenty of energy, vitality and health, drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day.
5. Play
Get outside and play!
Go hike, camp, fish, surf, take a walk, climb, snowboard, ski, mountain bike, swim, jump into a creek, jump off a rock, motocross, trail run, cross-country ski, paddle, backpack, rollerblade, road bike, skate board, mountain board, or whatever gets you moving.
And especially get out and golf!
Almost all of the activities listed above can be done anywhere in the United States. So, whats your excuse for not enjoying at least a couple of extra activities in addition to golf? I encourage you to be active and to exercise so that you can enjoy all of these activities whenever you want without limitations.
Life is about living to its fullest, not to your inabilities. Play golf with the BEST OF YOUR ABILITY!
Now it is time to step up and follow these five recommendations and watch for improvement, not just in your golf game, but your entire life and all it has to offer, as well.
Since 1999, Dee Tidwell has been working with specialty athletes including PGA Tour playing pros including Arron Oberholser and Joe Durant, as well as collegiate golfers. He is the only level three TPI certified golf fitness instructor in the state of Colorado, as well as nutritionist and lifestyle coach, Dee can be contacted at deetidwell@hotmail.com.

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Murray fixes swing flaw, recovers momentum

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 2:24 am

SAN ANTONIO - Grayson Murray fixed a flaw in his swing and hit the ball well enough that blustery conditions weren't an issue for him Thursday in the Valero Texas Open.

Coming off a missed cut at Hilton Head last week, Murray made seven birdies for a 5-under 67 and a one-shot lead. His only mistake was a double bogey from a greenside bunker on the par-3 seventh hole.

''Just the fact I did give myself enough opportunities today for birdie, it took a lot of pressure off,'' Murray said.

Of the five players at 68, only Chesson Hadley played in the morning side of the draw, and he called it among his best rounds of the year because of gusts. The wind died in the afternoon and scoring improved slightly on the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio. Keegan Bradley, Ryan Moore, Billy Horschel and Matt Atkins each posted 68. Horschel and Moore played bogey-free.

''Struck the ball really well, something that we've been working hard on,'' Horschel said. ''Could have been better, yeah. I didn't really make anything out there today. But I'm happy with it.''

Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the course, played the Texas Open for the first time since 2010 and shot a 74. Adam Scott failed to make a birdie in his round of 75. Scott is at No. 59 in the world and needs to stay in the top 60 by May 21 to be exempt for the U.S. Open.

Harris English was in the group at 69, while two-time Texas Open champion Zach Johnson, Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker were among those at 70. Johnson saved his round by going 5 under over his final five holes, starting with a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 14th hole. He birdied the last three.

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Murray was coming off a pair of top 15s at Bay Hill and the Houston Open when his game got away from him last week in the RBC Heritage, and he shot 74-70 to miss the cut. He got that sorted out in the five days between teeing it up in San Antonio.

He said he was coming down too steep, which meant he would flip his hands and hit a sharp draw or pull out of it and hit it short and right.

''I was hitting each club 10 yards shorter than I normally do, and you can't play like that because your caddie is trying to give you a number and a club, and you keep hitting these bad shots or keep coming up short,'' Murray said. ''I got back to the basics with the setup and the takeaway, got my club in a better position at the top, which kind of frees my downswing. Then I can start going at it.''

Even so, Murray thought he wasted his good start - three birdies in his first six holes - when his bunker shot at No. 7 came out with no spin and rolled off the green into a deep swale. He hit his third short to about 7 feet, but missed the putt and took double bogey.

''I would have loved to limit that to a bogey because bogeys don't really kill you - doubles are the ones that now you've got to have an eagle or two birdies to come back with, and out here it's kind of tough to make birdies,'' Murray said. ''But I kept my head. My caddie keeps me very positive out there, that's why I think we could finish 4 under the last nine holes.''

Only 34 players in the 156-man field managed to break par.

Horschel missed four birdie chances inside 18 feet on the back nine. What pleased him the most was the way he struck the ball, particularly after his tie for fifth last week at the RBC Heritage. Horschel was one shot behind going into the last round and closed with a 72.

But he's all about momentum, and he can only hope this is the start of one of his runs. Horschel won the FedEx Cup in 2014 when he finished second and won the final two playoff events.

''I'm a big momentum player. I've got to get the train moving forward,'' he said. ''I've always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump in that winner's circle.''

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LPGA back in L.A.: Inbee Park leads by 1

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 1:53 am

LOS ANGELES - Inbee Park's flirtation with retirement is in the rear-view mirror.

Backed by a large contingent of South Korean fans, Park shot a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead Thursday in the opening round of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open in the LPGA's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

Showers ended shortly before Park's threesome, including second-ranked Lexi Thompson, teed off at windy Wilshire Country Club just south of Hollywood.

Using a new putter, Park birdied four consecutive holes on the back nine before a bogey on the par-4 17th. She quickly recovered and rolled in birdie putts on the second and fifth holes to finish off her round.

