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Cardiogolf Training Package Launched

Take Your Practice Indoors with the Cardiogolf Shortee Practice Club and Training Video Package.

MOORESVILLE, NC, Aug. 3, 2017-LPGA Master Teaching Professional and Certified Personal Trainer Karen Palacios-Jansen has teamed up with GolfGym, the premier golf-fitness training product company, to create a package to help golfers practice their swing indoors. The package includes the Cardiogolf 23” Shortee Training Club, designed short to swing indoors, and 20 training videos, including drills and exercises to help golfers of all levels improve their swing technique and get some exercise at the same time.

Professional golfers know the importance of athletic development for golf. As a recreational golfer, you may not have the time to train like an elite athlete, but by simply adding a few swing drills into your daily routine, you can dramatically improve your game. And you don’t have to go to the golf course or driving range, you can do these exercises at home.

Introducing the Shortee Practice Training Club and Cardiogolf Instructional Videos. Great for indoor swing training and off-season conditioning. When you purchase the Shortee Practice Training Club you’ll receive Cardiogolf Instructional Videos to download and follow on your computer, tablet or smart phone.

The New Cardiogolf Shortee Training Club & 20 Video Series includes drills and exercises to help golfers improve their technique and no ball is required.  Making practice swings instead of hitting balls is a better way to improve your swing technique. If you are trying to learn the swing or make a swing change, rehearsing the move without hitting a ball will assure that you are actually doing the correct move. Repeating the motion that you want to achieve will help ingrain the move into your real swing.

Watch the videos and simply follow along as Karen takes you through a battery of drills to help you improve your game and get some exercise at the same time.

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Pump Drill for More Power

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 rotate your lower body towards the target and fling your arms to hit the ball.

Where a lot of people go wrong, especially on the downswing, is they never quite get their core rotating towards the target.  They either come over the top with upper body or hang back and use only hands and arms to hit the ball.  To get more power, you’ll want to use your core muscles.

Pump Drill

Check out this simple exercise that appears on Golf Channel Academy to engage your core on the downswing.

One way to get a more automatic swing is to do drills and exercises without hitting shots. When you repeat drills, you ingrain the feelings and you improve faster.  When you do drills, making several repetitions, your muscles start to get feel and you don’t have to think so much.

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Ball Position for Solid Irons

Everything you do before you hit the ball determines the outcome of the shot. If you are inconsistent with your ball position at address, you will be inconsistent with your shots.

Ball position for short irons should be in the center of your stance. As you progress to longer clubs, move the ball a half of a rotation towards the target.

Here’s a quick tip to make sure that you position the ball correctly and consistently with irons.

Ball Position Drill 

  • Start with your 9-iron.  Set-up with your feet together so that the ball is directly in line with your sternum.  Take equal steps with both your back foot and front foot to shoulder width stance.  Ball position remains below your sternum in the middle of the stance.
  • This position will help you have a descending blow to the ball which is required for an iron. The clubhead will bottom out just after the ball and you’ll take a shallow divot.
  • Practice using this method to address the ball every swing and you will become more consistent with the ball position.
  • As you progress to longer clubs, move the ball a half of a rotation towards the target.

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Stretch Your Game

Flexibility promotes a more consistent, efficient and powerful swing by helping you:

1. Reduce unwanted compensations. This is when one part of your body has to stretch further as there is a restriction in another. By doing this there is a large amount of stress on certain areas and can result in injury. For example: restricted hip motion causes excessive spinal rotation and or shoulder movement and vice versa. And if the hips back and shoulders are tight, excessive head, arm and/or wrist movement occurs, all of which can alter the swing plane, posture and cause injury in those areas.

2. Maintaine posture. Flexibility can help with your posture throughout the swing. Miss hits are more likely when you are unable to maintain your spine angles. By this happening other postures will be lost at the ankles, knees, hips and trunk.

3. Creating a full unrestricted shoulder turn: By being more flexible you are able to have a bigger and more controlled shoulder turn. Having a bigger shoulder turn you can generate more power and distance

4. Making you body aware. Body awareness is very important when looking at a golf swing. There are sensors in muscles, tendons and joints that communicate body position, direction and rate of movement to our brain which then provides immediate feedback to alter a movement if necessary. When a movement is restricted this communication is less than optimal and performance can be compromised.

So the main question is: How do we become more flexible? 

The simple answer is stretch! No matter what sport you play stretching and warming up is essential. For the body to move more efficiently a warm up is essential and stretching is part of this.

As athletes get older stretching becomes even more important for reducing injury. A golf swing is very dynamic and stretching techniques help with the efficiency. Stretching must be an important part of you pre golf routine. It’s easy to do and doesn’t cost anything! So before hitting balls on the range or teeing off it is important to stretch. Old or current injuries, especially those involving the spine need to be taken into consideration so it is worth speaking to a sports specialist or PGA Professional to design the right flexibility program for you.

Click here to download the FREE Cardiogolf E-Book to learn how to warm up before your round of golf. 

Pre-Season Check Points-Alignment

If you live in the Southeast like I do, golf season has already started.  The warm weather pushes people outside and on to the golf course.  To start your season out right, do a few quick fundamental checks to make sure that you start your golf season on the right track.

If you have a hard time aligning yourself up on the golf course, try this quick inside alignment drill to assure you are aiming at your target.

Quick Alignment Check

  1. Aim down your target line.
  2. Place a club along your foot line.
  3. Your feet should  not align at your target.  If  your feet are pointing directly at your target or any other direction except for parallel to target line,  you will have to make swing compensations.
  4. You need to adjust your set up until you are aligned correctly.

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