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The Legend of an Amazing Man - Frank Stranahan.

The Legend of an Amazing Man – Frank Stranahan.

The Legend of an Amazing Man – Frank Stranahan.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Frank Richard Stranahan was an American sportsman.

He had significant success in both amateur and professional golf. He was ranked number one in his weight class in powerlifting from 1945 to 1954, and he became known on the golf course and off as the “Toledo Strongman.”  Long before the modern game combined golf and fitness. After he retired from tournament golf in the early 1960s, he became a prolific long-distance runner, competing in 102 marathons.

The Legend of an Amazing Man - Frank Stranahan.

Frank won 10 Amateur Titles, including the British Amateur (twice) and Canadian Amateur.

Frank Stranahan was one of the first to emphasize the importance of strength and fitness to golf.  He mentored many Tour Players on the benefits of exercise, including the great Gary Player.  Who, to this day, works out diligently to keep in shape!

The Legend of an Amazing Man - Frank Stranahan.

Frank Stranahan was a fitness fanatic and stayed in shape his whole life.

Stranahan’s most remarkable personal feat, a footnote in anglo history, is that he helped save a British tradition unequal in world sporting competition, The Open Championship.

After World War II, when most American golfers avoided competing “across the pond,” Stranahan played in eight consecutive Open Championships.  And was runner-up in 1947 and 1953. His personal support, along with the 1961 and 1962 wins of Arnold Palmer, revived, sustained, and returned the Open Championship’s greatness.  By encouraging other top Americans to compete, despite the low prize funds of that era.

The Legend of an Amazing Man - Frank Stranahan.

Frank was the “All American Boy” with his good looks and amazing athleticism.
He won 5 PGA Tour events.

Stranahan suffered significant family misfortune. His wife Ann, whom he married in 1954, was herself a top-class amateur golfer.  She finished runner-up in the 1960 Canadian Women’s Amateur.  Ann died at age 45 from cancer. His eldest son Frank Jr. died from cancer at age 11. His second son Jimmy died of a drug overdose in Houston, Texas, at age 19. Stranahan’s father also died from cancer.

Frank Stranahan passed away on June 23, 2013, aged 90, at his home in Miami Beach, Florida.  Where he had lived for many years.

Read more about this amazing man – click here, and to see more pictures of him, click here.

Source: Wikipedia

Pictures: Toledo Blade   100 Percent Authentic   The Hillman Blog

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Guess which important body part you're forgetting to exercise?

Guess which important body part you’re forgetting to exercise?

Guess which important body part you’re forgetting to exercise?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

These days, golf fitness experts emphasize strengthening and conditioning for the core muscles, the quadricep muscles, and the glutes. (Thanks, Tiger!)  

That is fine, but one area that I think gets neglected is the Achilles’ tendons and the calve muscles. If you know someone who has snapped their Achilles heel. . . . my son and also a neighbor recently suffered from this . . . . you know that their pain is off the charts and their recovery takes over one year. No golf for over a year – ouch!

For the best exercises with no special equipment, see what William A Pratt M.D. And Keith Jennison recommends in the ‘Year-Round Fitness’ article in Links magazine.

Bonus! You’ll also see 6 other short fitness articles here from people like Gary Player on all the parts of a golfer’s body that need to be kept in shape.

Guess which important body part you're forgetting to exercise?

Stretching at the office during the day can not only ease fatigue but improve your flexibility for your golf on the weekend!

   The Winter Issue of LINKS Magazine talks about this all-important part of the game.

Frank W. Jobe, M.D. and Diane R. Moynes, M.S. 1986.

Here’s an excellent exercise, called the Opposite Arm and Leg Lift, that strengthens the extensor muscles in your back. Starting out on your hands and knees, raise the left arm and the right leg and extend them straight out. Hold for a count of 10 (which is not easy) and then slowly lower them to the floor. Repeat with the same arm and leg and try to do 10 repetitions. Don’t switch after every exercise; complete a set of 10 using the same arm and leg. Then you can switch to the opposite arm and leg (right arm and left leg) and start another set of 10. 30 Exercises for Better Golf

Butch Harmon 1996.

