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Ditch The Treadmill: Here's A Better Cardio Routine For Golf

Apologies if you're reading this after buying a $2,000 piece of cardio equipment. The reality is, your money could have been better spent. If you're serious about exercising in ways that can help your golf performance, I've designed a simple cardio routine that requires little more than a pair of …

Exercise

What you can learn from how the game's top players work out

By now we know that almost all of the game's top players, and pretty much anyone who aspires to compete with them, are logging serious hours in the gym. And it's not just during off weeks, or off days, but even on days when they're playing for-real-every-shot-counts tournament rounds.<p>Is this a good …

Golf

Good Golf Starts With A Good Warm-Up

If you usually get off to a slow start, hitting shots that aren't even close to your best, it might be because your body isn't properly warmed up. I see amateurs go to the range ahead of their tee times to hit a few shots, but that's all they do. Before I make one swing at an LPGA tournament, I …

Golf

Breaking Down the Relationship Between Vertical Jump and Power in Golf

Optimal training strategies for golfers: Part 1

When it comes to athletic-based training (sprinting, agility work, plyometrics, conditioning, resistance training, etc.), I’m pretty certain golfers …

Golf

The Best Exercises To Increase Clubhead Speed

Mon Jan 22, 2018 by Nick Buchan<p>In the video above, Dr. Greg Rose explains how you can determine a golfer's training needs by using our screens for …

The Benefits of Single Leg Training for Golfers

Mon Jan 8, 2018 by Jamie Greaves<p>There can be no doubt that a strong lower body is vital for golfers both in relation to swing mechanics and speed but …

Brooks Koepka's caddie is part bag man, part chiropractor

In addition to carrying a bag, reading greens and studying golf courses, today's PGA Tour caddies also play the roles of friend and psychologist. Apparently, it doesn't hurt to be a chiropractor as well.<p>On Thursday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Brooks Koepka unloaded a drive on No. 11 (his second hole …

Golf

Testing three sleep-enhancing gadgets

Golf and sleep aren't a great twosome. Between the anticipation of playing and the game's early morning start times, it's often tough to get enough shut-eye. We tested three modern gadgets that promise to help.<p>•••<p><b>SENSE SLEEP SYSTEM:</b> A quarter-size sensor goes on the side of your pillow to monitor …

Gear & Gadgets

Are your bad habits costing you rounds of golf?

We all know golfers whose habits are, shall we say, less than 100 percent healthy. You might even be one. To that we say, it's a free country. But have you ever thought about how many rounds these vices might be costing you?<p><b>An admittedly unscientific look at the golf you're missing.</b><p><i>How we arrived</i> …

Golf

How yoga can make you swing faster

That headline is not hyperbole. Hip mobility plays a key role in creating more speed when you swing the club, and a few great yoga poses can help you internally and externally rotate the hip joint to get that speed.<p>Better mobility translates to faster swings, but not necessarily because it allows …

Yoga

Belen Mozo's post-round workout will make you feel terrible about yourself

You know that post-round lethargy that tends to sink in after 18-holes of golf? It’s tough work out there, and completely understandable that all anyone wants to do after a round of golf is go have a drink – or maybe have a drink while playing another few holes.<p>Belen Mozo, who we all know crushes …

Workouts

Watch 81-year-old Gary Player do squats with Instagram model on his back

Just when we think we've seen everything from Gary Player, the nine-time major champion drops a gem like this on us during Masters Week. That's the Black Knight being the Black Knight.<p>Looks like Mr. Player was enjoying himself on Thursday after his ceremonial first-tee shot, hanging out with …

Gary Player

5 moves to save your spine

Even the most technically sound swings cause stress on the spine, but golf doesn't have to sentence you to future back pain. To avoid discomfort, says Golf Digest Fitness Advisor Ben Shear, "strengthen the muscles at the bottom of the spine, and improve flexibility in the mid and upper back." All …

Workouts

Strong arm your golf game

Injuries and inflammation to the soft tissue of the hands, wrists, elbows, arms and shoulders are something all golfers have to deal with from time to time. Things such as tendinitis, sprains and tears come from the violent nature in which a golf club must be swung in order to hit good shots. …

Golf

The best therapy ever for elbow tendinitis

Assuming you're just gearing up for golf season, do your elbows a favor and start prepping for the abuse they're going to take all summer on the course. If you're a right-handed player, the tendons on the outside of your left arm and the inside of your right arm that connect to the muscles near the …

