Many of you will be lucky to escape this winter to your favorite warm winter resort to play a few rounds of golf. Since it may be a few months since your last round of golf, you may be a little rusty. Take time to warm up your muscles and prepare your body for all the movements you will be doing during your round of golf. Even if you only have 5 to 10 minutes, don’t skip the pre-game warm up. Here is a quick and easy warm up routine to get your body ready play.
1. Walk to the driving range or first tee, to get the blood pumping and flowing to your muscles. “Even if I only have 5 minutes, I walk around the driving range or hop on the treadmill (there is one in the locker room at my club), this simple act warms up my legs, back and upper body. I even try to work up a sweat,” says Art Sellinger, two-time Long Drive Champion.
2. Hit just five balls without rushing. Instead of indiscriminately firing off one shot after another, trying to finish off an entire bucket before you play, hit only a few balls with a mid-iron and take more time. Do a golf-specific stretch in between each shot. Put the club behind your back and make a backswing swing and hold the position for a few moments. Try to increase your shoulder turn with each shot. This will help relax you and you won’t feel rushed as you get to the first tee.
3. Hit four putts to different distances. Take four balls to the putting green before you tee off (there is usually a practice green next to the first tee) and putt balls to different targets to get feel. Finish with a few two-foot putts to hear the ball go in the cup for confidence.
Watch the Cardiogolf Pre-Round Warm-Up Routine
Practice something about your game everyday.
For years, I have been using a traditional step in my Cardiogolf routines and exercises. Although effective, I felt it was important to design a step that simulated a fairway to make it more ‘golf-like.’
You almost never have a flat lie on the golf course, so it is important to practice your swing on sloping lies to develop feel and stability. The Cardiogolf ‘Slope’ is curved like a fairway slope. You can vary the angle you place your foot to practice varies sloping lies.
I developed the Cardiogolf ‘Slope’ to help golfers practice uphill and downhill lies, but it is also a great tool for exercise. You can do a variety of traditional low-impact exercises as well as strength, balance, core and even upper body exercises. Stay tuned for more information.
Stay On-Course with Your Health and Wellness
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Would you change the way you eat if you knew certain foods could help you play better golf?
Managing your food intake, hydration levels and adding certain nutrients to your diet can not only help you concentrate and focus more on the golf course, but it can also help you keep your heartbeat steady as you make an important shot or putt, help your muscles fire faster for more power, help you fight fatigue so you can play and practice longer and even help you keep your cool after a bad shot. More importantly good nutrition is good for your overall health and well-being.
We all know the importance that fitness, swing mechanics and equipment can have on our golf games, but are you eating the right foods to sustain enough energy throughout your round to play your best golf? The best equipment in the world won’t make a difference if you don’t have energy to get you around the course. We do not hear as much about nutrition for golf, but rest assured that the most elite golfers of the world follow some sort of diet to provide them with the energy-output they need to play their best. While is it not yet the norm for golfers to follow a specialized nutrition program, it will soon become so.
By simply adding a few Zija products into your daily routine and making simple diet modifications, you can dramatically improve your golf game and more importantly your health and well-being.
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