Fit Tips Results - Week 3

By Kelly BlackburnSeptember 20, 2005, 4:00 pm
Welcome to week 3 of Fit Tips & Results. Because many of you have experienced incredible results from your dedicated efforts, I want to share them with those that may be looking for a fitness cure for a particular part of their game or just getting started with a golf fitness workout regimen. I have chosen testimonials that I feel will be beneficial to all. Following the testimony you will see the exercises that the golfer did to achieve his or her results. If you do not have the Stretch Trainer used in these exercises demonstrated below, simply visit the Golf Fitness Pro Shop to acquire the necessary items to get started! If you are just joining us, you can view the first tip from weeks 1 & 2.
 
This weeks tip comes from F. Kramer of Denver, CO:
Kelly ' I started your flexibility workout with the stretch trainer early June. My biggest struggle with my game has been my lack of flexibility and the result was little to no turn in my torso area. My approach to fitness for golf has been slim to none at best, but two exercises in particular that have helped me are the cross hip and low trunk. Ive added distance and more importantly feel so much better. I do your flexibility CD workout every morning and every night and have advanced to the 3rd handgrip on most of the exercises!
 
CROSS HIP

Cross Hip stretch Cross Hip stretch

 
Start: Lie on your back with both knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Cross one leg over the opposite and place the ankle over the opposite knee.
 
Action: Slowly raise the foot off the floor with the knee bent towards your chest. Place your hands around your thigh to increase the stretch.
 
Finish: Hold for 30 seconds and repeat. Release and repeat, but the second time increase the stretch. Repeat to the opposite side.

LOW TRUNK

Low Trunk stretch Low Trunk stretch

Low Trunk stretch

 
Start: Lie back with both knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Pull the right leg to the chest and wrap the center of the stretch trainer around the arch of the foot.
 
Action: Straighten the right leg holding on to both loops equally and slowly pull the leg towards the chest. Hold both loops in the left hand, straighten the opposite leg and extend the right arm to the side. Slowly drop the extended leg to 10 oclock (picture shows 9 oclock) and turn the head to the right. (picture 3 shows finish position from opposite side)
 
Finish: Hold for 30 seconds, release the tension and repeat but the second time increase the stretch. Repeat to the opposite side.
 
Here are the benefits you can receive from this flexibility workout:
 
1) Improve flexibility to lower the risk of injuries and improve range of motion
 
2) Increase flexibility of the shoulder girdle for more stability at the top of your back swing
 
3) Increase flexibility of the upper legs for improved balance during your swing
 
4) Increase flexibility of your hip girdle for more power and club head speed
 
5) Increase flexibility of the lower legs for more push-off power in the downswing
 
6) Increase the flexibility of the trunk which is critical in making an effective turn
 
7) Increase the flexibility of the forearms and wrists for better club control
 
8) Ultimately increase your overall fitness level!
 

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    McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

    McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

    That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

    “I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”


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    McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

    Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

    “I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

    “So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

    McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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    Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

    Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

    His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

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    Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

    Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

    Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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    “I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

    “Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

    Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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    Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

    By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

    Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

    His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

    We compiled some of their missives below:

    Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.