Understanding and strengthening your core

By Golf Fitness MagazineMay 7, 2010, 10:54 pm
Understanding and strengthening your “core” is important to improving your golf game. All movement, whether it is swinging the golf club, sitting or standing originates from core muscles. Core muscles are an important part of overall training and until recently, have been a neglected part of the body.

Your core is comprised of muscles from around your trunk and pelvis. Benefits of strengthening your core include increased protection and bracing for your back as you swing the club with force and the ability to control the club throughout the swing. If you have never focused on your core, the off-season is a perfect time to work on improving this part of your body. Here are a few core strengthening exercises designed by Golf Conditioning Specialist David W. Cusick to get you started.

The first two exercises are essential beginner strengthening techniques, designed to enhance the body’s awareness to initiate the core muscles (transverse abdominals, gluts and lower back) prior to swinging the golf club. The third is a stretch for the hip flexors, which are at the base of the core muscles.

Core Exercise to Target Transverse Abdominal Muscles
1. Lay on your back with knees bent. Place a towel under the small of your back. Keep your lower back pressed against the towel.
2. Tighten abdominals by drawing belly button in towards spine. In one continuous move, slowly straighten left leg, pause then bring it back to start position. Keep pressure into the towel. Repeat exercise with other leg.
3. Do 6-8 repetitions per leg for 2 to 3 sets allowing one minute rest intervals.
Core Exercise to Target Transverse Abdominal Muscl

Hip Bridge

1. Begin by lying on your back. Bend your knees with feet flat on the floor. Extend your arms out to your sides for support.
2. Raise your hips and lower back off the floor (squeeze buttocks) to form a straight line from knees to chest. 3. Hold position for 5-10 seconds. Slowly return to start position. Repeat 8-12 repetitions for 2-3 sets. Resting one minute between intervals.
Hip Bridge

Hip Flexor Stretch with Reach

1. Sit on the ball with one leg stretched behind you. Draw in your belly button toward your spine.
2. Stretching your back leg by squeezing your glut, while reaching with arm across your body to leg out front.
3. Hold this stretch for 5 seconds then release.
4. Do 2-3 sets for 8-10 repetitions. Repeat exercise on other side.

Hip Flexor Stretch with Reach

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.