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Fitness Friday: Want to swing faster, carry the ball farther? Do this

A recent study published in the <i>International Journal of Golf Science</i> adds further proof that if you want to hit the ball farther, you need to add plyometrics to your workout. A group of skilled adolescent golfers were tested before and after employing an eight-week program that focused on jumping …

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Fitness Friday: A great 20-minute workout

Merry Christmas and happy holidays. When you're done sipping egg nog and want to get back in shape, take a look at the workout program I developed back in 2011 that focused on efficiency. In the coming months I plan to unveil the third version of it with new exercises. But this will get you …

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Fitness Friday: One exercise for a better backswing

Shoulder turn is a bit of a controversial topic when you speak to teaching professionals. Some think too much emphasis is put on trying to make as big a rotation with the trunk as possible in order to better synchronize the swing and, more importantly, generate faster clubhead speed. Many teachers …

Fitness Friday: Pick up 27 yards with a screwdriver

Mike LaBauve (@TheLaBauves), an old friend and great golf coach who works in Scottsdale, recently conducted a golf-and-fitness experiment with some of his students to see if he could get them to swing faster. His premise was that golfers could pick up some serious swing speed if they trained their …

Fitness Friday: Is your backswing holding you back?

Most golf instructors focus on improving a player's backswing because a lot of flaws in the downswing occur as a result of starting from a bad position at the top, says Golf Digest teaching professional David Leadbetter (@davidleadbetter). "It's an attempt to recover from a poor backswing."<p>To take …

Reddit Marketing: How We Got 10,000 Pageviews and a PA 48 Link from Reddit in 2 Weeks

What if I told you getting 10,000 pageviews to your site was relatively easy and took about 45 minutes? Would you even believe me? Probably not. …

A gym fix for those fat and thin shots

One of golf's most common swing flaws is failing to maintain the posture created at address. Many amateurs rise out of their stance as they swing the club down from the top, and this causes them to make poor contact with the ball. Fat and thin shots are a typical result.<p>Golf instructors will often …

Fitness Friday: How to pure your irons

Even at golf's highest level, rarely is a player a great driver *and *a great iron player. It's either one or the other, because the body is required to do something different to flush a shot with each club, says Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear (@Ben_Shear).<p>If you tend to hit your driver …

Fitness Friday: Get wide and stay wide

Actually, in many cases, it's the result of poor shoulder mobility. This ball-and-socket joint, and the muscles that surround it, play a huge role in swinging the club correctly. Poor flexibility forces many golfers to let their arms collapse at the top of the backswing or let the left elbow jut …

Fitness Friday: How to swing like Rory (the sequel)

In response to feedback received on my recent Fitness Friday post "How to swing like Rory," I went back to Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear (@ben_shear) for more tips on how to emulate what might be the best power swing in golf. If you watch Rory McIlroy swing in slow motion (<i>see below</i>), …

Fitness Friday: The Five Worst Exercises For Golfers

Your heart is in the right place. You want to be stronger, healthier, and play better golf. But if you're anything like the typical gym goers that Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear (@Ben_Shear) sees, you're going about it the wrong way. Several popular exercises that you might think are helping …

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Fitness Friday: Bigger Turn = Bigger Drives

<b>By Ron Kaspriske</b><p>Some golf instructors will tell you the reason that amateurs restrict their body turn during the backswing is because they're afraid of not making solid contact, but there's actually a more typical reason: A lot of amateurs simply can't make a full, athletic turn.<p>"It's the most …

Fitness Friday: Immediate Help For Your Turn

<b>By Ron Kaspriske</b><p>Those slow-motion playbacks of tour pros hitting shots on TV are both impressive and humbling to watch. While the TV networks tend to focus on what the club is doing through the impact zone, I'm more fascinated with what the upper torso is doing in the backswing and downswing. The …

Top 10 experiences on Hawaii's Big Island

Island fever may happen elsewhere, but it's almost unheard of on Hawai'i. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways and - better yet - byways to explore. From age-old fishing villages to modern mega resorts, from snow-capped peaks to sandy beaches, you'll …