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This is Cardiogolf

A Note From Karen: This is my 1000th blog post!  Thanks to all my clients, readers, followers and Nike Golf for your support. My passion is golf and fitness.  I hope that I can continue to deliver content to help improve people’s lives through golf and fitness. 

Professional golfers know the importance of athletic development for golf. As a recreational, 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. I’ve teamed up with my friends at GolfGym to help design the Shortee Practice Training Club, it’s 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 that you simply  follow the videos on your computer, tablet or smart phone.

Visit cardiogolf.com to get your own Shortee Practice Training Club and Videos today!

Cardiogolf video series includes drills and exercises to help golfers of all levels improve their swing technique and get some exercise at the same time.

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.

Master LPGA Teaching Professional Karen Palacios-Jansen demonstrates swing drills and exercises in this video series that can be done at home with minimal equipment. Using the Shortee Practice Training Club, Karen takes you through a batter of exercises to improve your game and get some exercise at the same time.

Video Series includes:

  1. Half-Way Back
  2. Top of the Backswing
  3. Transition
  4. Impact
  5. Release
  6. Finish
  7. Weight Shift Drill
  8. Back Arm Only Drill
  9. Front Arm Only Drill
  10. Wrist Hinge Drill
  11. On-Plane Drill
  12. Wide Takeaway Drill
  13. Uphill Lie Drill
  14. Downhill Lie Drill
  15. Pump Drill
  16. Step and Swing Drill
  17. Step Weight Shift Drill
  18. Swing Positions Drill
  19. Speed Progression Drill
  20. Speed Drill

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. Visit Cardiogolf.com to get your Shortee Practice Training Club and Video Series.

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Cardiogolf’s Shortee Tutorial

Professional golfers know the importance of athletic development for golf. As a recreational, 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.

How to Set-Up to Shortee Club

Introducing the New GolfGym 23″ Shortee Training Club. Great for indoor swing training and off-season conditioning.

My friends at GolfGym were inspired by my Cardiogolf program and designed the New GolfGym 23″ Shortee Training Club for my students to practice indoors just like I do in Cardiogolf.

In Cardiogolf class, I use short practice clubs to do exercises and swing drills.  The club is short for a couple of reasons:

  • the short club is easy to swing indoors without hitting the walls or ceilings
  • the clubhead is closer to your hands, so it is easy to monitor the clubface and learn how to square the face at impact
  • since you are not hitting balls with the short club, there is no judgement of where the ball goes, so you can work on your technique without getting frustrated
  • the club is lighter than a regular club, so you can learn to swing the club faster to develop clubhead speed

Making practice swings will not only tone your muscle and burn some calories, but the act of swinging over and over again can help you improve your swing technique and improve muscular endurance.

Our practice swings are usually smoother, longer and more on-plane with better tempo than our real swings.  As you make practice swings, you can focus on making certain motions to improve technique such as making a fuller shoulder turn, keeping your spine angle throughout the swing and shifting your weight correctly.

As you make practice swings, you can swing faster than you usually do to help you get used to swinging faster to improve clubhead speed. As you make practice swings, you can work on certain moves in your swing without worrying where the ball is going.

A few things to think about while you are making your practice swings…

  • Look down at where a ball would be and try to simulate hitting a ball as much as possible
  • Work on your swing fundamentals.  Monitor your posture, alignment, ball position and grip to make sure they are correct
  • Keep your head level throughout your swing
  • Complete each practice swing by holding your finish for a moment, as if you were watching your ball fly down the fairway
  • Imagine the perfect golf shot as you swing
  • Finish in balance
  • Start each swing from the beginning; don’t swing back and forth continuously
  • Make each swing as if you were hitting a real shot

Click here to order your own New GolfGym 23″ Shortee Training Club.

A new way to practice: Cardiogolf video series includes drills and exercises to help golfers of all levels improve their swing technique and get some exercise at the same time. Click here to see a New Way to Practice.

Click here to see my favorite training aide. 

