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GOLFROLLER

GOLFROLLERMany of the most worthwhile golf improvement products on the market often come from simple ideas and innovations. One relatively straightforward product that is a generating a lot of interest lately is the GolfRoller, which is a simple training aid designed to increase back and core strength while improving flexibility. The repetitive motion of the golf swing and the stress it puts on your body definitely cultivates the need for core, back and neck assistance.

Unlike many complicated golf training products, the GolfRoller is a lightweight and durable tool that you can bring and use virtually anywhere. The product concept is similar to conventional foam rollers, but the GolfRoller actually consists of a hollow core of plastic wrapped in a neoprene layer. It’s extremely lightweight and portable, easily fitting into your luggage or even your golf bag.

Using the product is relatively easy and allows you to target specific parts of your body with each individual movement. The GolfRoller website has helpful videos that instruct how you can use the product to stretch your calves, hamstrings, hips, glutes, lower spine, middle spine, upper spine, quads, shoulders and neck. In addition, since you’re basically using your own body weight, you can control the pace of the movement throughout the entire process.

Think of the GolfRoller as your personal golf massage assistant. The technical term for massage produced by this type of body rolling motion is called “myofascial release”, a form of soft tissue therapy used to relieve pain and restriction of motion. By investing only a few minutes every day using the GolfRoller for your own golf massage, you can dramatically reduce lower back pain and increase your range of motion. It’s also a great tool to use as part of your warm up routine prior to leaving for the course or a golf practice facility.

The GolferRoller consists of a two piece construction, which allows the outer layer to easily be washed. The product is available for $49.95 on the GolfRoller website, where you can also watch multiple videos on how to use it to improve your golf fitness.

Who Else Wants An Extra 20 Yards?

EXTRA20YARDSIn the world of sports, golf is somewhat unique in that the golf swing is a repetitive motion that occurs on every shot. The lie or external conditions may change, but the ball stays the same and so does the opportunity for the golfer. Master the repetitive art of the golf swing and success can be yours.

Since the golf swing maintains the same elements for each and every shot, it makes sense that you’ll want to improve your body’s strength and flexibility within this realm. One of the latest innovations to help golfers achieve this goal is a unique piece of golf fitness equipment called The Extra 20 Yards®.

A patented high quality golf fitness machine that replicates the golf swing, The Extra 20 Yards® helps build strength within your core muscles that create club head speed, allowing you to hit the ball further. The product is basically a weight machine that could be used as part of your golf training program to help you compress the golf ball better.

The Extra 20 Yards® was built to help golfers increase distance off the tee with just minutes of exercise per day. If you are you looking to gain distance without spending hours in the gym, then The Extra 20 Yards® could be for you.

Golf Fitness First For Gary Player

GARY_PLAYER_FITNESSWith nine major championship victories, Gary Player is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of golf. A 1974 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Player has won 165 tournaments on six continents over six decades.

Now 75 years old, it’s Player’s remarkable longevity that continues this amazing story. Back in the 1950s, Player earned the nickname Mr. Fitness in the 1950s because of his impressive dedication to exercise. It’s obvious that dedication is still paying rewards.

“People said weight training was detrimental to golfers,” recalls Mr. Player. “I was squatting 325 pounds the night before I won my first U.S. Open in 1965. Today, the players have traveling gyms.”

As he’s aged, Mr. Player says he’s even more serious about staying fit: “Winning a grand slam title after the age of 53 meant keeping my body lean and mean.”

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It’s Time to Take Your Golf Fitness Test

Golf FitnessAfter a long, cold winter, it’s time to prepare yourself once again for golf. In addition to the obvious tasks of cleaning the golf clubs and loading the golf bag with balls, we need to think about golf fitness. Face it, not using your golf muscles for months will take away the strength and flexibility for any golfer, especially in cold weather climates.

One option is to check out a Titleist Performance Institute-certified golf fitness instructor, who may have you perform a TPI golf fitness test. Through a series of about a dozen or so simple exercises, the TPI test measures flexibility, posture, strength and balance in an attempt to identify physical limitations that can hamper a golfer.

