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How To Warm Up For Your Golf Game In 5 Minutes With Golf Fitness Stretches

Andrew Wilson


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It is well known that in every professional sport athletes perform a series of flexibility exercises and drills to prepare them to play a game. The game of golf is no different. Unseen to the general public, many PGA Tour players perform a series of golf flexibility exercises to prepare them to play golf. It is done prior to hitting the driving range or putting green. It is a process of getting the muscles and joints of body ready to swing a golf club. Most every golfer on the planet understands the benefit of a warm-up program to get the body ready to play golf or any sport for that matter. Unfortunately for us the time required to perform a comprehensive golf warm-up program with golf flexibility exercises is not reasonable. Not reasonable because of time restrictions on our busy lives.Tip: A time-tested adage for golfers is always keep your eye on that ball. This saying is applicable to a wide range of sports, but none more so than golf.For example, we set our tee time for Friday at 1:30. Our plan when we leave the house in the morning is “I will get to course at 1:00, hit a few putts, chip for 10 minutes, head to the range, and be at the first tee with a few minutes to spare”. Unfortunately, our plans sometimes do not play out as we intended.Tip: Concentrate on practicing your short distance golfing skills when you have small chunks of time to practice. Concentrate on your putting and chipping abilities.We get stuck with a client on the phone, a conference call runs long, we get stuck in traffic. Whatever the case may be we are caught rushing to the golf course, getting to the course with 10 minutes to spare, jump out of the car, tying our golf shoes, get to the first tee with 5 minutes to spare, haven’t hit a shot or putted….Do I need to go on?Probably not.Tip: The key to becoming a good golfer lies, in part, in learning which club does what. Know… Read more

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Golf Stretching Secrets To Improve Performance


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Andrew Wilson

The trend in larger and therefore heavier club heads in recent years has made golf stretching secrets even more important to acquire.Tip: Discover the variances in the clubs’ designs in order to improve your skills. Most importantly, understand the huge variations from iron to wood or wedges to drivers.To make matters worse for golfers not interested in embracing golf stretching secrets, golf is a game unlike other sports where continuous playing improves fitness and endurance. This is because the golf swing lasts only a second. Tip: Thoroughly survey a new course before you tee off for the first time. No matter if you’re using a scorecard or asking someone who is experienced with that course, knowing the dangers around the corner can help you avoid penalty strokes or those into hidden bunkers.It is instructive that many golfers are yet to appreciate this rather important fact. This is the reason who they have found it very difficult to see any improvement in their game. Tip: Check the club head – before you buy a used golf club! If a club has been overused, you can tell by the shiny, worn spot on the head. This is not good because the club head will not hold the ball as well.Still it is common to see golfers practice hitting the ball for hours on the course. The writing should really be on the wall by now. And that is it is unlikely to improve any golfer’s game if their body is not golf fit.Tip: Buy your golf shoes one size larger than you usually wear so that you can compensate for the inevitable foot expansion that takes place when walking around outside. Buying your exact size could lead to some tight shoes after you’ve been walking around the course for a few hours.Muscles that are not fit will usually be flabby and stiff, making a good golf game virtually impossible because a golfer will tire easily and using the correct golf swing will be virtually impossible.Tip: One of t… Read more

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Kundalini Yoga

The word Kundalini is a familiar one to all students of Yoga, as it is well known as the power, in the form of a coiled serpent, residing in Muladhara Chakra, the first of the seven Chakras, the other six being Svadhishthana, Manipuraka, A nahata, Visuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara, in order.


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Less is historically known of the Agamas than the Vedas, because the latter provide descriptive poem-pictures of Vedic life. The original Agamas are twenty-eight in number. They are called Saiva Agamas as they focus on establishing a relationship with and ultimately realizing the Supreme Being Siva. They carry names like Vira, Hero. Siddha, Perfected and Swayambhuva, naturally revealed.

The Agamas are divided into four parts called padas, lessons. The first two padas – Chariya good conduct, and Kriya, external worship,- include all the details of personal home life, house planning, town planning, personal worship in temples, the architectural plans for temples and sculpture as well as the intricacies of temple puja. The final two padas – Yoga, internalized worship and union, and Jnana, enlightened wisdom, – vividly describe the processes and stages of kundalini yoga, and the Cod-like plateaus of consciousness reached when Sivahood is attained. In the actual texts, the padas are ordered with jnana first, yoga second, then kriya and chariya – unfurling from a God-state to a human state.

The Agamas contain tens of thousands of verses, much more prolific than the Vedas. Though the Vedas stayed strictly in Sanskrit, the Agamas proliferated across India and oilier countries through many languages. But they fared poorly over the millennia, particularly the Yoga and Jnana Padas – so high and powerful. The custodian Saiva priests neglected them. Many padas of entire Agamas were lost or destroyed.

