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Ben Shear of Golf Digest talks core power for stability and strength!

Ben Shear of Golf Digest talks core power for stability and strength!

Ben Shear of Golf Digest talks core power for stability and strength!

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 a great core power workout routine by Ben Shear of Golf Digest that considers not only the front and backward movements but also the side to side and rotational moves needed in a powerful golf swing.  Check it out!
You have to move in all three planes of motion to perform a golf swing, so it makes sense to train your core in all three planes. Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear revamps your core workouts with a series of new exercises.  Tailor these to your needs.
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Velocity Based Training is the latest in the Quest for Power!

Velocity Based Training is the latest in the Quest for Power!

Velocity Based Training is the latest in the Quest for Power!

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!

There is a new type of training that is taking the golfing world by storm!  Velocity-Based Training!  

Have you ever wondered how small guys like Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy can consistently bomb it over 300 yards?  Remember this, for every 1 mph of additional clubhead speed, you will gain 4 yards!  So do the math.  If you increase your clubhead speed by a measly 10 mph, you can add 40 yards!  Now that’s what I’m talking about!  Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear, along with fitness editor , gives us the latest research and equipment to enhance your training and give you more distance!

 

Velocity Based Training is the latest in the Quest for Power!

Illustration by Viktor Koén

 

If you’ve ever wondered how someone like 5-foot-9, 150-pound Rickie Fowler or 5-foot-9, 165-pound Rory McIlroy can consistently drive the ball past golfers who look like NFL linebackers, it’s certainly not because they’re stronger. And it’s not necessarily because they have better technique.

A key ingredient in their distance prowess is the amount of power they can generate.

It’s one thing to be strong. And it’s another to be fast. But when you’re strong and fast, you have the ingredients to really bomb it. That’s the concept behind a type of training rapidly gaining popularity with athletes in all sports—even golf. It’s called velocity-based training, or VBT. Instead of focusing on how much weight is moved, VBT focuses on the rate of speed for each repetition of any mobile exercise.

VBT improves muscle coordination, timing and, most important, swing speed, says Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear, who works with PGA Tour pros Webb Simpson, Luke Donald and Russell Henley. According to Foresight Sports ball-flight-simulation models, increasing the average amateur’s swing speed from 90 miles per hour to 100 mph offers the potential of 36 more yards (see chart below) on center-face strikes.

“I’ve introduced it to many golfers,” Shear says, “and I think it will one day become a training norm for most athletes.”

To see the latest equipment needed to do VBT in your home or gym, plus a clubhead speed/distance chart, go here!

Source:  Golf Digest  Ben Shear  

Pictures: Viktor Koén   PPGWings

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Strengthen your abs and legs with help from Paige Spiranac!

Strengthen your abs and legs with help from Paige Spiranac!

Strengthen your abs and legs with help from Paige Spiranac!

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!

My favorite workouts are those that require minimal equipment.  These are workouts that can be done at home or at the gym and at your own pace.  In fact, the slower you do these exercises and pay attention to good form (just like the golf swing), the more benefit you will get out of the workout.

Paige Spiranac demonstrates workout routines developed by Golf Digest Fitness Editor  and advisor Ben Shear.  Enjoy!

Thee most oft-asked questions from golfers regarding fitness are things such as What can I do to avoid back pain?, What exercises are good to strengthen my core muscles? and What are the best stretches before I play? We attempted to answer those questions, and many others regarding golf fitness, by producing a series of short videos highlighting the very best exercises for anyone who loves the game.

Best part? We got Instagram star Paige Spiranac to demonstrate those moves.

 
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One Great Exercise to Improve your Shoulder Turn!

One Great Exercise to Improve your Shoulder Turn!

One Great Exercise to Improve your Shoulder Turn!

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!

As we grow older, our muscles stiffen up, and we lose our range of motion.  

However, good sound flexibility exercises will help slow down that stiffening up process.  In recent years I have lost quite a bit of shoulder turn on the backswing, resulting in a loss of distance.  After seeing this rotation exercise online a few months ago, I started doing this, and I can tell you from personal experience, it helps tremendously!  Start slowly, don’t overdo it, but do it regularly.  The flexibility of your thoracic spine will improve, and so will your golf game.  Thanks to   of Golf Digest for sharing this article, and thanks to Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear for this fantastic exercise!

Shoulder turn is a bit of a controversial topic when you speak to teaching professionals. Some think too much emphasis is put on trying to make as big a rotation with the trunk as possible in order to better synchronize the swing and, more importantly, generate faster clubhead speed. Many teachers feel that if golfers turn back too far, they can lose the spring-like coil needed to swing back down with good energy, or they will increase the risk of injuries—or both. Other teachers point to the coiling techniques of big hitters such as Dustin Johnson and John Daly and argue that the modern golf swing necessitates the need for a healthy turn.

Source:   Golf Digest  Ben Shear

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