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Cardiogolf 1K Practice Swing Challenge Days 20, 21 and 22

The challenge is straightforward-simply make 1000 practice swings during the month  to improve your swing technique and increase clubhead speed.

You don’t need to go to the driving range or golf course, you can simply make practice swings in your garage or living room at home a few minutes a day (just make sure that you don’t whack the ceiling or walls!)

If you don’t have enough room to swing a regular club, use a soccer ball or tennis racquet to simulate a golf club.
Days 20, 21 and 22
Just do it.  Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and do things you don’t feel like doing.  It is easy to skip exercise because you are tired or you have other things to do, but don’t do it.  If you can’t exercise every day, don’t punish yourself and give up. Just do it the next day. If you do 30 practice swings a day for 30 days, you’ll have done almost 1000 swings and be on your way to grooving a consistent swing.

Break it Down-make 30 practice swings a day for 30 days and you will have made 900 swings over the course of a month.  Okay, so it is not exactly a 1000 swings, but close enough (if you really want to get technical, you’ll have to take 33.3333 swing per day to reach 1000 practice swings).  The amount is not the point, the point is to be consistent with your practice; take a few minutes out of your day to work on your golf swing and get some exercise.

Thirty practice swings take approximately 2 minutes to complete.  Watch me do it…click here to see video…

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Cardiogolf-The ‘Shake Hands’ Drill

“The best psychologist in the world is a square clubface at impact” – Ben Hogan

To be a consistent ball striker, you should strive to swing with a square clubface at all times, unless, of course, you are trying to intentionally curve the ball. Golf is a hard enough game hitting the ball straight, let alone fighting an open or closed clubface at impact.

With a correct grip, your hand and wrist should rotate the clubhead so it stays square to the body throughout the swing. When the club is parallel to the ground, the toe of the club will point up. This is a square clubface. The palm of your right hand and the back of your left hand (if you are right-handed) should end up in what we instructors call the “shake hands” position. As you follow through, again the hands and wrists rotate so that when the club is parallel to the ground once again the toe of the club will point up.

Shake Hands Drill

  1. Check the halfway position in your golf swing and strive to keep the clubface square.
  2. Stop at this position frequently to check clubface.

Cardiogolf 1000 Practice Swing Challenge Days 26, 27 and 28

Break it Down-make 30 practice swings a day for 30 days and you will have made 900 swings over the course of a month.  Okay, so it is not exactly a 1000 swings, but close enough (if you really want to get technical, you’ll have to take 33.3333 swing per day to reach 1000 practice swings).  The amount is not the point, the point is to be consistent with your practice; take a few minutes out of your day to work on your golf swing and get some exercise.
Days 26, 27 and 28
Making practice swings instead of hitting balls is a better way to improve your swing technique.  If you are trying to 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.
As you make practice swings, try to simulate a real swing as much as possible.  Visualize a real golf shot.  Set up as if you were going to hit a real shot.  When you finish your swing, hold your finish and stay in balance.  Watch your shot go down the fairway or land on the green. 

 

Cardiogolf 1000 Practice Swing Challenge Days 23, 24 and 25

Break it Down-make 30 practice swings a day for 30 days and you will have made 900 swings over the course of a month.  Okay, so it is not exactly a 1000 swings, but close enough (if you really want to get technical, you’ll have to take 33.3333 swing per day to reach 1000 practice swings).  The amount is not the point, the point is to be consistent with your practice; take a few minutes out of your day to work on your golf swing and get some exercise.
Days 23, 24 and 25
How is your hip mobility? This test measures the mobility in your hamstrings and lower back, but can also detect certain problems or stiffness in your hips, which can limit a proper set up for your full swing short or putting stroke. If you are unable to perform this test, you will not be able to maintain your posture (body angles) throughout your swing, which will make it difficult to keep the club on plane. Low test results may also be related to loss of power, loss of posture and swaying
Studies show that it takes at least 21 consecutive days of doing a new skill to make that action a habit.  You have been practicing for more than 21 days now, so this practice routine should start to feel natural.  You have formed a new good habit.  Whether you continue with this challenge or do other exercise, the routine should feel like a part of your day.   Good job!

Thirty practice swings take approximately 2 minutes to complete.  Watch me do it…click here to see video…

Take the challenge with me.   or post a note  on my Facebook page letting me know that you are up for the challenge.  Feel free to post pictures of yourselves practicing.  I will post reminders and more tips this month to help you achieve your goal of 1000 practice swings this month.

Off-Season Golf Fitness Training

Strength, flexibility, coordination and balance will help golfers of all levels play their best golf. Choosing what exercises to do to change your swing faults and to strengthen your weaknesses are the key to dramatically improving your game. However, with a number exercises and routines to choose from plus other compounding factors such lack of time and money, there are a few things to consider:

1. Effective routines will be those types that you can easily perform and stick with for a longer period of time. Avoid complicated, time consuming routines.  Golf fitness is about finding the right balance of exercise, practice and play.  You can dramatically improve your game with just a few exercises a day. No need to spend hours in the gym.

2. Choose routines that can be performed in your home or at your gym where you are already a member. There is no need to join expensive specialized gyms or buy bulky expensive equipment. Most of the golf specific routines that I demonstrate can be done with minimal equipment and in the comfort of your own home.

3. Choose routines that are safe and effective for your particular needs.  Avoid unsafe exercises and routines that will make you so sore that you abandon them only after a few days.  Golf fitness is a lifestyle, you will want to choose exercises that can not only help your golf game, but help keep you in shape and healthy for life.

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If you’re just picking up the game of golf or trying to improve the state of your game, watch this tip by LPGA Professional Karen Palacios-Jansen. Karen does a great job of explaining the key positions of the golf swing. 

KPJ’s Teaching Philosophy-

I focus on teaching my students the fundamentals of the swing.  I try not to get too technical or position oriented.  I think a golf swing is about getting the clubface square at impact with rhythm and tempo. I try to adjust my instruction to the ability, interests and motivations of the player I am teaching.

Together we will spend time developing an appropriate approach for them to play the game and help them set and achieve short and long terms goals.

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