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5 Lifestyle Errors That Hurt Your Life And Your Golf Game

If I watched your daily routine, I wager I would be able to point out 5 simple changes and tweaks that you could could make that would improve how you feel in your day to day life and also, as a bonus, improve your golf. And as you well know, when we play better golf suddenly the world is a brighter place full of rainbows and unicorns.. Both feed one another, but few golfers tackle their lifestyle which is often left wanting.

You’ll get to your golfing goals and feel much better in work and life when you stop making these 5 Lifestyle Mistakes:


Error #1: 
Drink WAY Too Much Sugar. If you’re one of the millions hooked on soda, alcohol, or other sweetened beverages then your  you’re going to feel sluggish, unfocussed and consistently gain weight as well as poison your body internally as most sugar drinks are one chemical away from being pain stripper or alike. Until you replace these drinks with water. You should also know that your brain often confuses thirst with hunger so make sure you just drink water several times a day.. We managed for thousands of years without sugar drinks!

When hunger strikes, don’t grab a snack or calorie-filled drinks. Instead, grab a glass of water.

Error #2: Watching TV Too Much: Many people are in the habit of sitting in front of the TV for hours on end after a stressful day at work. Yes, you may be worn out and need a break, but sitting on the couch, zoned out, watching TV is not the way forward

I like a good show and movie but I ensure I have earned it that day or that week. If you have been sat down at work most of the day, do you really need to sit some?? Get out and walk a couple of holes, go and practice your putting, chipping whatever! Just move more.

Error #3: Not Bothering With Breakfast. Eat breakfast! Try cutting calories by skipping breakfast, and you’ll be excessively hungry by mid-morning. As a result, the healthy calories you would have eaten at breakfast are replaced with calorie-filled snacks and an over-sized lunch. It takes strong discipline to not binge on sugar and bad foods if you avoid breakfast.. That takes time to develop, so if you know you are prone to poor snacking, make sure you grab some fuel in the morning. It’s about habits and you focus, energy and metabolism will thank you for it.

Once again, fitting breakfast into your busy schedule may mean dramatic lifestyle changes. Get to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual and set your alarm 10 minutes earlier to give yourself time to eat breakfast

Error #4: Not Doing the Right Physical Activity. If you find that you are having to add more loops to your belt and you seem to have less energy for your daily routines and also on the golf course, you need to start moving better. If you are sore especially after golf, you need to invest a few minutes a week to yourself. If you want to feel better and play better, you must add or increase the amount and intensity of physical activity in your daily life.

For many people, this is the most difficult lifestyle change of all, but the benefits are well work it. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of intense exercise on most days of the week. When you make golf exercises a normal part of your weekly routine, it’s more likely to stick. This can be walking 9 holes or 18 if possible at least 1-2 times a week, it can mean a great simple 20 minute exercise routine that helps you on and off the course.

Error #5: Lack of Sleep. To put this simply, you need to sleep more. Most adults need an average of 6-8 hours of sleep each night, and I know you aren’t getting that much. When you don’t get adequate amounts of rest, you’re more likely to be to be stiff, less focussed, lethargic and just not sprightly… None of which are a recipe for good golf!

How does this work? Something like this.

If you’re tired, you won’t feel like practicing, walking the course, cooking a healthy meal, and you’ll opt for fast (fattening) food instead. This very same lack of energy will also likely cause you to skip doing you golf exercises!  On top of that, sleep deprivation causes your metabolism to slow down, and if you’ve not heard, that is not something you want when you are wanting to improve your lifestyle and your golf game too.

So make some tweaks to your routine and you will feel better, maybe even shed a couple of pounds by osmosis and as extra great bonuses you will play better golf, hit it longer and feel less pain too!
Alex Fortey

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Improve Your Shoulder Flexibility For More Turn And More Speed In Your Swing

We have all heard people with the desire more turn in the golf swing, but what needs to happen to get maximum separation in the backswing, without compromising the ability to get back to the ball? Many pieces of the body must be in working order for this to be accomplished. The lower half of your body must be stable to allow for greater rotation to happen above.

This means that the hips are strong enough to contain movement into the backswing. The segments from the bottom of the spine need to have the ability to rotate equally. If one level of the spine is restricted, it is the job of the other segments to pick up the slack. It is this area where golfers can get into trouble forcing other segments of the spine (low back in particular) to make up the difference creating poor golf swing mechanics and pain.

A large piece of the puzzle includes the shoulder and its ability to function at a very high level. Specifically how the arm moves in the golf swing. For a right handed golfer, the left arm travels across the chest while the right elbow bends to allow for the turn.

If the left arm is unable to make the trip across the body while maintaining a straight elbow, the other components of rotation (as noted above) have to help out to pick up the slack. A primary issue seen with poor shoulder mobility is a tight posterior capsule which decreases the ability to horizontally adduct the arm across the body to a complete backswing.

To stretch out the posterior capsule, grab a golf club holding it in front of your body with hands opposite of one another as seen in the picture below.

