Winter Training

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Lefty330Lefty330 Lefty Boomers  78WRX Points: 0Posts: 78
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Well now that Winter is here I really want to get into shape for next season.



As far as my golf game goes I am going to put a little putting area in my basement. I also am going to go to the indoor practice thing with one of those big screens that you can play courses as far as keeping my golf game up. Does anyone have any ideas of what else I can do.



Another question is what are your eating habits, what different exercises do you do for working out, and anything else you do as far as your golf game/golf fitness.





-Lefty
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  • wholeinwon wholeinwon CanadaMembers  2260WRX Points: 129Posts: 2,260 Platinum Tees
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    If you want to get into shape obviously it first depends what kind of shape you are in now.



    If your relatively healthy and not extremely over or under weight then your eating habits should be alright.



    As for working out, when I came back from my co-op job I really started getting into golf fitness. I have found working with a core ball, medicine ball and a bosu ball have helped tremendasly with stability, balance, flexibility and power generation. Also in addition to these exercises I have been working out 5 times a week working on muscles such as core, butt, upper and lower legs, biceps and triceps. The first 4 especially will allow you to generate more power in your swing and hit the ball further.
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  • i_luv_golf_i_luv_golf_ Jr. Boomers  428WRX Points: 0Posts: 428
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    I'm getting a set of small weights

    I'm getting a Powerball

    I'm getting a weighted 6 iron with the same type of shaft like in a momentus



    All of this is aimed towards hitting the ball further, some think this is a bit silly but I seriously need more distance. I'm 13 and I weigh just more than 6 stone!!! I need to strike the ball really well to get decent distances but I need the extra power so that it makes up for if I don't make a perfect swing.



    I'm currently getting lessons... I went through a slump and then I went for video swing lessons! Best €35 per 30 mins ever (first private lessons). In 2 lessons I went from hitting:



    70 yard low pull 6 irons



    TO



    150 yard high draw 6 irons!!!



    I'm also gonna work really hard on my mental game and pre shot routine....

    all good players say golf is 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical,

    all good tour pros visualise a good shot before theitr shot
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  • cokeefe1523cokeefe1523 2009 Jr. Boomers  158WRX Points: 0Posts: 158
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    I'm working out 5 days a week afterschool for now,

    and then in spring i will be working out before school instead when i get my drivers license, i really need to alter my eating habits because I will go to the gym for 2 hours, and then come home and eat like crap and it gets me no where.



    2 pieces of advice



    1. Eat protein (protein bars, shakes) after you workout (but never overdo with heavy lifting cause too much muscle mass will impede your golfswing)



    2. Go to Titleist Performance Institute (www.tpi.com which) is now free and find golf specific exercises.
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  • JuniorFinnJuniorFinn JuniorFinn Members  224WRX Points: 0Posts: 224
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    Here in Finland we can practise golf here during the winter really well. In Helsinki ( our capital) there are 3 halls were you can hit golfball and practise shortgame ( one of the halls gots a bunker!) . The longest hall is 110 meters long ( 125 yards) ! So you can really see your ball flight! The another one is 50 meters long. There are also putting greens and chiping areas. So we can really practise here during the winter!



    I practise golf 3-4 times in a week and I go to gym 3 times in a week image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
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  • italianstallionitalianstallion Bethpage Black - 8th hole Junior Mod Squad  3073WRX Points: 154Posts: 3,073 Titanium Tees
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    I usually stick to doing pushups, sit-ups, crunches, and doing rotational stretching with a club. I picked up a putting arc to work on my stroke because thats where I can really rack up a score. 3 putting the last 4 holes of sectionals prevented me from moving on to the state tourny by 4 strokes...so I'm really motivated to get my putting on line.
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  • kblakeney35kblakeney35 Jr. Boomers  937WRX Points: 0Posts: 937
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    I'm in the middle of basketball season now and I feel like I'm swinging the club a lot faster now. We lift twice a week but I think it's more the running we do. So I would suggest running. A lot of sprinting mixed in with longer distance stuff along with lifting weights should definitely help. Also try some plyometrics.