''I never played a tournament outside Korea having this much Korean supporters out,'' Park said. ''I almost feel like I'm playing back home. It's almost like a little Korea.''

That applies to the food, too, with nearby Koreatown's restaurants beckoning.

''Too many,'' Park said.

The third-ranked Park banished the blade-style putter she used in her Founders Cup victory last month in Phoenix, a playoff loss in the ANA Inspiration and a tie for third last week in Hawaii. She went back to one that feels more comfortable and has brought her success in the past.

''Last week was just an awkward week where I missed a lot of short ones and I just wasn't really comfortable with the putter,'' Park said, ''so I just wanted to have a different look.''

The 29-year-old Hall of Famer recently said she was 50-50 about retiring before returning to the tour in early March after a six-month break. Momentum has been going her way ever since.

Marina Alex was second. Thompson was one of seven players at 68 in partly sunny and unseasonable temperatures in the low 60s.

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Alex tied Park with a birdie on No. 11. The American dropped a stroke with a bogey on the par-5 13th before rallying with a birdie on No. 14 to share the lead.

Alex found trouble on the par-4 17th. Her ball crossed over a winding creek, bounced and then rolled into the water, leaving Alex looking for it. Eventually, she salvaged a bogey to drop a shot behind Park. After a bad tee shot on 18, Alex managed a par to close at 67.

''I made a lot of the putts that I shouldn't, I wouldn't have expected to make,'' she said. ''I made two great saves on 17 and 18. Kind of got away with some not-so-solid golf shots in the beginning, and I capitalized on some great putts.''

Thompson returned from a two-week break after finishing tied for 20th at the ANA Inspiration, the year's first major.

She bogeyed her second hole, the par-4, 401-yard 11th, before settling down and birdieing four of the next eight holes, including the 14th, 15th and 16th.

''I changed a little thing that slipped my mind that I was working on earlier in the year,'' said Thompson, declining to share the change in her putting technique. ''I don't want to jinx it.''

ANA winner Pernilla Lundberg was among those in the logjam after a 68.

Natalie Gulbis was among five players tied for 10th at 69. Playing sparingly the last two years, Gulbis put together a round that included four birdies and two bogeys.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng struggled to a 74 with five bogeys and two birdies.

The venerable course with views of the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory wasn't any kinder to eighth-ranked Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie.

Both had up-and-down rounds that included three bogeys and a double-bogey on No. 10 for Kerr and five bogeys, including three in a row, for Wie. Wie, ranked 14th, had a few putts that lipped out.

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Horschel (68) builds on momentum at Valero

By Will GrayApril 20, 2018, 12:32 am

Billy Horschel only ever needs to see a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

While some players require a slow ascent from missed cuts to contending on the weekend, Horschel's switches between the two can often be drastic. Last year he missed three straight cuts before defeating Jason Day in a playoff to win the AT&T Byron Nelson, a turnaround that Horschel said "still shocks me to this day."

The veteran is at it again, having missed five of six cuts prior to last week's RBC Heritage. But a few tweaks quickly produced results, as Horschel tied for fifth at Harbour Town. He wasted no time in building on that momentum with a bogey-free, 4-under 68 to open the Valero Texas Open that left him one shot behind Grayson Murray.

"I'm a big momentum player. I've got to get the train moving forward," Horschel told reporters Thursday. "I've always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump into the winner's circle. So yeah, it would have been great to win last week, but it was just nice to play four really good rounds of golf."

Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open

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Many big names tend to skip this week's stop at TPC San Antonio, but Horschel has managed to thrive on the difficult layout in recent years. He finished third in both 2013 and 2015, and tied for fourth in 2016.

With a return next week to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans where he notched his first career win in 2013 and a title defense in Dallas on the horizon, Horschel believes he's turning things around at just the right time.

"Gets the momentum going, carry it into this week, next week, which I've had a lot of success at," Horschel said. "Really the rest of the year, from here on in I have a lot of really good events I've played well in."

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Three years later, PXG launches new iron

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 19, 2018, 11:22 pm

Three years is a long time between launches of club lines, but Bob Parsons, founder and CEO of PXG, says his company had a very good reason for waiting that long to introduce its second-generation irons.

“Three years ago, when we introduced our first generation 0311 iron, we made a commitment that we would not release a product unless it was significantly better than our existing product,” Parsons said. “:Our GEN2 irons are better than our GEN1 irons in every respect. We believe it’s the best iron ever made, and the second-best iron ever made is our GEN1 iron.”

PXG’s 0311 GEN2 irons, which officially went on sale today, feature what the company says is the world’s thinnest clubface. They have a forged 8620 soft carbon steel body and PXG’s signature weighting technology. The hollow clubheads are filled with a new polymer material that PXG says not only dampens vibration, but also produces higher ball speeds and thus more distance.

The irons come in four “collections” – Tour Performance, Players, Xtreme Forgiveness and Super Game Improvement.

Cost is $400 per iron, or $500 for PXG’s “Extreme Dark” finish. Price includes custom fitting. For more information, visit www.pxg.com.