I Spotted Jason Day Doing Cardiogolf Drills

In this month’s Golf Digest Magazine, Jason Day gives some of his favorite golf tips to hit greens in regulation.  One of the tips is how to hit an uphill lie.  He practices by placing his front foot on a step to simulate an uphill lie, just like we do in Cardiogolf.

It is hard to practice uphill lies on the driving range because there aren’t any sloped lies, so the best way to practice is in the gym using a step to simulate the slope.

For the uphill lie, place your front foot on the step and angle your shoulders and hips the same as the slope.  You will feel like you have more weight on your back leg.  As you swing back, keep the flex in your back knee.  At the top of your swing, you will feel the weight on the inside of your back foot.  Where people go wrong is that they straighten their back leg, shifting their weight towards the target, the opposite of what you want to do.

On the downswing, follow the slope letting the clubhead swing up the slope not into it. Even though you won’t be able to follow-through completely, make sure you swing the club shaft so that it touches your shoulder on follow-through for a complete swing.

Do what Jason Day’s coach Col Swotten says, “follow the earth with your clubhead”.

PHOTO CREDIT-Golf Digest Magazine

 

Step Up to a Better Weight Shift

In order to create power on your downswing, you need to ‘get behind the ball’ at the top of your swing. This involves rotating your shoulders and hips away from the target, so the majority of your weight shifts to the back foot at the top of the swing. Once you have wound your body up behind the ball, then you can shift your weight towards the target and fling your arms to hit the ball. Where a lot of people go wrong is they never quite get the lateral motion towards the target on the downswing.  They either come over the top with upper body or hang back and use only hands and arms to hit the ball.

Ideally, you need a little lateral motion towards the target to get the weight set in motion towards the target and then let arms swing through to finish.

Here is a drill to help you learn how to sequence your downswing, will help you create more clubhead speed and power.

  • Set up in your golf posture with your feet together.
  • Make a backswing and stop at the top.
  • Lift your front foot and step it towards the target. Keep your head steady and maintain your balance.
  • Once your weight has shifted towards the target, swing your arms down and through to finish.
  • Return to the start position and repeat exercise.
  • Do 8 to 10 repetitions.

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Get Down to the Side for Better Weight Shift

Your ability to create power comes from the ground up; from your feet, through your legs all the way to your arms and finally to the club.  You need to load your weight into your back leg and then transfer that load to the front leg as your arms fling through the shot.

You need to able to take your muscles through their full range of motion, so you need to have strong, flexible hips and legs.

To shift your weight from side to side quickly and efficiently, your adductors, hips, legs and feet initiate your downswing and weight shift.

These exercises condition your muscles used to create a powerful weight shift.

Side Lunge
  • Start with feet shoulder width apart.
  • Lunge to the side with your right foot, keeping your toes forward and your feet flat.
  • Squat through your right hip while keeping your left leg straight.
  • Squat as low as possible, holding this position for 2 seconds.
  • Push back to the starting position and repeat on the opposite side.
  • Do 8 to 10 repetitions.
Pilates Side Lunge Series

Side Lunge with Ball

Burn Your Obliques to Fire Up Your Swing

In the golf swing, you need to be able to do a combination of side flexion (frontal plane movement or side to side motion) and rotation (transverse plane or rotational movement) in your core to wind up your torso to create power.

Your obliques, along with erector spinae and abdominals are responsible for side flexion or lateral movement in your golf swing.   If you have limited range of motion in any of these areas, then it is difficult to create the positions needed to get power.  Although it is not necessary to know exactly what anatomy is used in the golf swing to play your best, having some awareness of what muscles are used can help you prepare your body to move at its best.

Having weak or tight oblique muscles could lead to swing flaws.  Having an awareness of how to activate those muscles could help you move and swing better.

This side to side Pilates inspired exercise is one of many dynamic exercises that I incorporate into the Cardiogolf Pre-Round Warm-Up Routine that can help you increase your core temperature, prepare your nervous system for performing the golf swing, and strengthen your body.  If you incorporate this exercise into your daily routine, you could strengthen those muscles and fire up your swing. Click here to download the Cardiogolf Pre-Round Warm-Up for FREE.

Modified Side to Side with Golf Club

  • Hold a golf club across your body with your palms facing down.
  • Lift the club up in the air, so that your arms are extended.
  • To prepare inhale, as you straighten your back, pull your abdominals muscles in and anchor hips down.
  • Inhale, reach arms higher, exhale, lean to the right side, inhale, pull yourself back up and return to the center.
  • Inhale, reach arms higher, exhale lean to the left side, inhale,  pull yourself back up and return to the center.
  • Repeat motion on each side for 8 to 10 repetitions.

Keep hips anchored so that you feel a slight burn or tug in your obliques as you lean to the side.

 

Cardiogolf Makes Appearance at National Golf Day

Cardiogolf makes appearance as WE ARE GOLF Celebrates National Golf Day’s 10th Anniversary on Capitol Hill

Record 175 Congressional Meetings, Nearly 200 Attendees from 35 U.S. States Showcase the Game’s Benefits in D.C.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – visited Capitol Hill for the 10th annual National Golf Day to discuss the game’s nearly $70 billion economic impact, $4 billion annual charitable impact, environmental value to local communities and fitness benefits. A record 175 Congressional meetings were scheduled and nearly 200 attendees from 35 U.S. states participated.

Industry leaders met with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and Federal agencies to highlight the two million jobs impacted by golf and the nearly $4 billion raised for charitable causes through 143,000 philanthropic events annually. Throughout the day, participants shared stories about the game’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, tax revenue creation, accessibility, tourism, ecological value and the fact that one in 75 U.S. jobs is impacted by the industry.

This year’s event also included Mike Davis, Executive Director of the United States Golf Association (USGA), the PGA TOUR’s Billy Hurley III, and Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen.

National Golf Day featured a day-long exhibit in the Rayburn Foyer with live lessons for Congressional Members and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel and LPGA Teaching Professional Karen Palacios-Jansen, founder of Cardiogolf, a golf-specific fitness system.

About WE ARE GOLF

WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well the health and wellness benefits of the game and the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies.  The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are fair and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, impacts close to two million American jobs and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.

For more information, please visit www.wearegolf.org.

I teach Golf and Pilates. I am a LPGA Master Professional and Certified Personal and Pilates Trainer