Cardiogolf Can Help Your Golf Game

What is Cardiogolf?

Cardiogolf is a 60-minute golf-specific workout that is taught by certified instructors using an area in a gym or at a practice range. Using the specially designed Cardio Club participants learn exercises to promote better swing mechanics, flexibility, strength and balance throughout the golf swing. The exercises are set to music which makes this program ideal for a group exercise class. It accommodates every golfer regardless of gender, age and skill level or fitness level.

Who developed Cardiogolf?

The Cardiogolf Fitness Program was created by Karen Palacios-Jansen.  Karen, an AFAA certified personal trainer and LPGA teaching professional and is managing editor of Golf Fitness Magazine.  Over the years she has instructed hundreds of professional and amateur golfers using this unique and effective program and has been featured in several top golf publications illustrating this success.

Why Cardiogolf?

Karen used to have a dilemma: spend her free time working out or working on her golf swing.  Golf may be good mental exercise, but as far as a physical exertion it can’t compete with aerobics.  So she got to thinking, maybe she could do both at the same time.

Learning to play golf requires a lot of time, effort and money.  To play consistently, you must spend countless hours at a golf course. To achieve power, you must train your body, spending time in the gym lifting weights and stretching most days of the week.

Through analysis and research Karen developed a program that revolutionizes how people learn and practice the game of golf.  Cardiogolf is a way for golfers to improve their swing mechanics and fitness levels at the same time.

To view a clip of Cardiogolf visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjpzBkbKIWY

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Hit the Ball Straighter Not Harder for More Distance

To get more distance , try hitting the ball straighter instead of harder.  Concentrate on hitting the ball in the sweetspot of the clubface. If you have ever hit the sweetspot, you know that these shots fly farther than the shots you hit off-center in the heel or the toe.  For every quarter inch you hit the ball outside the sweetspot, you lose up to 10 yards of distance. So for maximum power, improve your swing technique to consistently hit the ball in the center of the clubface.

Watch this video to help you understand how to the ball more solid, in the center of the clubface.

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KPJ Answers Your Questions

Question: I started playing golf about a year now and my handicap is around +25 and under. My average driving distances around 245 yards consistently. My problem is my short game irons, especially with my 3,4,5 irons. I find it harder to hit good with these irons than my woods or the driver. I need help! Thanks, Tim

Answer: Technically the 3,4 and 5 irons are called long irons not short irons. They are the longest irons in the bag and the most difficult to hit. The have a very small club face and very little loft, so you have to strike the ball perfect at impact to hit them well.

Here are a few tips to help you with your “long irons”;
To consistently hit the sweetspot for maximum distance, you should strive to swing with a square clubface at all times. Unless, of course, you are trying to hit an intentional curve ball.
If your grip is correct, then it will be easy to return the clubface square impact. If you have a faulty grip, then the clubface cannot be squared at impact or you will have to make compensations. To determine your clubface position at address and impact, hold the club out in front of you with your left hand (if you are a right-handed golfer) so that the shaft is parallel to the ground. The leading edge should be straight up and down. Then stretch your arm out as far as possible and check the clubface. Ideally, the leading edge should stay square. If the clubface twists open or closed, then this is how the clubface will hit the ball at impact. If you continually hit shots to the right, then your clubface is open at impact. When the clubface is closed at impact your shots will shoot off to the left. Adjust your grip and setup until you achieve a square clubface.

Golf Exercise of the Week: Plank

Core muscles, which include the abdominal and back muscles, are essential to the golf swing to create power. Strengthening the core can be done with a simple plank exercise.Plank exercises can be done almost anywhere at any time. Performing plank exercises on a regular basis will help strengthen muscles to improve golf swing and prevent injury.

How to Perform the Plank:

1. Lie face down on the floor. Using forearms and toes slowly push your body up off of the floor balancing on your forearms and toes.

2. Contract your abdominal muscles while keeping your head, neck and shoulders aligned with hips and legs.

3. Hold position for 10 seconds working up to holding position for 60 seconds.

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Core Muscles are Essential to the Golf Swing

Core muscles, which include the abdominals and the low back, are essential to the golf swing to create power. Strengthening the core can be done with simple plank exercises. To learn how to do these and other golf-specific exercises click here…

Plank exercises can be done almost anywhere at any time. Performing plank exercises on a regular basis will help strengthen muscles to improve golf swing and prevent injury.

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Lie face down on the floor and get up into a push-up position.  You can also use forearms and toes to push your body up off of the floor balancing only on your forearms and toes. Contract your abdominal muscles while keeping your head, neck and shoulders aligned with hips and legs. Hold position for 10 seconds working up to holding position for 60 second

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Doing plank exercises can help you maintain stronger posture in your set up.

To learn how to do these and other golf-specific exercises click here…

Karen Palacios-Jansen is an LPGA Teaching Professional and Certified Personal Trainer.  She developed Cardiogolf, a golf-specific fitness system available at KPJgolf.com.

 

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