If you want to improve your swing strength, escape the rough better and control your mis-hits, you must increase the strength in your hands and wrists. Purchase a set of hand grips and get into the habit of squeezing the grips a little bit every day, doing an equal number of repetitions with each hand. You might find that, at first, you can do only 10 squeezes before your hand is too fatigued to close the handle. That’s fine, don’t worry about it. Just keep at it. See if you can make it to 15 squeezes at a time, then 20. Keep your hand grips handy, even carrying them in your briefcase so that you can do a few extra squeezes at the office. The Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf

Karen Palacios-Jansen 2011.

This pose, called the Crescent Lunge, strengthens the gluteal and quadricep muscles and strengthens hip flexors, psoas and quadriceps. Hold a golf club in your right hand, resting the clubhead on the ground, and place your left hand on your left hip. Bend the right knee and place your right foot in front of you. Take the left foot behind you and lift high onto your left toes. Inhale as you slightly bend the left leg, engaging your left gluteal muscle, and press your left hip forward. Do not allow the right leg to move beyond a 90-degree angle. Keep the knee directly over your ankle and be sure to maintain proper posture. Repeat the move 10 times and switch legs. Golf Fitness

Gary Player 1995.

The pectoralis major, the large muscle in your chest, is instrumental in lifting the club and hitting the ball at impact. To train it, stand upright, holding a dumbbell in each hand, and let the arms hang next to your sides with the palms facing forward. Turn the dumbbells in toward your body so that your palms are facing outwards, and hold the contraction for five seconds. Repeat 10 times. Fit For Golf

William A. Pratt, M.D. and Kieth Jennison 1979.

This exercise is designed to stretch and condition the Achilles tendons and the muscles of your calves. If you are going to play your best golf and have your body move in harmony, these muscles and tendons must be kept in shape. Start by standing on a stair, large book or block of wood, with weight on the balls of the feet and the heels raised. Count 1, then lower your heels. Next, count 2 and raise your heels. Start with 10 repetitions and then increase to 20, and then 30, until your body almost demands it.
Year-Around Conditioning for Part-Time Golfers

Cindy Reid 2005.

To get the feel of what a full shoulder rotation feels like, sit upright in a straight-backed chair with your back straight and your feet on the floor, shoulder width apart. Now, turn your upper body to the right so that you can grab the back of the chair with both hands. You should do this without coming out of the seat or letting your feet leave the floor. From this position, rotate your head back to the front to increase the intensity of the rotation. Hold your body in this position for 30 seconds and repeat on the left side. Get Yourself in Golf Shape

Guess which important body part you're forgetting to exercise?

Rotational stretches will help with a shoulder turn and “uncoiling” on the downswing, giving you more power!

Vijay Vad, M.D. 2007.

This exercise, called the Hundred, focuses on building endurance, particularly in the core. Lie flat on your back with your legs extended and your feet slightly turned out. Engage your abs by dropping your navel toward your spine, and raise your legs about 12 inches so your calves are no longer touching the floor. Reach your hands toward your knees and slowly bring your head off the floor, tucking your chin into your chest so you can look at your navel. Pump your arms up and down in a parallel fashion for a count of 10 full breaths. Try to keep your arms in rhythm and the tips of your shoulder blades in contact with the floor. If you feel any neck tension, rest your head on a pillow. Ultimately, you should be able to work up to 100 total pumps for a complete core workout. Golf Rx

Source: LINKS Magazine

Pictures: Maria Ly

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There she was just a walkin' down the street...7 leg exercises!

There she was just a-walkin’ down the street…7 leg exercises!

There she was just a-walkin’ down the street…7 leg exercises!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Golf Strength training has blossomed in the last 20 years. 

