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5-Minute Cardiogolf Break-Uphill Lie Drill

This is your 5-minute Cardiogolf break where we work on your golf swing and get some exercise as some time.

In my opinion, daily practice is the key to success towards any goal.  Making 10 practice swings a day or exercising  for 5 minutes everyday will get you playing better and in better shape than  exercising or practicing for two or three hours once a week. First of all, it is always hard to find big chunks of time to do massive workouts or beat balls on the driving range.  Secondly, the long workouts or practice sessions usually lead to fatigued swings, injuries and ingrained bad habits.

There is something to be said about the momentum of taking small daily steps towards a goal that is cumulatively better than taking big steps with less frequency.

Practice something about your game everyday.

When you play golf, you almost never have a completely flat lie on the golf course like you do at the practice range.  It may be difficult to recreate those sidehill, downhill and uphill lies on the practice range, but you can do it at  the gym or at home.

Simply taking practice swings with your stance at different levels can help prepare you for how it will feel on the golf course.  Use a step or bench to simulate the uneven slope.  Start with an uphill lie. Place your front foot on the bench so that you simulate an uphill lie.

The idea is to make a full turn and weight shift despite the restriction you may feel because of the uneven stance.

Uphill Lie
  1. Simulate an uphill lie by placing your front foot on a step or bench.
  2. Lean your weight slightly towards your back foot and hold a club or hand weight as if you were going to hit a shot.
  3. Swing to the top and stop to make sure that your weight is loaded into your back leg. Feel the weight on the inside of the back foot and keep the back knee slightly flexed.
  4. Rehearse your backswing for 8 to 10 repetitions.

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Simple Warm Up Exercise that Could Change Your Game

If I only have time to do one golf-specific warm-up exercise, this is the one I choose.

The cross-crawl exercise is an excellent exercise to activate both sides of the brain because you are doing movement in two different directions challenging your balance and coordination. This exercise links the right and left hemispheres of the brain, allowing for electrical impulses and information to pass freely between the two.

Why is this important for golf?  Because the golf swing requires both sides of the brain to be working in conjunction to create a fluid motion.  If the right and left sides of the brain don’t communicate effectively, the swing with be out of rhythm and synchronization.

According to Back to Health, humans are contralateral beings in reference to their neurological organization. The automatic sequencing of upright muscle movement (walking and running) is meant to be always coordinated the same way. That is the right arm goes forward, the left leg will do the same and when the left arm goes forward, the right leg will do the same. This is what is meant by a contralateral (cross pattern) neurological organization.

Contralateral or ‘cross pattern’ is learned.  We learn this as we crawl on the floor as babies.  We further develop these patterns, to ingrain them into our nervous system, by walking, running and doing more complex exercises.

But just because we learn these patterns as children, doesn’t necessarily mean that the movement stays in our nervous system for the rest of our lives.  In fact, if you don’t do these complex movement patterns or stimulate your nervous system, on a regular basis, you lose the motion.  That is why athletes practice their sport so much. They are rehearsing the movement so that the body doesn’t forget. That is why professional golfers spend so much time practicing their swing to ensure that their nerves are functioning properly when it is time to perform.

One way to active your nervous system so that you are able to perform at your peak is to do cross-crawl exercises. This exercise will not only warm up your muscles but active both sides of your brain to perform at your best.

Cross-Crawl
  1. Stand in a shoulder width stance holding a golf club parallel to the ground.
  2. Bring one knee up to your opposite elbow rotating at the waist.
  3. Return to the start position and then bring the other  knee up to the opposite elbow.
  4. Return to the start position.
  5. Keep your chest up as you bring your knees up to the elbow.  Don’t bend over to touch your knees.
  6. The larger the range of motion and the faster you move, the more stimulus your brain receives and the quicker the brain and body can synchronize.
  7. Alternate bringing one knee up to the opposite elbow for 8 to 10 repetitions.

