December 7, 2012

Winterize Your Golf Game

How many times have you started a new golf season with very high scores, short drives and aches and pains? Am I talking to you? Let’s be honest: It happens more times than you’d like. If you are like most of us, you tend to spend the winters being sedentary. Do yourself a favor, as winter approaches and you find your golf season coming to a end, review these tips on how to “Winterize your golf game”.

The golf swing is very athletic. Every major muscle in the body is used in a specific sequence of motion to enable you to hit the ball solidly and with power. It is a proven that muscles used in the golf swing that are not exercised and conditioned on a regular basis, will not respond to the correct golfing techniques. Golf is athletic! And we are athletes. Name a sport where that does not have an off-season. These athletes work on their bodies during the off-season to reach their true potential. Why wouldn’t you?
There are 3 main physical fitness components every golfer must have to play his best. To be a successful player at the golf game, you need strength, flexibility, and balance. These are all equally important and should not be ignored in your off-season training program specific to golf.
You can’t find these aspects of the game in a pro shop.

Strength:

We are not talking about how much one can squat, bench or dead lift. What is important is core strength, rotary strength. It takes strength to maintain good golf posture and to rotate your upper body powerfully into the ball.
A lower level of golf specific strength will result in difficulty with posture, and downswing power. For incredible rotary strength, try

Standing rotation twists: Perform 10 reps 2x

Stand facing the free motion weight machine..or you can use bungee cords.
Grasp handle with both hands. Now straighten arms and rotate torso to the right. Imagine keeping everything connected, use your big muscles to pull to the backswing, then repeat to the front and rotate to the left.

Flexibility:

Flexible back and hamstrings are a must to achieve a full backswing with no muscular tension. Lack of flexibility creates tension in your golf swing, robbing you of club head speed and distance.
Lunge with Instep touch reverse twist: Reps 10 sets 2

Stand tall, feet together
Step out with right foot as if to do a lunge
Place left hand on ground in line with left knee
With right hand on side of head rotate and look behind towards ceiling.
Take right hand an elbow and reach down and touch the inside of right foot.
Repeat both sides.

Balance:

Have you ever fallen out of balance during a swing? Everyone has…but why then do golfers ignore balance training for a better swing?
Just as you cannot expect to fire a cannon from a canoe with any accuracy, you cannot expect to express the strength and power necessary for a long drive, medium iron shot, shot from the rough or chip shot with any accuracy if your body is out of balance. Balance cannot be taught, it can only be trained. For perfect balance do this exercise.

Standing lunge – club rotation: Perform 10 reps to each side 2x

With feet together, hold golf club extended out in front of you.
Step back with right leg into lunge.
Twist body to the inside so left hand is to right knee
Extend and rotate body keeping arms straight to the outside fully extended and hold.
Push back up and repeat

Don’t let your clubs get dusty and forget about your game during the winter or off-season…

It’s no fun to come off the course feeling spent when you could have energy to spare. You have between 3-4 months to greatly improve your strength, flexibility and balance. It would be the wisest thing to do to “Winterize your Game “for next season.

You probably already have a swing coach, and NOW you have an off-season Golf Fitness Coach! Winterize your Golf game by implementing a golf fitness program with the Institute for Golf Fitness, with the above components, and you’ll get REAL results…FAST!

Over the past twelve years Chris Ownbey has helped thousands of golfers, at all different skill levels, reach their peak performance through physical conditioning and nutritional support. His unique form of functional training combined with golf-specific motor learning drills has made him one of the top golf specific trainers in the Dallas Tx area And here’s the great news for YOU.

With the Ultimate Golf Fitness Performance his “Online golf fitness system”- the secrets are now available in person or in the privacy of your own home.

Online golf performance visit www.chrisownbeygolffitness.com (Free Golf fitness Workout)

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