The test does not exist to dash dreams of golfers itching to improve. Rather, it serves as a guide to design a workout program to help strengthen problem areas. The TPI test is similar to what many professional golfers might take to help spot their own problem areas.

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Easy Golf Fitness Steps to Build a Better Golf Swing

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As most of us who are experiencing winter are forced to realize, watching golf on TV is a poor substitute for playing the game. Despite how much we dream about hitting the same shot over the ocean at Pebble Beach that Phil is faced with, golf is not only played in the mind. Sooner or later, spring will arrive and we’ll need to sync our golf minds and actual golf body.

The problem is, without a consistent fitness routine, it’s easy for our bodies to lose the physical components such as flexibility, strength, and stability that play a huge role in the execution of a biomechanically efficient golf swing.

Research of the golf swing supports the body-swing connection, which states the following: in order to execute a biomechanically efficient golf swing, certain levels of flexibility, mobility, stability, strength, and power are required of the body. If the body is lacking in any one or a number of the physical components required of the golf swing, the ability to execute an efficient golf swing will be impeded.

Unfortunately, golf swing fundamentals are easily lost over the course of a 5-6 month winter. In addition, much of what our body learned in terms of flexibility, mobility and stability will evaporate as well if not maintained.

The reality for many amateur golfers is that a “disconnect” exists relative to the body-swing connection, where physical parameters such as flexibility or stability are lacking thus creating a situation where the ability to execute a biomechanically efficient swing will not occur. Regardless of how much time and effort is spent practicing and on instruction, if the physical parameters required to execute the golf swing are absent, the ability to execute the golf swing will be impeded.

Unfortunately, in such situations where physical dysfunctions are impeding one’s ability to execute the golf swing, the development of swing faults occur. A primary example of a swing fault associated with physical limitations is an “over the top” move during the down swing. Research points to a lack of mobility in the hips and core stability as key physical components causing this type of compensation within the execution of the golf swing.

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How Some PGA Professionals Prepare for the New Season

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How do PGA Tour professionals prepare for the new season? Many take advantage of the exclusive facilities available to them at The Titleist Performance Institute. Players under contract to Titleist get their equipment fitted here at no cost. The company also does much of its club and ball testing at the facility. But the most intriguing work carried out at TPI involves the golf swing, in particular research into the negative cascading effect that physical limitations and dysfunctions, even seemingly trivial ones like a stiff ankle, can have on a player’s ability to hit the ball efficiently. For average golfers with major issues, the staff can propose workarounds or pinpoint physical therapy regimens that, with time and discipline, can correct the flaws.

“A lot of the old guard still blame equipment for the increased distance on Tour, but so much more of it is the quality of the athletes,” Mr. Faxon said. “You don’t have to work out to play on Tour, but if you don’t, you get passed, because you’re not strong enough. And the stuff we do these days is all full-body, functional movement. Nobody’s doing bench presses any more, that’s for sure.”

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GolfAid Interview Series: Katherine Roberts

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The GolfAid Interview Series begins with Katherine Roberts, author of the book
Swing Flaws and Fitness Fixes: Fix Your Swing by Putting Flexibility, Strength, and Stamina in Your Golf Bag. Katherine reveals the untapped power source in your body as well as the tricks the pros use to maintain their flexibility and increase the distance of their drives.

Katherine Roberts is Founder and President of Katherine Roberts Yoga for Golfers. Roberts’ unique approach to golf conditioning is a hybrid of western biomechanical research and eastern mind/body conditioning for performance, and her work has been profiled by USA TODAY, Golf Magazine, Golf for Women, Golf Week and US Airways Magazine.

As a fitness expert and a regular contributor for The Golf Channel, she has appeared on The Turn, The Big Break, Your Game Night, How Low Can you Go and Game ON! Katherine is the producer of nine DVDs and author of the ground-breaking book Yoga for Golfers (McGraw-Hill). Roberts is dedicated to helping people achieve maximum performance and balance both on and off the course.