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Pilates for Golfers-Ab 5 Series

The golf swing can be very forceful on the back, often missed-hit shots or out of sequence golf swings can lead to injury. One way to prevent injury is to improve core strength and hip flexibility. This exercise can help strengthen core strength and help improve hip flexibility.

In the golf swing, the spine must stabilize as other parts of the body move. So it is important to strengthen core muscles.  If core muscles surrounding the spine are weak, then those muscles can’t contract to create resistance to allow the arms to swing freely through the ball.

It is important to strengthen core muscles, not only to create power in the golf swing, but to protect the spine from the force of the golf swing.

This series of classical Pilates moves, collectively known as the Series of Five or ‘Ab 5’, is essential for golfers who want to improve core strength and stability.

The first of of the Series of Five is the Single Leg Pull.  This will strengthen your lower back and core muscles to protect you from injury.

In these exercises, you will be stabilizing your spine and core muscles as your arms and legs move in different directions, just like you have to do in the golf swing

Single Leg Pull

  1. Lie on your back and hug both knees into your chest.
  2. Extend your right leg long as you place your left hand on the outside of your right knee and your right hand on the outside of your right calf or ankle.
  3. Curl your head and shoulders off the mat, tucking your chin into your chest.
  4. Extend your elbows wide as you inhale then exhale and switch legs.
  5. Pull your knee into the midline as you alternate hugging one knee in and lengthening the opposite leg.
  6. Move with control as you pull your abdominal muscles towards the mat.
  7. Finish by hugging both knees in and resting head and shoulders on mat.
  8. Do 8 to 10 repetitions on each leg.

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Front Hand Placement on the Club-Where is Yours?

“The best golf psychologist in the world is a square clubface”.

Ben Hogan

Everything you do before you swing determines how well your shot will turn out. You need to review the basics no matter what level golfer you are. Only once you have a solid and consistent set up can you develop other areas of your game like consistency and power.

Your grip may be the most important factor in hitting a solid shot. If your grip is incorrect, then you usually have to make compensations in your swing to get the ball to go where you want it.

Here is a way to check your front hand position to make sure club face will be square.

Grip Check
  1. Hold the club just with your front hand. Lift the club off the ground and extend your arm out so that the club is parallel to the ground.
  2. Notice the clubface position. If your thumb is placed correctly on the grip correctly, then the leading edge of the clubface will stay square.
  3. If your front thumb is on the club incorrectly, in a weak position, then the leading edge will fan open.
  4. Adjust your thumb until you can extend your front arm and the leading edge stays square.

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How and When to Hinge Your Wrists

It is important to have grip strength in order to maintain the angle of your arms and club or to create lag on the downswing that allows you to strike down and take a divot.  If you tend to top or hit thin shots, you may not be holding the “angle”.  Getting stronger in your hands and wrists will help you create lag and clubhead speed and hit solid shots.

To create more power and to control your shots, try this grip strengthening exercise:

Grip Exercise -Wrist and Hand Rotation with Club
  1. With your arm extended, hold a golf club by the grip end, pointing the clubhead up to the sky.
  2. Slowly rotate your wrist so that the club drops parallel to the ground.  Hold position for a moment and return to start position.
  3. Slowly rotate your wrist to the opposite direction.
  4. Repeat this exercise for 8 to 10 repetitions.
When and How to Hinge Your Wrists

Wrist hinge should happen naturally in the golf swing. If your grip is in a neutral position,the wrists will be able to fully hinge as you swing the club back to the top. There is no exact spot where you are supposed to hinge your wrists. Some players set their wrists very early in the swing and others create the hinge later in the swing. Most high- handicappers go wrong when they have no wrist hinge and have to end up hinging their elbows instead to get the club to the top.

  1. Set-up in your normal golf stance.
  2. Swing the club back and let the weight of the club hinge the wrists naturally.
  3. At about the halfway back point in your swing, your club and forearms should form a right-angle.

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