    -Kyle (1st post after about a 2 month hiatus image/bye.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' /> )
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  • wholeinwon wholeinwon CanadaMembers  2260WRX Points: 129Posts: 2,260 Platinum Tees
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    I don't think sprinting would help much in the golf game other than to get endurance up, but if as a teenager you have trouble with endurance you got some problems.



    Plyometrics are good but are very hard at a high level. Also they tend to focus on increasing speed, power, acceleration and agility (well from the ones I do for hockey)...so not really golf related but to an extent i guess they are...



    Simple stretching such as a cross scorpion enables you to work your golf muscles just fine. Also the stronger your core is the better your golf swing will naturally become so work on building your core strength.
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  • Lefty330Lefty330 Lefty Boomers  78WRX Points: 0Posts: 78
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    Thanks for all the tips guys. I will check out that Titleist performance site. As far as my fitness goes I would say I'm in pretty good shape for my age/height. I'm not way under or over weight. My endurance is fine to (i'm a soccer player)
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  • RJC59RJC59 Members  1222WRX Points: 1Posts: 1,222 Bunkers
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    get a gym membership and be there 4 nights a week.
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  • Lefty330Lefty330 Lefty Boomers  78WRX Points: 0Posts: 78
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    Yeah but RJC59 I want to do things pertaining to golf, not just get as ripped as I can.
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  • wholeinwon wholeinwon CanadaMembers  2260WRX Points: 129Posts: 2,260 Platinum Tees
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    Exactly Lefty...getting a gym membership and just pumping weights won't help your swing. Sure you have to have some strength but not extremely ripped.



    Conditioning, Flexibility, Core Strength etc. will help your game.
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  • emcemc Jr. Boomers  987WRX Points: 0Posts: 987
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    Build up the forearms. I've started it and it's so much easier to get out of the rough. Look at all the top pros, everyone has great forearms
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  • kblakeney35kblakeney35 Jr. Boomers  937WRX Points: 0Posts: 937
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    I decided I'm gonna take an old junker club and fill the shaft full with sand then spend awhile each day swinging it.



    -Kyle
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  • kblakeney35kblakeney35 Jr. Boomers  937WRX Points: 0Posts: 937
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    GolfFitPro wrote on Dec 11 2006, 07:29 PM:


    Welcome to Blue Collar Mondays. Every Monday, Troy Anderson of The Blue Collar Golfer, will add his insight to the Better Golf with Fitness Blog. His articles have appeared on GolfFitnessProducts.net as well as magazines all over the Southwest, and he has been a part of all of The Virtual Roundtables. Troy has a different approach than most golf fitness experts, one he is very successful with training golfers in Arizona.



    Does Tiger Have It Right?



    I was working with one of the aspiring pro golfers that I train the other day and like many young golfers, Tiger Woods is his idol. And rightly so since the man will likely be considered the best golfer of all-time when he is done.



    My client was naming off every stat about Tiger, from where he lives to what kind clubs he uses. Then he said something that really got my attention. He said, “Tiger runs 5 miles every morning.” It immediately made me shake my head and think, “Why”?

    As I was searching around the internet forums for a topic for this week’s blog, there it was again: “Does anyone know what Tiger’s fitness routine is, besides running 5 miles everyday?”

    That sealed the deal; I had to write about it.



    Let me start by giving this caveat prior to going any further: I have no knowledge of the reasoning behind why Tiger runs 5 miles everyday, if in fact, he does. He and his coach may well have a good reason for performing such an activity.

    I will never ask a golfer to run 5 miles everyday. Heck I won’t ask a golfer to run 5 miles total during a golf conditioning program.



    Why not? I mean, if the best golfer in the world does it, why shouldn’t everyone, right?

    Well, how about we start with the obvious: does a golfer ever need to jog 5 miles during the course a round of golf?

    Nope.

    Next, does the activity have any sort of carry over to skill required by the sport?

    Well I guess that there may be some carry over to the to walking from hole to hole and maybe even to add some general endurance.

