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100 Cardiogolf Drills and Exercises with the Shortee Club-Alignment Drill

Alignment is the easiest fundamental to work on, and probably

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Practice something about your game everyday. #CardioGolfChallenge

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.

Use the Cardiogolf ‘Shortee’ Club to practice everyday.  If you don’t have room to swing a regular golf indoors or you can’t make it to the golf course or driving range, use the Cardiogolf ‘Shortee’ Club to practice anywhere and at anytime.

100 Cardiogolf Drills and Exercises

  1. Set-Up Practice
  2. Grip Practice
  3. Back Arm Only Drill
  4. Impact Drill
  5. Forward Lunge with Arm Extension
  6. Front Arm Only Drill
  7. Back Arm Only Drill on an Uphill Slope
  8. Hand Placement 
  9. Squats with Arm Extension
  10. Back Arm Only Drill on a Downhill Slope
  11. Overhead Arm Reach
  12. Front Arm Only Drill on a Downhill Slope

Today we focus on alignment-

Alignment is the easiest fundamental to work on, and probably one of the most neglected principles of golf. A good shot is useless unless it is going toward your intended target.

First, you align the clubface square to your target line, and then you align your body. One of the biggest mistakes I see, as a teacher, is when people line up their body to the target first, then set the clubface down to the ball. This sequence usually makes people misalign their bodies, causing them to twist and turn inappropriately to get the ball to the target. Do not make the mistake that 90 percent of higher-handicappers do by not taking the time to align the body correctly.

The easiest and most effective way to practice your alignment correctly is to set-up in an alignment station.

Alignment Drill

  1. Place a club  or alignment rod down on the ground, pointing it parallel to your target. With a secure grip and stepping forward with your back foot, set the clubface down behind the ball with the leading edge perpendicular to your target line.
  2. Then set your front foot into position and adjust your back foot into place so that both are parallel to your target line.
  3. Your feet, hips, knees, shoulders and even eye line should be parallel to your target line. Avoid aiming your body at the target. This closes you off and promotes an inside-out swing or makes you hook the ball excessively.  You may even come over the top on the downswing to pull the ball back towards your target.
  4. Practice hitting to targets in an alignment station  so you can teach yourself to aim correctly.

Practice something about your game everyday. #CardioGolfChallenge

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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.

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