Is your golf game making you fat

By Golf Fitness MagazineSeptember 26, 2008, 4:00 pm
Then play your way into shape
 
By Karen Palacios-Jansen
 
Believe it or not, the time you spend sitting in a golf cart while you play golf could be making you fat. You may think that you are getting enough exercise while playing golf, however, if you ride in a cart, you are eliminating the benefits of golf as exercise. Add a hot dog, chips, a soda or a couple of beers at the turn, and you may actually be taking in more calories than you are burning.
 
The best way to get the health benefits that playing golf could provide is to walk while you play. Walking is one of the best activities people of all ages can do to improve cardiovascular conditioning. A 150-pound person walking at a pace of 4 miles per hour could burn up to 400 calories per hour. Walking 18 or even 9 holes a couple of times a week could help you maintain or even lose weight as well as boost your endurance, lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. But even if you are required to use a golf cart while you play at your course, or you choose not to walk, you can still get exercise during your round by changing a few habits.
 
You could play your way into shape. Playing golf can be a form of exercise, even if you are riding in a golf cart. Try these calorie burning, muscle toning tips the next time you tee it up.
 
Arrive at the golf course with enough time to do a 10-minute warm-up session before you play. Stretching before you play golf loosens your muscles and prepares them for what lies ahead, and can prevent injury.
 
Grab a pitching wedge, 6-iron and your driver and walk to the practice range before your round instead of hopping into the cart and riding the few hundred yards. The walk will serve to warm your muscles to prepare them to stretch, and get your heart pumping to improve endurance.
 
Sit up straight ' dont slouch while you sit in the cart. While you sit in the cart, engage your abdominal muscles, align your head and neck with your spine, and roll your shoulders back. Actively engaging your abdominal muscles will help strengthen them and protect your back. One minute of sitting actively burns 2 calories.
 
One minute of sitting doing nothing burns only 1 calorie per minute, so with a little extra effort, you could be strengthening your abdominal muscles, improving your posture and burning a few extra calories while you play.
 

 
Stand up and be ready to hit. Dont just sit there on the cart waiting for your turn. Not only will this speed up play, but standing burns more calories than sitting. Sitting also restricts blood flow to your muscles, so as you sit your muscles are constricted and will not respond as well when you swing.
 
As you stand, place a club behind your back to remind you to stand up straight.
This is also an excellent way to stretch your back, chest and shoulders.
 

 
Stretch in between shots. While you are waiting for the group in front of you to clear the fairway or green, you can do simple stretching exercises that will keep your swing loose and supple and will increase your flexibility. There are inevitably always moments during a round where you are waiting to hit. Take advantage of this down time and work on your flexibility.
 
There are hundreds of spontaneous stretches that you can do while you are waiting for your turn to hit your shot. Stretching not only burns more calories than just sitting doing nothing, but stretching will keep you loose throughout the round and help you increase your flexibility for a more reliable swing. Here are examples of simple stretches you can do involving a golf cart.
 
Hip Stretch

 
Back Stretch

 
Torso Stretch

 
Hamstring & Calf Stretch

 
Quadricep Stretch

 
Chest Stretch

 
Shoulder Stretch

 
Have your partner drive the cart so that you can walk in between shots. Grab a few clubs and hoof it over to your ball instead of sitting in the cart. Walking will energize you and get you some well-needed exercise.
 

 
If you have time and you are not holding up the group behind you, help your playing partners out by raking the sand traps after they hit, replace divots, repair ballmarks, or tend and replace the pins. Not only is this courteous, but all that bending, twisting and squatting will help your waistline by keeping you moving. Remember that exercise is all about movement, and every little bit adds up in the end.
 
Stay hydrated. Often when we think we are hungry it is actually because we are thirsty and dehydrated. So by drinking plenty of water you should not feel as hungry, and therefore, will not go for a large Coke and hot dog at the snack bar. Another benefit to drinking water is that it will keep your body hydrated throughout your game. If you dont drink enough water, you will not be able to focus for your entire round.
 
Skip the junk food at the turn. Pack yourself a healthy snack from home so that the greasy food and candy bars at the snack bar wont tempt you. Bring foods that are loaded with complex carbohydrates and proteins to help keep your energy levels up such as nuts, dried fruit, crackers and cheese, and peanut butter sandwiches.


Just these few small things you can do throughout your round can add up to increased endurance, strength and flexible muscles and joints, keeping you in shape to play the game you love.
 
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”