    Neither is usually very high on the list of physical skills that most golfers lack or want/need to improve.



    So I guess that leaves us with just one option for why running 5 miles is a valuable training aspect: It will adequately prepare the average golfer for chasing down the beer cart from 2 holes away. Yep that’s it, no beer cart shall escape.



    Seriously, though all hammering on 5 mile runs aside, the point I am trying to make here is this:

    1. Running has very little positive carry over to the enhancement of valuable golf physical attributes.

    2. Running 5 miles results in thousands of foot contacts. Long terms result a lot of wear and tear on the body. If you enjoy or even earn your living playing golf, there’s really no reason to perform an activity that might shorten your career.

    3. Effective use of time; most golfer have a very finite amount of time to spend on their golf conditioning program. At minimum that’s 35 minutes of golf conditioning time that could be well spent on flexibility, strength, or even some time working on aerobic fitness; using techniques that will have more carry over to increasing on course performance.



    So after spending the entire blog committing near golf blasphemy, I am sure that more than a few of you are thinking, “OK Mr. Smart-a** Golf Conditioning Coach, what the **** would you do”? I will tell you but you have to wait until next week when I will be back with video of a training sequence that will have you amazed at the quantity and quality of work that can be done is a very limited amount of time.



    Until next week, keep it simple.



    Troy M Anderson

    bluecollargolfer.com

    [email protected]



    Troy is a golf conditioning expert, located in Tempe, AZ. To download your FREE copy of his special report "8 MUST-KNOW Tips for Starting a Successful Golf Conditioning Program”, go to www.bluecollargolfer.com



    http://fitnessforbettergolf.typepad.com/be...f_with_fitness/






    Ok, so I was wrong. All I meant was when I run, my golf swing seems to improve. I also thought this was a good article that more people should read. I took it from the Academy section.



    -Kyle
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  • wholeinwon wholeinwon CanadaMembers  2260WRX Points: 129Posts: 2,260 Platinum Tees
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    I wouldn't say your "wrong"...running is never harmful to do and if your playing any kind of sport from golf to football running will have some positive impact on you.
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  • tigerphantigerphan Members  1247WRX Points: 0Posts: 1,247
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    I'm using p90x, really good program, but I don't train just for golf ( one area) I train them all equalily ( core, shoulders, chest, legs, back, ect...) I think too many golfers are training for golf ( core basically ) and not enough total athletic ( everything equal)
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  • craftycrafty Members  86WRX Points: 0Posts: 86
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    I feel that there is some merit to sprints and plyometrics in relation to the swing. Ill try to explain a little from a physiological standpoint:



    The body has slow-twitch (red) and fast-twitch (white) muscle fibers. As the names imply, white muscle fibers control powerful and quick movements, while red fibers control endurance activities.



    The golf swing is a quick and powerful move from the top down. Therefore, an abundance of fast-twitch muscle fibers would allow for a more powerful move through the ball in theory. However, that doesnt mean you should ignore endurance, because the power you have means nothing if your legs are too tired to support your swing.
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  • mumf91mumf91 Jr. Boomers  182WRX Points: 0Posts: 182
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    crossfit.com I found out about it from my brother who is in the army. It is one of the best ways to develop conditioning strength and the other 10 domains of fitness. Do the reading, learn the lifts, then scale the workouts. I do this stuff, and lets just say distance isn't a problem.
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  • GolfingbankerGolfingbanker Members  340WRX Points: 55Posts: 340 Greens
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    MatucH wrote on Dec 12 2006, 04:02 PM:
    Exactly Lefty...getting a gym membership and just pumping weights won't help your swing. Sure you have to have some strength but not extremely ripped.



    Conditioning, Flexibility, Core Strength etc. will help your game.






    Please explain Core Strength and exercises that provide.
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  • funkyfedorafunkyfedora Members  2212WRX Points: 2Posts: 2,212 Platinum Tees
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    There was a work out in GD this month that I am thinking about doing. It was a dumbell squat. Another i am going to do is a trunk twist with a medicine ball.
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