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Cardiogolf Daily Dose-Vitalize Your Game by Improving Your Endurance

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This is your Cardiogolf 5-Minute Golf and Fitness Break where we work our golf games and get into shape at the same time.

Practice something about your game everyday. #CardioGolfChallenge

This exercise combines heart pumping exercise to increase your heart rate to improve endurance and rotation to help improve your golf swing.

Watch Karen Palacios-Jansen demonstrate this ‘cardio’ exercise.

Jump with Rotation
  1. Start in a modified golf stance.
  2. Hop or jump and then rotate and squat to one side.
  3. Touch your fingertips to the floor.
  4. Hop or jump back up and repeat rotation on opposite side.
  5. Do 8 to 10 repetitions on both sides.

To modify, squat without the jump.

Golf, although not thought of a strenuous activity, requires a higher level of fitness than most people would think. In a single round, a golfer will swing an estimated average of 300 swings (including practice swings) and walk seven to eight thousand yards, the equivalent of four to five miles. Swinging a club over and over again twists the neck, back, shoulders and arms unnaturally, the physical stress loads become substantial. Overall fitness and endurance play a critical role in the game. Stronger, fitter, more flexible athletes hit a ball further and straighter, have better touch around the greens and respond better under pressure in the closing holes than do their weaker counterparts.

The term “the wheels are falling off” usually comes mid-round when you start to lose focus and your muscles start to fatigue. One way to alleviate this syndrome, is to work on increasing your endurance or stamina. The definition of endurance is the capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear.

Aerobic exercise also known as endurance exercise or ‘cardio’- is when oxygenated blood is pumped by the heart to muscles in the body.

The term aerobic actually means “with oxygen,” which means that breathing controls the amount of oxygen that can make it to the muscles to help them burn fuel and move. The more you increase your aerobic capacity, the more endurance and stamina you will have on the golf course.

The American Heart Association recommends that everyone reach a minimum of 30 minutes of some form of cardiovascular exercise 5 to 7 days per week.

Start by adding short burst of ‘cardio’ exercises into your daily routine to improve your endurance.

Click here to see my favorite training aide. 


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.comis a ‘must-see’ resource for golf and fitness instruction. Follow Karen online on Twitter and Facebook.

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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.