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January 15th

 
Wondering how to stay in shape during your off-season? We found this article below that includes winter workout tips to improve your game.
 
by Chad Scott The Rise Golf
 
During the golf season my gym membership doesn’t get much use. I might be lucky to find time to get there once a week; that’s just the nature of the job. But the off-season is a different story as I’ll be in the gym 5 to 6, sometimes 7 days a week. I love lifting weights, so it is the perfect time to start a new strength training program as I don’t play much golf during the winter and any added strain to my muscles doesn’t affect my game.
 
In terms of my routine, I can get bored quickly. I need to constantly mix up my activities to keep me engaged and off my butt and into the gym. I’ve done straight cardio, weight lifting, circuit training, boxercise, yoga, plyometrics and high intensity training or “supersets”.
 
My goal has never to been to increase the yardage of my drives, although that can be a nice by-product, but rather to become more stable throughout my swing. Over the years I have discovered the stronger I am, the more control I have of the club and body throughout my swing resulting in more consistently struck shots. Increased consistency usual equals better scores. Now, when I say stronger, I don’t mean bigger. Being a naturally bigger, muscular individual, this can be a challenge for me not to get too bulky. I try to work on improving total body, balanced strength, while focusing on core strength and flexibility.
No matter my current routine I keep two things consistent that have helped my golf game; foam rolling and kettle-bell swings.
 
Foam rolling has done wonders for not only my flexibility but also aids in faster muscle recovery after a strength training session and injury prevention. Below are a couple great videos that demonstrate effective foam rolling routines:
 
 
 
The two-arm kettlebell swing does wonders for strengthening your posterior chain. What is your posterior chain? It is essentially the muscles and ligaments on your back side that go from your calves to the base of the neck. A strong posterior chain aids in good posture, improved gait and, as it relates to golf, a stronger, more stable swing. Unfortunately, if you’re someone that sits at a desk for most of the day, your posterior chain is most likely not as strong as it should be. To get a better understanding on how important it is, just google posterior chain.
 
Combined with other exercises, the two-arm kettlebell swing will help improve your posterior chain and total body strength. I target 75 reps during a session. You can start with 5 sets of 15 and work until you can do all 75 in one set. Pick a weight that is manageable. For a demonstration, check out the video below.
 
So, if you’re looking to improve your golf game this winter, include foam rolling and kettle-bell swings in your routine. Your scorecard (and backside!) will thank you. I highly recommend to consult a personal trainer before starting any workout program. If you’re a regular at the gym and know a thing or two and are looking for a full golf workout routine online, check out this one from Men’s Health.
 
Best of luck improving your health and game this winter!
 
Article credit: The Rise Golf
 

February 17th

14 Books Every Self-Respecting Golfer
Should Read.
 
By Josh Sens | Tuesday, September 20, 2016
 
If you really love the game, you appreciate a good read, and not just the kind your caddie gives you. Here they are: 14 golf books that belong in every golfer's library.
 
 
 
4. Leslie Nielson's Stupid Little Golf Book by Leslie Nielson and Henry Beard
 
5. Golf is Not a Game of Perfect by Bob Rotella
 
6. Golf in the Kingdom by Michael Murphy
 
 
9. To the Linksland: A Golfing Adventure by Michael Bamberger
 
12. The Complete Golfer edited by Herbert Warren Wind
 
 
Grab a Book and Get Comfy!
Article credits: Golf.com