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Cardiogolf Daily Dose-Add a Jump to Your Plank for More Power

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By adding the jumping movement to the plank exercise will turn this core strength exercise into an endurance exercise as well that elevates your heart rate to increase your stamina on and off the golf course.

Plank with Jump
  1. Start in an athletic position.
  2. Jump up and then drop into a plank position.
  3. Return to the start position and repeat.
  4. Do 8 to 10 repetitions.

To modify, skip the jump and simply walk out into the plank position without the high impact move.

How Planks Can Improve Your Putting

When you are strong in your core and hips it is easier to stay in a bent over position and keep the lower body stable.  When you are strong in your core, your muscles protect your low back from long hours of putting practice.

When you are strong and flexible in your shoulders, arms and neck, it is easier to stay relaxed with the upper body and keep the head steady during the putting strong.

When you are strong in your arms and hands, it is easier to have a lighter more relaxed grip to stroke the putt more smoothly.

When you are stronger and more flexible, it is easier to have longer more fluid putting motion. If you are weak and inflexible, your putting stroke will be short and choppy.   You get the picture: stronger and fitter is better.

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Karen Palacios-Jansen is a LPGA Class A Teaching Professional and a Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Golf Fitness. Karen serves as the National Vice President of the LPGA Teaching And Club Professionals Membership and has been voted as one of America’s  “Top 50 Golf-Fitness Professionals” by Golf Digest Magazine and  “Top 50 Instructor” by LPGA.  Karen received the prestigious LPGA National Teacher of the Year award in 2008.

LPGA Teaching and Course ProfessionalsKaren Palacios-Jansen is the creator of Cardiogolf, a golf-fitness program available at Cardiogolf.comKaren’s website at www.kpjgolf.com is a ‘must-see’ resource for golf and fitness instruction. Follow Karen online on Twitterand Facebook.

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Cardiogolf Daily Dose-Uphill and Downhill Lie Drills

In my opinion, daily practice is the key to success towards any goal.  Making 10 practice swings a day or exercising for 5 minutes everyday will get you playing better and in better shape than  exercising or practicing for two or three hours once a week.

First of all, it is always hard to find big chunks of time to do massive workouts or beat balls on the driving range.  Secondly, the long workouts or practice sessions usually lead to fatigued swings, injuries and ingrained bad habits.

There is something to be said about the momentum of taking small daily steps towards a goal that is cumulatively better than taking big steps with less frequency.

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When you play golf, you almost never have a completely flat lie on the golf course like you do at the practice range.  It may be difficult to recreate those sidehill, downhill and uphill lies on the practice range, but you can do it at  the gym or at home.

Simply taking practice swings with your stance at different levels can help prepare you for how it will feel on the golf course.  Use a step or bench to simulate the uneven slope.  Start with an uphill lie. Place your front foot on the bench so that you simulate an uphill lie.

The idea is to make a full turn and weight shift despite the restriction you may feel because of the uneven stance.

Cardiogolf-Trim Your Score, Shape Your Swing

Stay On-Course with Your Health and Wellness

Cardiogolf teams up with Zija International, the leaders in the Natural Health Revolution, to offer golfers of all abilities cutting-edge health and wellness products.

Would you change the way you eat if you knew certain foods could help you play better golf?

Managing your food intake, hydration levels and adding certain nutrients to your diet can not only help you concentrate and focus more on the golf course, but it can also help you keep your heartbeat steady as you make an important shot or putt, help your muscles fire faster for more power, help you fight fatigue so you can play and practice longer and even help you keep your cool after a bad shot. More importantly good nutrition is good for your overall health and well-being.

We all know the importance that fitness, swing mechanics and equipment can have on our golf games, but are you eating the right foods to sustain enough energy throughout your round to play your best golf? The best equipment in the world won’t make a difference if you don’t have energy to get you around the course. We do not hear as much about nutrition for golf, but rest assured that the most elite golfers of the world follow some sort of diet to provide them with the energy-output they need to play their best. While is it not yet the norm for golfers to follow a specialized nutrition program, it will soon become so.

By simply adding a few Zija products into your daily routine and making simple diet modifications, you can dramatically improve your golf game and more importantly your health and well-being.

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Cardiogolf 1000 Practice Swing Challenge

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Day 6-Cardiogolf 1000 Practice Swing Challenge-Simplify Your Set-Up

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Cardiogolf 1000 Practice Swing Challenge

The challenge is straightforward-simply make 1000 practice swings, 30 swings a day, 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 the ‘Shortee Practice Training Club’ by GolfGym.  Click here for more information. 

On-Course Golf Tip-Simplify Your Set-Up for Both Driver and Irons

Keep your set-up simple. Use the same set-up for your iron and driver. The ball position differs for a driver and irons, but the distance you are to the ball remains the same. Watch the video to see how to simplify your set up.

Off-Course Fitness Tip-Half Kneeling Rotation: Test flexibility between upper and lower body

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.

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Day 1 Cardiogolf 1000 Practice Swing Challenge

A note from Karen:

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 the ‘Shortee Practice Training Club’ by GolfGym.  Click here for more information. 

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.

Day 1

A lot of people overlook the importance of the grip in the golf swing.  Whether you have a conventional or non-conventional grip, the most important factor is that it allows you to square the clubface at impact. Watch the video to see how to place your hands of the club for a square clubface.

Grip Essentials

Nobody’s hands are the same, so you grip might not be the same as your fellow player’s, but that doesn’t mean it is wrong. How you join your hands together is up to you. There are three basic grip choices to find one that best suits you. Use whatever grip feels comfortable to you. Most importantly, use the grip that helps you square the clubface at impact with the least effort. Experiment with your grip by hitting balls with the different grips to see what works best.

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Improve Your Golf Swing and Lower Your Score with this Cardiogolf Exercise- Core Rotators

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 This exercise will help you with your body motion to improve your turn and weight shift.  This is a variation of other core rotators that we have done in this program.

Core Rotators
  1. Loop a club behind your back as shown.
  2. Assume a golf stance.
  3. For the first part of this exercise, keep your legs and hips stable, rotate your body from side to side, taking your shoulders and core through full range of motion.
  4. For the second part of the exercise, add hip turn and weight shift to simulate the body motion of the golf swing.
  5. Do 8 to 10 repetitions.

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.

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