To take your game to the next level, you need to strengthen your legs to a) provide a solid base to swing from and b) provide balance, and c) build a more powerful golf swing through strength!

Womanshealthmag.com is one of the leading websites for women to improve their strength and, therefore, their golf!  Here is their take on the subject! Start walkin’

There she was just a walkin' down the street...7 leg exercises!

Strong legs make for good golfers!

There she was just a-walkin’ down the street…7 leg exercises!

7 Exercises for Lean, Sexy legs

To upgrade your lower body workout, try these killer exercises for your hamstrings, quads and calves.

1. Pistol Squat.

Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level, parallel to the floor. Raise your right leg off the floor, and hold it there. (A) Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. (B) Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.

2.Dumbbell Split Jump.

Hold a pair of dumbbells at arm’s length next to your sides, palms facing each other. Stand in a staggered stance, your left foot in front of your right. From a standing position, lower your body into a split squat. (A) Quickly switch directions and jump with enough force to propel both feet off the floor. (B) Repeat, alternating back and forth with each repetition. (C)

3.Farmer’s Walk on Toes.

Grab a pair of heavy dumbbells and hold them at your sides at arm’s length. Raise your heels and walk forward (or in a circle) for 60 seconds.

4. Reverse Dumbbell Box Lunge with Forward Reach.

Stand on a 6-inch box or step, holding a pair of light dumbbells at your sides. (A) Step backward into a lunge with your right leg as you lean forward at your hips and reach toward your feet. (B) Reverse the movement to return to the starting position.

To see the rest of these great exercises, go here – 7 Best Leg Exercises.

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Did you know Golfers Live Longer than non-golfers?

Did you know Golfers Live Longer than non-golfers?

 

Did you know Golfers Live Longer than non-golfers?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Here is something I didn’t know, but I’m glad I found out.  Golfers live longer! 

A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports is based on data from 300,000 Swedish golfers and shows that golf has beneficial health effects. Golfers have a lower death rate regardless of sex, age, and social group.  Guess I’ll be playing golf for quite a while yet!

Here is Andrew Wood from Legendary Marketing and his take on the subject!

Did you know Golfers Live Longer than non-golfers?

Golfers live longer and have more fun!

Did you know golfers live five years longer?

It’s certainly not something I have seen anyone else in the golf industry talking much about, but it’s a fact. Everyone in the industry should be shouting from the highest peaks, for there is way too much negative press about golf and not nearly enough about the games’ excellent mental and physical benefits.

People who play golf live longer, healthier lives. Five years longer on average, according to a recent study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

Not that surprising, really…

Golf Keeps You In Shape.

Reebok’s study showed that golfers who walk and carry burn approximately 55 percent more calories than those who ride in a cart.

The number of calories varies by distance walked and also the metabolic rate of the golfer. But fitness experts estimate you’ll burn roughly 1,500 calories during a four-hour round. A round of golf is 10,000 steps or about a 5-mile walk. That’s 825 calories more than if you ride in a cart, which clocks in 675 calories. So no matter how good or bad your play, if you walk or ride, you can at least get some exercise and calorie burn out of your round!

The golf industry, especially in the USA, where many clubs depend on cart income, does a poor job of communicating this important aspect. Encouraging players to ride nine and walk nine by appealing to fitness may be a good start.

Golf Keeps You Mentally Active.

Golf is not just a physical game but a mental one as well. It calls for strategy, creativity, and problem-solving, all of which help keep your brain active, one of the key ingredients in fighting off the aging process.

Golf Helps Relieve Stress.

Did you know Golfers Live Longer than non-golfers?

Does this guy look stressed to you?

The natural environment helps relieve stress while the social aspects allow you to make new friends easily. Says Professor Anders Ahlbom, “People play golf into old age, and there are also positive social and psychological aspects to the game that can be of help.”

