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Fitness Friday: Three new exercises from Jordan Spieth's trainer

Humans move in contralateral patterns. When you step forward with your left foot, your right hand moves forward, too. The opposite happens if you step with your right foot. This coordinated movement should happen unconsciously—it's a sign of a healthy nervous system—and it's typically learned in …

Exercise

How To Take Down Flags With Your Short Irons

At the 2014 Humana Challenge, I had a streak with my short irons--8-iron through pitching wedge--where I felt I couldn't miss. I opened 63-63-63, firing at every flag, then held on for the win. I've been chasing that feeling ever since. With all respect to the other clubs, playing aggressively with …

Golf

Fitness Friday: How to avoid knee injuries

Many well-intentioned people enter the gym each day with the goal of increasing overall strength and muscle function in order to protect their joints. The knees are typically at the top of the list—especially for golfers because of the stress placed on them over decades of absorbing punishment from …

Make The Turn Weekly Challenge #37: Bomb It Big

Everyone wants to hit their golf ball farther! Although it helps to be built for power, anyone can very quickly learn to train themselves into a little more club head speed.<p>This week's challenge was presented to me while running my Nike Junior Golf Camps in Pebble Beach. I had hired a good young …

Fitness Friday: The way you sit can hurt your golf swing

"Most people don't even realize they're doing it," says Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear (@ben_shear). "Desk jobs promote it. So does riding in a cart. Even practicing your putting for long periods causes it. The deck is stacked against you."<p>You need a posture reboot, Shear says, and he will …

Two easy ways to speed up golf

My golf course closed for the season on the Monday before Thanksgiving. The day before that, 13 guys showed up for the final 2014 home-course meeting of the Sunday Morning Group. I wasn't there, because I was on my way home from a non-golf reporting assignment in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and …

How He Hit That: Jordan Spieth's wind-proof swing

Any PGA Tour player has the skill to go really low. But some low rounds are held in more esteem than others, and Jordan Spieth's Sunday 63 to win the Australian Open is one of them.<p>"To get the feel of a good transition and improved body rotation in your swing, start without a ball and your feet …

Nine Things Golfers Should Know Before Taking Up Yoga

Make The Turn Weeky Challenge #31: One-Minute Swing

A big word I like to hammer home during my coaching sessions is "awareness." In golf, awareness means you have a full understanding of what "IS" within your current pattern. You understand exactly what's happening at impact to create your contact and ball flight, as well as how your club and body …

Fitness Friday: Is your workout bad for your back?

Perhaps the biggest misconception in terms of training for a better golf game is that your back— particularly the lower back—needs to be more mobile. Trying to increase the range of motion in your lower back with a variety of torso-twisting exercises is a recipe for future pain and injury, says …

The single most important truth about golf

When I took up golf, not quite 25 years ago, I was embarrassed to swing a club in public. On the first tee one day, I hit my ball sideways, nearly killing a man on the putting green. I sliced so many balls into the woods that I seldom had trouble finding one of my own when I went into the woods to …

Make The Turn Weekly Challenge #32: Back 9 Snacks

Leaving the house with a healthy meal under your belt doesn't mean your work is done. A day on the course requires that you keep your body fueled and your mind sharp for the long haul.<p>Too often golfers think of snacks as something they throw in their bag or grab at the turn. Unfortunately, many …

6 things Apple's new iPhone and Watch can do that golfers will care about

Even if it's not trying to, Apple launching a new product invariably affects the way golfers do things. In that vein, here are a few new features from the new iPhone 6 (from $199) and Apple Watch (from $349) that we think will matter most to golfers. For a complete wrap-up of the two products, head …

Stuff: Zap away your workout soreness

A key indicator of good health is how fast your body recovers from physical stress. If it's a cut on your arm, how fast does the wound heal? If your heart rate skyrockets during a run, how fast does it take to slow down to a normal rhythm?<p>In fitness circles, decreasing muscle fatigue and speeding …

Back to Basics

How to groove your move off the tee and into the green<p>Hit the ball as far as you can, then wedge it as close as you can. That combination has proved very effective for tour pros and is one that, with a little practice, you can improve, too. Nothing gives you a better boost than driving the ball in …

