Fitness fixes for Barkley and you

By Katherine RobertsMarch 24, 2009, 4:00 pm
I read last week that The Haney Project is the highest rated show on The Golf Channel on Monday nights in the history of the channel. Personally I find the show to be very compelling. Barkleys engaging personality, his honesty and on air antics combined with instruction from the worlds best golf instructor Hank Haney make for great television. I think the show is so successful because of the primary players as well as the hope it provides for all golfers. The bottom line is that regardless of the extent of your swing flaws, if you work hard, get great PGA instruction, access the best in technology and work on your body, you can get better.
 
I feel very close to this show because of the new book Hank Haney and I wrote together called Swing Faults and Fitness Fixes which will be in bookstores on August 7th, 2009.
This book evaluates the top ten most common swing flaws, explains the physical correlations to the flaws, includes Hanks perspective as it relates to the flaw to and finally we provide you with fitness based solutions specifically applied to the swing flaw.
 
When a client makes an appointment with me I conduct a comprehensive physical and golf assessment. I evaluate their physical restrictions as well as strengths, analyze their posture and work with their PGA pro professional to evaluate their swing mechanics. This process helps me develop a course of action based on the clients golf and fitness goals. If Charles was my client I would take him through this same process. Because he is not my client I will take some liberties as it relates to this series. The next four weeks we will provide fitness solutions for Barkley you.
 
It is easy to see some of the issues in Barkleys swing but solving the issues should be left to the professionals. I can clearly see the benefits of his weight loss and stretching program. He has dramatically increased his range of motion, which is something we can all benefit from. Getting more turn, range of motion in the trunk and shoulders is a common challenge facing many golfers, especially golfers who lift a lot of weight without the proper flexibility program, older golfers, and over weight golfers.
 
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Torso /shoulder rotation from the address position

Begin with resistance tubing behind the back, stretching out the chest muscles. Get into a five iron, athletic posture with the knees bent and hinge at the hips. Inhale as your turn your torso to the right, exhale as you revolve the torso to the left. Begin slowly, focusing on the torso rotation and minimal hip rotation. Repeat five times slowly and then repeat ten more times with more explosive, controlled movements.


 
Shoulder speed drill from the address position

Begin in your address position, palms together. Inhales as you bring your right arm behind your right shoulder, eyes remain on the ball and on your exhale clap the hands together. Repeat five times slowly and ten time with as much speed as possible. Switch sides and repeat.


 





Lat reach and roll with stability ball

Begin on your knees, hands placed on the outside edges of the stability ball. Lower your torso until you are parallel to the floor. Hold this shoulder stretch for five deep breaths. Inhale as you roll your torso to the left, stabilizing your hips. Focus on the stretch in your lats and shoulders. Exhale to the starting position and switch sides. Repeat five times.


 


Dolphin twist with ball

Begin on your knees, elbows place on the stability ball, palms together. Lower your torso until your upper body and trunk is parallel to the floor. Relax your head and neck. Hold this stretch for five deep breaths. Inhale as you roll onto your right shoulder, stabilizing your hips. Focus on the deep stretch in the torso and shoulders.
 
Exhale to the starting position and switch sides. Repeat five times.


 
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    Editor's Note: Katherine Roberts, founder of www.KRFlexFit.com and www.YogaForGolfers.com has over 20 years of experience in golf specific fitness training, yoga studies, professional coaching and motivation. Katherine welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at Katherine@KRFlexFit.com
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    Sources confirm Charles Schwab to sponsor Colonial event

    By Rex HoggardApril 19, 2018, 2:42 pm

    Multiple sources have confirmed to GolfChannel.com that officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation.

    Tournament officials scrambled this year after Dean & DeLuca ended its sponsorship of the event just two years into a six-year agreement, pulling together an assortment of local sponsors and renaming the event the Fort Worth Invitational.

    Colonial’s status on the PGA Tour schedule became even more uncertain when the PGA Championship announced it would move from August to May, beginning in 2019 as part of a major overhaul of the circuit’s schedule.

    According to the Dallas News, and confirmed by multiple sources at the club, officials plan to announce the new long-term agreement with Charles Schwab on Monday that will begin in 2019.

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    PNC Extends Title Sponsorship of PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 19, 2018, 1:00 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla., April 19, 2018 – IMG and NBC Sports today announced that The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. has extended its contract as title sponsor of the PNC Father/Son Challenge, the tournament that pairs the games’ legends alongside their sons, daughters and grandchildren.

    PNC’s multi-year extension as title sponsor keeps the PGA Tour Challenge Event in Orlando reflecting the bank’s commitment to Central Florida. PNC has served as title sponsor of the tournament since 2012. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes will continue to play host to the PNC Father/Son Challenge. The 2018 PNC Father/Son Challenge will take place Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, with television coverage on Golf Channel and NBC.

    “The PNC Father/Son Challenge long ago became one of my family’s favorite golf tournaments,” said 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus. “I have had the pleasure of playing with my sons, and last year, partnering with my 15-year-old grandson GT was a thrill. I am delighted the event—a uniquely special one to us fathers and grandfathers, and perhaps to the many fans out there watching from home or outside the ropes—will continue for many years to come.”

    “After our victory in 2016, I said that this win was as good as anything I have done in my career,” said former World No. 1 and major champion David Duval, who alongside his stepson Nick Karavites captured the 2016 title. “I felt blessed to have Nick inside the ropes with me and to have our family surrounding us all week. That’s what makes the PNC Father/Son Challenge so special, and I’m pleased to hear that PNC has extended its support of the event. This golf tournament means so much to all of us who are lucky enough to have the opportunity to play in this event.”

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    “The PNC Father/Son Challenge allows fans to see golf’s legends playing the game they love alongside those they love most,” said Alastair Johnston, vice chairman, IMG. “We are grateful for PNC’s ongoing support of this unique tournament and we look forward to returning to Orlando to celebrate golf and family for many years to come.”

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    "PNC's long-standing sponsorship of the Father/Son Challenge reflects the philanthropic values we share with the PGA Tour and the golf community, as well as our focus on strong relationships,” said Bill Demchak, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The PNC Financial Services Group. “As PNC Bank continues to expand its footprint, the PNC Father/Son tournament helps us gain visibility with new audiences and to strengthen the relationships we enjoy today with more than 8 million retail, wealth, and corporate and institutional banking customers across the country.”

    “NBC Sports is extremely proud of our heritage as co-founder for the Father/Son Challenge, one of golf’s most special events that closes out the calendar year on the golf schedule,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports. “Our relationship with PNC Bank elevates this event each year as a must-attend and must-see event for players and fans alike, and we look forward to our continued relationship with PNC Bank for years to come.”

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    Fire damages National Golf Links of America clubhouse

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    Chappell returns to Valero as defending champ

    By Will GrayApril 18, 2018, 9:48 pm

    It's impossible for any of the players at this week's Valero Texas Open to forget who captured the trophy last year.

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