Still holding onto the club, flip the club over being mindful to keep the top arm straight.

Use the hand now facing up to push the other arm across the body until a stretch is felt in the back of the shoulder. Hold is position for 10 seconds. Repeat this movement 10 times trying to get into golf posture for maximum stretch.

Patience is important when improving shoulder flexibility. Be mindful in the process as well. The joint is made to be mobile by design which sacrifices stability as a result. Push your limits carefully knowing when enough is enough.

Ryan Mclean

Any questions email at rmclean@fitgolf.com

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Golf Workout To Fix Your Slice

Here is a simple golf workout that can and will help you fix you slice.

Is it possible? YES! Before you waste hours and hours on the practice range trying complicated swing positions, give your body a chance to move correctly and allow a better swing path and swing sequence. 

The slice is a primary frustration for to many golfers so we wanted to share the untold cure.. And that’s actually addressing the physical limitations that cause the swing pattern.

You see no matter how much you try, if your body is weak, tight and hindered in certain areas and you possess incorrect movement patterns caused by your everyday life, then no matter how many golf balls or lessons you have, you will ALWAYS struggle to remove the slice from your golf shot repertoire.

Yes, having the right golf technique is crucial too, and it’s not as complicated as you may think as Shawn Clement explains in this post and video to fix your slice here

This is one reason why we created Swing Faults and Fitness Fixes because the missing element for many of you still is understanding how to specifically fix your swing errors by selecting the correct exercises, not beating more balls on the range or just accepting that you play with a 25 yard slice with the driver.. It does not have to be that way!

So…

Get moving, understand that your body will always dictate your swing and start using the right golf exercises and golf workouts to help you, your golf swing and your entire golf game if you want to play goof golf for decades to come.

Here is the golf workout to fix your slice video

This video is from our colleagues at Par 4 Success In north Carolina and co creators of the brilliant Bullet Proof Golfer. Its a multi level golf workout program perfect for YOU! No matter your level or time constraints, there is a golf workout to improve your golf body and fitness ideal for you. Check it out here.

 

 

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You Want More Power For Golf ? Of Course You Do!.. Learn How To Sequence

If you’re not looking for ways to add more distance to your game… you should be!  Whether it’s an extra 20 yards off the tee, or being able to hit an 8 iron instead of a 7 iron on your approach shot, hitting the ball further can make the game easier and more enjoyable.

So…what’s the SECRET to getting more distance?

It’s simple really – you need more speed!  The faster your club head is traveling when it impacts the ball, the faster the ball will be traveling toward it’s target, and the further it will fly.

The PGA TOUR’s most elite players are able to achieve club head speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, and ball speeds in excess of 170 miles per hour.
What most golfers don’t understand is that creating swing speed like the pros is NOT about swinging hard.  It’s about moving your body in a very special sequence…

To MAX out your distance focus on sequencing your swing in this order…

 

1.  Lower body:  Your glutes are the largest muscles in your body, and putting them to work in your golf swing is essential if you want to create big time distance.  From the top of your backswing your legs should fire first, driving and rotating toward the target.

 

2.  Core:  As soon as your legs begin to drive and rotate toward the target the muscles in your core should become active – working to transfer that energy that your lower body has created to you shoulders and arms.

 

3.  Upper Body:  Pulled by your legs and your core, your upper body will have no choice but to begin to rotate toward the target.  As your arms begin to drop they will be working to transfer the energy you are creating through to your club head like they are cracking a whip.

 

 

Next time you’re on the driving range take a few slow motion practice swings to feel this proper sequence.  Once you get it down you’ll be amazed by how much distance you can add to your game WITHOUT swinging any harder.

So always remember, there are just ‘4’ essential performance factors that will help increase your performance out on the course…
  • Professional golf instructions and skills development
  • Custom-fit golf equipment
  • Golf-specific mental training
  • Golf-specific physical conditioning
Dr. Paul Callaway, PT, PhD

Director of Golf Fitness

Cantigny Golf Academy

 

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Golf Exercise For Power, Balance And Core Strength = More Consistent Power!

Here we have a great demonstration from Par For Success for Athletic golf training. A super golf exercise for power balance and core strength! All of these will improve your golf and have you hitting long like Rory Mcilroy (well increase yur distance and accuracy at least)

This golf exercise needs a little practice so try not and start with heavy weights and look to include this very good exercise for golf in your golf fitness routines.

Improve your golf game, swing and performance with our expert coaches, golf tips and golf lessons to improve you and your game physically, technically.

We help you increase swing speed, improve consistent golf swing and provide you great golf tips and practice drills to help you play better and effortless golf.

See the Golf Exercise For Power, Balance And Core Strength Move Performed By Par4Success
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Golf Exercise For Power, Balance And Core Strength = More Consistent Power!

Keep your eyes out for more golf fitness tips as we have worked on a huge project that is going to help YOU! Par 4 Success are the designers of a great new revolutionary blueprint of golf Fitness… Bullet Proof Golfer…