Golf

More great exercises to get you in golf shape in five weeks

When creating a workout program to improve your golf swing, focus on exercises that make your body more stable and flexible, then build strength and power, says Golf Digest Fitness Advisor Ben Shear. Last week, he offered six moves for better stability and flexibility. Assuming you've been working …

Workouts

We'll get you in golf shape in five weeks

You've probably dumped your New Year's fitness resolution by now, but don't let it bother you. With golf season ramping up and the Masters only five weeks away, we've asked Golf Digest Fitness Advisor Ben Shear to put together a "crash program" of exercises to get you ready for golf season.<p>He …

Workouts

A cheap way to pick up more yards

If you aren't using resistance bands in your workouts, you're really missing out on a cheap and portable way to achieve a lot of your goals—on and off the course. One way they can really help is to train your body to swing faster in a safe and controlled manner. Not only are they great for getting …

Golf

How to build your own golf workout

Over the past decade Golf Digest has offered hundreds of different exercises (and variations of them) that would benefit your body and your golf game. But how do you cull all that information down to build a manageable workout? Let me make it easier for you.<p>The framework for a good golf workout …

Workouts

Four great TRX exercises for your core

Apologies if you've been badgered by constant reminders that the muscles around your mid-section are involved in virtually any athletic movement you can do. But it's worth repeating that if you want to swing a golf club effectively and avoid back pain and injuries, strengthening the muscles from …

Workouts

Get jacked with these TRX exercises

Continuing our fitness series with the LPGA Tour's Belen Mozo, this week she debuts some of her favorite upper-body exercises using a TRX suspension trainer. Next week she will demo a series of TRX lower-body exercises. Mozo says this might be her favorite apparatus for exercising, because it …

LPGA Tour

3 great kettlebell moves for golf

Continuing our fitness series with the LPGA's Belen Mozo, here are three kettlebell exercises you should add to your golf-fitness routine. Here are the details:<p><b>1. ) Kettlebell halo:</b> Holding the handles with the bell inverted in front of your face, rotate the weight around your head keeping your …

Workouts

Get 12 yards in 12 minutes with Belen Mozo

If you watched Justin Thomas over the past two weeks in Hawaii, you might have noticed how well he uses the ground to create power in his golf swing. Aided by a firm, downhill fairway, one of his drives at the SBS Tournament of Champions went 409 yards. Yikes. Justin looks like he's leaping off the …

LPGA Tour

Belen Mozo's core workout is not for the squeamish

The LPGA Tour's Belen Mozo is serious about the importance of core stability in order to swing a golf club powerfully without loss of control. While she started doing basic exercises such as planks to improve strength in all the muscles around her mid-section, she eventually graduated to more …

Workouts

Belen Mozo can get after it in the gym (see for yourself)

Shortly before the holidays, we had the privilege of spending some time with one of the fittest players in professional golf—the LPGA Tour's Belen Mozo. The 28-year-old Spanish golfer kills it in the gym, and the hard work has paid off in a number of ways. Not only did it help her qualify and …

Exercise

Mark Wahlberg can play 18 holes in an hour thanks to his "cardio golf" routine

Mark Wahlberg's love affair with golf is familiar around these parts. The man makes aces with Rory McIlroy's ammo, wears matching team ensembles with Bubba Watson at pro-ams and owns one of the best backyard holes in the country. The dude is living every golfer's dream.<p>Add this to the list: …

Golf

A great new take on two old exercises

Walk into any big-box gym in America and it won't take long to spot someone doing either the bench press or arm curls. They are the poster exercises for strength training from Gold's Gym in Venice, Calif., to Bev Francis' Powerhouse Gym on Long Island in New York. You'll get no argument from any …

Workouts

Want a better golf swing? Train diagonally

The majority of gym goers exercise almost exclusively in the sagittal plane. Things like squats, rows, hammer curls, and deadlifts all are performed in the same plane, and they are good exercises for overall strength and stability. However, the golf swing is performed in multiple planes of motion. …

Golf

Want to swing faster? Then learn how to slow down

Whether it's NASCAR, football or golf, hitting the breaks properly is one of the most important facets of generating more speed. In golf, the concept is this simple: If you swing as hard as you can, but your muscles aren't functioning the way they should, you're either have to let go of the club in …

Golf