Category Archives: Vitalize Your Game

Stay in the Game with KT-TAPE

Earlier this year, I filmed a series of golf tips for my Cardiogolf Video Series (available this summer) and, at the time of filming, I suffered a bout of ‘tennis elbow.’  ‘Tennis elbow’ is a term used to describe the pain that develops on the outside portion of a person’s upper arm. While I have played tennis in the past, I actually got ‘tennis elbow’ from playing golf.  Many tennis players develop this condition, but golfer’s also suffer from this affliction, due to the repetitive motion of the golf swing.

‘Tennis elbow’ is the inflammation of the outside portion of the elbow resulting in soreness and tenderness. Causes of tennis elbow may include overuse or gripping objects too tightly.

To help alliviate my pain and get me ‘back in the game’, so I could film my Cardiogolf video tips, I used KT TAPE on my arm. The green tape that you see on the outside of my left arm in the photo.

KT TAPE helps treat this condition by relieving pressure, relaxing associated muscles, and increasing circulation.

What is KT TAPE

KT TAPE is an elastic sports and fitness tape designed for muscle, ligament and tendon pain relief and support. World class athletes have been using  it for years because of its ability to accelerate healing, increase circulation and relieve muscle pain and swelling, which can help improve performance.

How does KT TAPE work-

KT TAPE is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons (soft tissue) to provide a lightweight, external support that helps you remain active while recovering from injuries. KT TAPE creates neuromuscular feedback (called proprioception) that inhibits (relaxes) or facilitates stronger firing of muscles and tendons. This feedback creates support elements without the bulk and restriction commonly associated with wraps and heavy bracing.

For me KT TAPE has allowed me to play, practice and teach golf with much less pain. But don’t just take my word you should try it yourself.

Click here to see how to use KT TAPE for ‘tennis elbow’.

Vitalize Your Game-Anti-Slice Drill

A slice (when the ball curves left to right for a right-handed golfer), in golf,  is one of the most common swing ailments.   The slice most commonly occurs when the clubface is open relative to the swing path and/or when the swing follows an “out to in” or “over the top” swing path.  The shoulders are open to the target line at the moment of impact as in the photo to the far left.

Many times a slicer opens up the shoulders too quickly on the downswing causing the clubhead to tip over and cut across the intended target line.  This path, of ‘outside to in’, combined with an open clubface at impact will cause the ball to spin from left to right.

To counter this move, try hitting some shots with a closed stance.

Anti-Slice Drill-

  1. Place a club or alignment stick on the ground to represent your target line.
  2. Set up to hit a normal shot where your stance is ‘square’ to the target line as in the middle photo.
  3. Slide your right foot back, so that the toe of the right foot is in line with the heel of the left foot (for the right-handed golfer), thus closing your stance, as in the far right photo.
  4. Swing normally and hit a shot.

Closing your stance will do a couple of things:

  1. It will help you create a more powerful turn.
  2. A closed stance will help the club path to stay more on line or even a little inside the line so that you can rotate the clubface through impact and hit a shot with more ‘right to left’ spin.