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>), …

Shaun Webb fixes your weight shift and head movement

When PGA Tour player David Toms decided to open a golf academy in his hometown of Shreveport, La., he entrusted the chief teaching job to Shaun Webb -- a Maine native with extensive experience using cutting-edge training tools, such as the K-Vest and TrackMan, and who had certification with the …

Fitness Friday: Training for better hip rotation

Muscular symmetry is paramount to staying injury free, and you should always exercise muscles on the left and right sides of the body—as well as the back and front—similarly. However, when it comes to synchronizing the downswing and creating clubhead speed, a key ingredient is generating good …

It might not look like much, but this training aid could help you hole more putts

Training yourself to make more putts by practicing with a target smaller than a regulation-sized cup is a time-honored technique among golf instructors. It's also the key to the Dead Zero putting aid. The 2 1/8-inch wide disk can be used on a practice green, a carpet or any surface to sharpen your …

Make The Turn Weekly Challenge #24: Healthier Happy Hour

For most adults, a round of golf is commonly associated with enjoying social time in the clubhouse or 19th hole.<p>If you belong to a club or play often, golf is part of your lifestyle. A "lifestyle" is a pattern of behaviors which make you not only who you are, but who you're going to be. Make bad …

How to carry your carry bag

Walking and carrying your bag is a solid workout, but sometimes walkers complain of back pain. If you're feeling some pain, don't give up on walking and carrying: The way you're carrying your bag could be contributing to the problem. I talked to Seth Enes, the chief designer at bag manufacturer Sun …

Rory McIlroy's swing coach is the un-guru

Rory McIlroy's rise has a lot of the same elements as the Tiger Woods story from 1997 to 2000 -- precocious talent, huge power, plenty of charisma, and a giant endorsement deal from Nike.<p>What McIlroy's story doesn't have is swing drama. Woods has torn down his swing three different times and is in …

Chris Smeal fixes your body movement and improves your feel

Chris Smeal runs one of the busiest and most successful junior programs on the West Coast -- Future Champions Golf at Stadium Golf in San Diego. A Golf Digest top teacher in California, Smeal has worked with players who have gone on to Division I scholarships and AJGA victories. This week, he takes …

Fitness Friday: Think twice before you use ice

The acronym RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) has been a prescription for treating soft-tissue injuries since the late 1970s. Golfers with sore knees, sprained ankles and elbow tendinitis know it well. But some health experts are starting to question whether the "I" should be included in the …

Make The Turn Challenge #23: Shift Your Perspective

One of the more confusing aspects associated with putting is green reading. The most common problem I see golfers make is significantly under-reading the break. This is always evident when I play in a scramble tournament with a few amateurs. During a scramble, the group plays collectively as a …

Fitness Friday: How to swing like Rory

__By Ron Kaspriske<p>__<p>In simpler terms, he can rotate his pelvis without his torso moving in the same direction. This ability, known by golf-fitness experts as lower-body dissociation, allows a player to generate a tremendous amount of energy, which can then be used to smash the ball. If you watch a …

Hit Crazy Good Shots

How to escape your horrendous lies<p>1. FROM THE UNDERBRUSH<p>When your ball is suspended in a bush or a tuft of tall grass, the first thing to do is channel your inner Seve Ballesteros. Like him, always be confident you can pull off the shot.<p>Use a wedge or 9-iron, and grip down an inch for control. …

Can't Wish It In

Why you need a firm stroke on short putts<p>When friends play together, you see a lot of short putts kicked away. Gimmes might feel good, but when you get in a round where you have to putt everything out, you're probably scared to death.<p>That fear shows itself with an early peek at the hole—an attempt …

You Like to Rip It?

Good boy. Here's how to keep your shoes on<p>All right, tough guy. I know distance is your drug, but when you try to choke another 10 out of your driver, beware of two things: First, you might pop a rib; second, your odds of hitting it solid are like Phil Mickelson passing up a Five Guys burger …

Make The Turn Challenge #22: Maximum Muscle Recovery

When it comes to fitness training, it's often the little things that can make the biggest difference. This is especially true as it relates to how you "feel." Although it's easy to assume if someone looks great, they feel great, the hidden areas beneath the exterior often tell the real story.<p>There …