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The 4 Pillars of Golf Fitness training to be a Good Golfer!

The 4 Pillars of Golf Fitness training to be a Good Golfer!

The 4 Pillars of Golf Fitness training to be a Good Golfer!

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 fitness combines 4 factors to help your body move through the complex movements of the golf swing without hindrance and, more importantly, without injury!  

Having a body that is not strong or flexible to perform a golf swing is asking for trouble.  Too often, I have golfers come to me for lessons, and their back hurts, or their knees hurt, or their wrists hurt.  These pains result when your body is not equipped to handle the work we are asking of it.  So take note of  Stephen Ladd of Renegade Coach, and get your body “golf ready” with his 4 facets of golf fitness training to take you to golf swing freedom!

 

This whole “golf fitness” thing is a relatively new gig.

It wasn’t long ago that golfers weren’t considered athletes.

When I started working in the strength and conditioning field  over 20 years ago, there wasn’t a single coach in this country recommending that golfers actually train, eat and live like serious athletes.

Boy, how times have changed (Thank you, Mr. Woods).

Although there are still a few examples of successful golfers on tour who shun the idea of health and fitness, there numbers are dwindling (instead of their waistlines).

I get asked on occassion, “is it possible to be a top level professional and NOT be in good shape?”

The answer is obviously YES, as exemplified by the guys and ladies mentioned above.

However, the question that begs to be asked (and so I will) is this – just how close or far are they from their true peak performance potential?

In other words, just how good would they be (or would you be) if they stopped relying so heavily on just their athletic skills, and got their overall health, fitness and performance levels up to par (bad golf puns are a weakness of mine).

So, can a golf fitness routine really improve YOUR golf game?

Heck Yes!

Think about it… it is YOU that swings the golf club.

Your golf instructor is fighting a constant battle, in that they are usually attempting to get your body to do something that is NOT a natural movement.

Unless you are in the small minority of people these days (like 5%), then you most likely have any number of imbalances within your body.  Some muscles are too tight, while others are too loose, and some maybe “shut down’ completely.

These are not character flaws, mind you, just the reality of our everyday life.

Your golf instructor then has two options:

1)  force your body into positions which it is incapable of going (at least without injury)

2)  adjust your swing i.e. create a compensation for you.

Option #1 is NOT recommended.

Option #2 can work to some degree.

However, realize that compensation is a compromise.

And a compromise means that you will NEVER reach your true potential.

I don’t know about you, but I think that sucks.

So this is where golf fitness comes to the rescue.  By balancing and stregthening your body for golf, your instructor will no longer be forced into creating compensations for your swing because of your physical limitations.

Combining over two decades of one-on-one work with hundreds of golfers and my relentless study with both the top organizations in the world for golf fitness, and more holistic health models and paradigms, we have come up with the major facets of the Renegade Golf Fitness System:

To see all 4 of Renegade Fitness’s important facets, go here!

Source: Renegade Golf Training

Pictures: Renegade Golf Training     John Ranaudo

Thanks for reading – The 4 Pillars of Golf Fitness training to be a Good Golfer!

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To stay loose and feel young get out your foam roller today!

To stay loose and feel young get out your foam roller today!

To stay loose and feel young get out your foam roller today!

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!

In my quest to become more flexible and agile in 2016, I came across this video by Titleist Performance Institute Level 3 Golf Fitness Coach Stephen Ladd on using a foam roller to massage and relax the golfing muscles.  These exercises can be performed just before you leave the house to go and play golf or when you return home to get all the tightness and stress out of your body.  In my case, I intend to do both!   I have had a foam roller sitting in my study for over 5 years now, so after watching this video, I pulled it out and followed along with Stephen.  Wow, did I feel good afterward!  I think I will do this before heading out to the gym to do my TRX class as well!

To stay loose and feel young get out your foam roller today!

Folks, attaining your golfing goals takes hard work and dedication, but if you view this as keeping your body in shape even into your older years, you will never regret it!

Quick review of how to utilize foam rolling for golf, to loosen up the lower body, increase range of motion and enhance recovery.

Source: Stephen Ladd

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An Easy Daily Exercise to Improve Your Golf Posture!

An Easy Daily Exercise to Improve Your Golf Posture!

An Easy Daily Exercise to Improve Your Golf Posture!

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!

Good golf posture is critical if you want to swing the club efficiently.

A straightforward exercise to do daily to help is a yoga pose called “Cobra.”  Here Stephen Ladd demonstrates, with help from an intern,  the correct form in getting the most out of this exercise.  The benefits here are huge.  Not only is this going to improve your golf posture, but your day-to-day posture is important as well, particularly as you get older. So first, start really easy if you have not done this before. Then, allow a gradual stretch over a period of two weeks to get into the final po0sition.

The Prone Cobra is the best Golf Posture exercise for maintaining your spine angle late in the round.

Source: Stephen Ladd

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2 Great Rotational Exercises for Strength and Power!

2 Great Rotational Exercises for Strength and Power!

2 Great Rotational Exercises for Strength and 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!

What are your New Years’ resolutions?  Mine is to increase my flexibility and increase the power in my golf swing.  I joined a gym, hired a personal trainer, and am totally committed to gaining back some lost distance as I have aged.  At 68, I still feel I have plenty of good golf left in me, and although my club handicap has drifted up to a 3, I am determined to get back to scratch by the end of the year.  Set your own goals as to where you would like to be at the end of the year, and then put a plan in place of how you will get there.  

The five key components of setting goals are :

  1. Set a start date
  2. Set an end date.
  3. Ask yourself if the goal is realistic.  (you are much more likely to quit if the goal is too hard.)
  4. Set aside time for your exercise time every week.  Put it down on a calendar, so you don’t accidentally book a social event that clashes.
  5. Share your goals with a friend, relative or spouse. (You are much more likely to persevere if you know someone is checking on you to see if you are still on track.)

David MacKenzie of Golf State of Mind has put together a package including The Power Golf Fitness System PLUS an additional Bonus from David.  To see this great deal, go here!

Right now, check out two essential videos that will certainly help your game in 2016.

TPI Golf Fitness Coach Level 3 Stephen Ladd demonstrates several band or cable golf rotational exercises for strength, power and distance.

 

Source: Stephen Ladd

The Power Plank for Golf is a specialized version of the traditional exercise.

Geared towards high intensity and short duration. Great way to build strength and power in the core for golf.

Source: Stephen Ladd     Golf State of Mind

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