Playing from the Core Week 1

By Katherine RobertsAugust 5, 2005, 4:00 pm
The core of the body represents the fundamental stabilizing forces of the body. In my opinion, core and core stabilization is the most important component in yoga, followed by the breath and calmness of mind. The term core encompasses the abdominals, lumbar spine muscles, gluts and pelvic floor. Working the core supports the spine, posture, address as well as the visceral systems of the body.
 
In the next four weeks we will implement a series of yoga poses supporting your physical and mental strengths. Core concepts represent thoughts for the week intended to enhance the performance which cannot be physically measured. Remember that the mind rules the body! These yoga poses are beneficial for all ages and fitness / flexibility levels. Golf benefits of working the core include:
 
  • Stabilization of the body angle at the address or set-up position
  • Assists in maintaining your spine angle throughout the swing phase
  • Facilitates awareness of core strength and stability
  • Increases power and distance
  • Supports consistency
     
    Pilates Roll:

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    Begin by sitting up as tall as possible, zipping up the lower belly and rolling the shoulders back.
     
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    Pull the navel towards the spine as you round the back and lower the upper body. When you feel the abdominals fully engaged, hold for ten seconds and then repeat five to ten times. Elongating the spine is equally as important as rounding the back. Proper posture is essential in the set-up position of the golf swing.
     
    Sphinx pose:

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    The most essential element of this pose is the awareness of the low belly or TVA. Focus on lengthening out of the low back by drawing the navel towards the spine and the ribcage off the waist. Squeeze the gluts to protect the lumbar spine. Note: you should not feel a compression in the low back but more of a strengthening of the lumbar spine and gluts.
     
    Place the elbows under the shoulders, palms flat on the mat. Bring the legs together, tops of the feet on the floor and squeeze the gluts.
     
    Note: In this photo I placed a towel between the upper thighs which helps bring awareness to the concept of engaging the legs together.
     
    Inhale as you activate the lower body and on the exhale lift the chest. Repeat this dynamic motion five to ten times.
     
    Note: Lift out of the shoulders and press the thoracic spine forward.
     
    Supported Bridge pose:

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    Place a yoga block under the tail bone as represented in the photo. Focus on the extension of the front of the body. You should not feel a restriction in the lumbar spine. Allow the body to rest on the yoga block for three to five minutes. Breathe deeply in and out through the nose.
     
    The Supported Bridge pose will be practiced every week as the counter pose for core exercises. Demonstrating the pose is Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor Paul Trittler. He is the director of instruction for the Kostis-McCord Learning Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.
     
    A Core Concept
    Function follows thought, you are what you think, like creates like. These concepts have one common thread; you create that which you focus on. Professional athletes, coaches and performance specialists agree that the mind rules the body. Every physical action is initiated by the brain. The brain helps to create the desired outcome. This week pay close attention to the action of your mind. Are you hyper-critical of others, hyper critical of yourself on the golf course? Take time each morning to envision your desired outcome. The body, mind and the universe will support your intention. Function follows thought!
     
    Have a great week! - - Katherine
     
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    Editor's Note: Katherine Roberts, founder of Yoga for Golfers, has 20 years of experience in fitness training, yoga studies, professional coaching and motivation. Katherine welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at Katherine@KRTotalFitness.com or visit www.KRTotalFitness.com.
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    Watch: Strong start, rough finish for Koepka

    By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 4:45 pm

    U.S. Open hangover? Not for Brooks Koepka. The two-time national champion has carried over his form and confidence from Shinnecock Hills to TPC River Highlands.

    Koepka began his round with a par at the par-4 10th and then reeled off four consecutive birdies, beginning at No. 11.


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    Koepka turned in 4-under 31. Here's more action from his opening nine holes.


    After a par at the first, Koepka added a fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 second.


    A bogey at the par-4 fourth dropped him to 4 under, but just one off the lead. That, however, sparked a wild ride to the finish line as he also bogeyed Nos. 5, 7 and 9, and birdied the sixth. It totaled to a second-nine, 2-over 37 and an overall score of 2-under 68.

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    By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:58 pm

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    Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia.

    ''It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell transplant and we are going through a really rough patch at the moment,'' Briony Lyle wrote on jarrodlylegolf.com. ''I'm typing this blog on his behalf because he's not able to do it. Jarrod's not able to drive, struggles to prepare any food for himself, can't read stories to the girls and is not able to offer much help at all around the house.

    ''He is also starting to look like a very frail, sick person.''

    Briony Lyle added: ''We are both very aware of the amount of drugs and medication that has gone into Jarrod's body over the years but things are starting to get really scary at the moment. It looks as if this recovery is going to be the longest and hardest one so far.''

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    He made an emotional comeback to the golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters in Melbourne before using a medical exemption to play on the PGA Tour in 2015. He played four seasons on Tour, where he earned $1.875 million in 121 tournaments.

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    Vermeer wins PGA Professional; 20 make PGA Championship

    By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 12:42 pm

    SEASIDE, Calif. – Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.

    The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards.

    The PGA Championship is in August at Bellerive in St. Louis.

    Three strokes ahead entering the day, Vermeer played the front in 4 over with a double bogey on the par-4 second and bogeys on the par-4 seventh and par-4 eighth. He rebounded with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-4 11th and also birdied the par-5 18th.


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    Vermeer finished at 5-under 283. The former University of Kansas player earned $55,000. He won the 2017 Mizuno Pro/Assistant Championship and finished ninth last year in the PGA Professional to qualify for PGA at Quail Hollow.

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    Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

    By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

    CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

    Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

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    “It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

    Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

    “I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”