The friendships created provide motivation to meet and go play! They increase self-esteem and happiness. Golf can help to lift depression and improve someone’s outlook on life. (Unless you start shanking it, which quickly drives you insane) All of these attributes help improve mental health by leaving golfers with a feeling of greater satisfaction.

Golfers Get More Sun and Feel Better.

While we all know the dangers of too much sun, the sun does provide one essential nutrient – vitamin D. The sun is one of the best ways to soak up vitamin D, something many lacks in their regular diet. Vitamin D can raise energy levels, improve attitude, aids calcium absorption, and generates cell growth. Overall, it’s a vitamin that just makes us feel good.

Golfers Sleep Better.

Studies show that people who engage in regular physical activity and have proper nutrition sleep with fewer interruptions and report sleeping soundly. Getting sound sleep helps a person’s health in several ways, and golfing is one activity that can help you obtain a better night’s sleep.

The Better You Play, The More You Benefit.

The study on golfers living longer, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, is based on data from 300,000 Swedish golfers and shows that golf has beneficial health effects. Golfers have a lower death rate regardless of sex, age, and social group.

Better call the pro and take some lessons because….

Did you know Golfers Live Longer than non-golfers?

Lessons make you play better!

The lowest death rates were found in the group of players with the lowest handicap. Says Professor Ahlbom, “Maintaining a low handicap involves playing a lot, so this supports the idea that it is largely the game itself that is good for the health.”

Now you wouldn’t want to argue with your doctor, would you? So get off the couch and get out and golf. Your body, mind, insurance agent, and loved ones will all thank you!

Source: Andrew Wood   Legendary Marketing

Pictures: North Carolina National Guard       Mel Sole.

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For golfers who are tight in the upper body - try "disassociation" drills.

For golfers who are tight in the upper body – try “disassociation” drills.

 

Today you will see a golf fitness workout circuit that will help you improve your swing sequence and also increase your swing speed with some fun dissociation drills.

This golf workout is great for golfers and really good for your fitness too.

Dissociation or upper/lower body dissociation or separation is really important in the golf swing to kind of minimizing unwanted swing characteristics and optimize swing efficiency and driving distance and accuracy.

So, separation’s basically upper body and then lower body separation. Both really important for improving your golf swing and we’re going to give you drills to do both of those.

First up, a great, cool one.

We’re going to do a plank with an upper-body dissociation.

So normally you have a plank and we’re going to keep our hips facing the ground and just turn to our side. I’m pressing the stomach. Give that a go, 30 to 60 seconds.

Another great fun exercise…

American football drill.

Get into an American football wide stance, quick feet, keeping the shoulders facing forward. You’re going to twitch, turn the hips. Go as quick as you can. Gets me warm, too.

Next up is mountain climbers.

You’re really looking to drive the knees to the opposite elbow. So I’ll show you from here. Really getting that hip turning. Upper body’s locked in place. Other side. Quick cool work out, that one too.

For golfers who are tight in the upper body – try “disassociation” drills.

Banded Step And Rotations

Next one, we ideally need a golf band.

For this you don’t need a band at all but it adds resistance and makes the golf exercises more challenging. Put the band around your ankles, around your knees.

We’re just going to take little steps in golf posture, hands across the chest, and turn in both directions. You can do this whilst moving to the left and right too. I also think of it as like a space invader drill. Turn, back the other way. Now you’re good for dissociation, got your glutes too.

Next one, I’m going to use a golf band again.

Again, you don’t have to. It’s not needed. I should show you a slightly harder version, so what we’re going to do is we’re going to keep a nice sort of base, hips facing forward, and we’re going to turn around, bounce the tennis ball and back the other way.

Look and bounce it right behind you, as quick as you can, from one side to the other. Turn the upper torso and keep the hips facing forward.

Here is the video for the golf fitness workout to improve your golf swing and increase distances.

Source: Alex Fortey

Video: Matt Scott – Golf Fitness Specialist.

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