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Keys to Consistency

I recently was made aware of a young girl from Pakistan, named Rabia, who loves to play golf from my friends at Womensgolf.com. Womensgolf.com is a golf instructional website that is inspiring women from all over the world and encouraging them to play golf. Rabia asked for some help with her swing. Rabia has a beautiful swing and is already doing a lot of great things in her swing, but she would like some more consistency.

The key to being consistent, no matter what level player you are, is to make sure that the clubface is square at impact.  The legendary Ben Hogan once said that the best golf psychologist in the world is a square clubface.  To achieve a square clubface, you need to make sure your grip is correct and that you start the clubface on the correct path on the backswing because that sets up how the clubface will approach the ball on the downswing.

Here are my suggestions for Rabia to become more consistent. So fun to see girls playing golf from all over the world.  Check out Rabia’s swing.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ3pKjdAswL/

Rabia Swing Analysis

Rabia,

You do a lot of great things in your swing. You have a beautiful turn and weight shift.   I love your set up.  It looks very athletic.  There are just two things that I want you to focus on for now in your swing to help you become more consistent:

  1. Monitor your grip, specifically your left hand.  You want to make sure that the ‘v’ that your thumb and forefinger form point to the right side of your face, so that the grip of the left hand is a little more in your fingers and in a little stronger position.  Watch the video below to see how to place your hands on the grip.
  2. The takeaway. This is very important in the swing because the way you start your swing back determines how square the clubface will be at impact.  Ideally, you want that clubface to stay square to your body as you take it away.  Avoid letting the clubface roll open on the takeaway.  Watch the video below to see a simple drill for the takeaway.

    Please keep me posted with your progress.  I would like to encourage you to join the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Club.  Check out their website for more information-https://www.girlsgolf.org

Your friend,

Karen

Karen Palacios-Jansen

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Hanging with a LPGA Legend

Back in 1950, 13 women dreamed of playing professional golf. A tour did not exist for women, so if they wanted to play for a living, they needed to band together to form a tour of their own. They established the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), which is now the oldest continuing women’s professional sports organization in the United States.  There were 14 tournaments with $100,000 in total prize money in that first season of existence. Now 66 years later, the LPGA Tour has more than 30 tournaments in one year and the women play for more than $60 million in total prize money.

I had the unique opportunity to attend the LPGA’s JTBC Founders Cup tournament in Phoenix, Arizona last week at the Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa.  The tournament is designed as a tribute to the founders of the LPGA. I was able to spend the day with one of the original founding members Marilynn Smith. Nicknamed “Miss Personality”, Ms. Smith lived up to her reputation, entertaining me the entire day with stories of the tour in the early days as she held court with spectators and mingled with tour players who would go out of their way to come and say hi to her even in the middle of their rounds.

Ms. Smith was instrumental in developing the tour into what it is today.  She along with the 12 other founding members including Alice Bauer, Patty Berg, Bettye Danoff, Helen Detweiler, Marlene Bauer Hagge, Helen Hicks, Opal Hill, Betty Jameson, Sally Sessions, Shirley Spork, Louise Suggs and Babe Zaharias did whatever it took to get the tour off the ground. She told me that they just tried to survive, day by day. They not only had to play in the golf tournaments and practice their games, but they had to run the events they were playing in, they also had to market the tour and promote it and then sometimes drive 1,600 miles to the next tournament.

Ms. Smith, who won 21 tournaments, became the first golfer in LPGA history, in 1971, to score a double-eagle. She was a 2006 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame.  She played in her last LPGA event in 1985, but has remained active in promoting the LPGA and women’s golf ever since. She was a co-founder of the LPGA’s T&CP which is the Teaching and Club Professional Division of the LPGA organization.

As a member of the LPGA T&CP for more than 20 years and now vice-president, I can’t thank Marilynn Smith and the 12 other founding members, as well as other LPGA pioneer tour players and teachers, enough for elevating the status of women’s golf to what it is today and for forging a path for women like myself to pursue my dreams and make a living in the golf industry.

References:

  1. http://golf.about.com/od/progolftours/tp/lpga-founders.htm
  2. http://www.lpga.com/tcp/historytcp
  3. http://www.worldgolfhalloffame.org/marilynn-smith/