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Golf Fitness Training Equals Great Golf


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Andrew Wilson

If you’ve watched any golf on the television you’ve no doubt heard the commentator’s mention golf fitness training. It’s no secret that 95 percent of professional golfers are doing some for of golf fitness training. If there livelihood depends on their performance and they are participating in golf fitness training, why wouldn’t amateur golfers do the same? The golf swing is one of the most physically demanding movements on the human body of all sports. Swinging a three and a half foot long implement at upwards of 100 mph, while maintaining balance, stabilization and proper swing mechanics is very difficult.I don’t think I have to convince you of that do I? The “only” way to be able to accomplish this is by improving the strength AND flexibility of your golf muscles with a golf fitness training routine. What’s the simplest way to do this? I can tell you not on a machine in your local gym. Just take a look at the golf swing to realize it’s “on your feet” and bent at the waist. How could sitting in a machine help that? It can’t! You’ve got to do as many exercises as possible on your feet, involving balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. You don’t even have to be a golf fitness specialist to come up with some creative golf exercises on your own. How about making your golf swing while holding a single handweight? You can’t get anymore golf-specific than that. What about some exercise tubing (that’s inexpensive) attached to your door and make your golf swing? Another very golf-specific exercise. You don’t need a gym membership to do any of these and many more golf exercises. Convenience of doing these exercises in your home saves time and money. There is a lot of information (including books) showing golfers on machines in gyms. That’s not “golf-specific”, that’s “general fitness”. If you want to improve your game quickly and easily, try doing these “in-home” golf exercises. You wo… Read more

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Power Golf Exercises That Are Proven To Add Distance

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Power golf exercises are a unique set of exercises that you do not do in a gym on machines, nor do you lift heavy weights. For that matter, you can do simple power golf exercises right in your home with minimal equipment.You see…to improve the power in your golf swing, you need to look at the mechanics that create the power. Tip: Prepare a simple snack like nuts and bring it with you when you go golfing. You may find yourself exhausted after playing for awhile.It’s not your arms swinging the club as hard as you can! It’s not your legs driving your body through the swing! And it’s not swinging some funky 50 inch shaft with a 600cc titanium head either.It’s quite simple!The power in your golf swing is your CORE!Tip: Consider buying golf shoes that are a little bit bigger than necessary in order to account for swelling that often occurs after spending four or five hours walking outside during a round. If you buy shoes that are a “perfect fit,” you may have issues with them becoming uncomfortable near the finale of your game.Your core is the engine to your swing. If your core is weak or inflexible, you will never be able to hit a powerful tee shot. This is harsh…but very true!Tip: Become familiar with each new course before taking your first shot. Knowing every nook and cranny of a course can vastly improve your score.The modern power golf swing is one of being “connected” with your upper body. Not letting your letting your arms get separated from your body. Rotating your upper body as a whole, over a somewhat stable lower body will produce maximum power at impact.Tip: Know the differences between the clubs if you expect to become a good golfer. Knowing when you use the woods, wedges, irons and the others is the only way you’re going to consistently get the ball to its desired destination.So the perfect power golf exercises involve rotational movements with resistance i… Read more

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Stretching For Golf Isn’t What You Think

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Stretching for golf is critical to slowing down the rapid decline senior golfers experience, as well as reducing the stress on the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. The golf swing puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the body, and unless you are participating in a consistent stretching for golf program, you will be a statistic.Tip: Keep proper alignment with your feet. This simple step is considered to be one of the most important parts of maintaining a consistent swing.The statistic I’m talking about is being one of the millions of golfers who aren’t improving and who are injured at some point every season you play. Does this sound like you? If so, keep reading to find out how you avoid being a statistic, and instead be one of the very few who actually improve and play their best golf.Tip: A helpful tip when it comes to golf is to not take it too seriously. Mistakes do happen out on the course and you won’t hit a perfect shot every time, the key is to always keep smiling, which will help you relax.The golf swing is dynamic. What I mean is it involves motion. This motion needs to be fluid, tension-less, and powerful. The only way to accomplish this is with dynamic strength and stretching drills aimed specifically at your golf swing faults.Tip: To check your stance, wiggle your toes. If wiggling the toes is difficult when the golfer prepares to swing, it indicates that he or she is leaning too far in towards the ball.This approach to golf improvement is not utilized among most amateur golfers, but if done correctly will take your game to the highest level in the quickest amount of time.In most of the golf fitness books, videos and articles you read, you will see the golfer holding a particular stretch for up to 60 seconds. Let me ask you this!Tip: To maximize your shot, you always want to ensure that prior to swinging, your hold on the club is correct. The grip should be… Read more

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Beginners’ Yoga Video Offers Good Instruction

Trying to find well-produced fitness videos that are truly suitable for beginners can be a daunting challenge.

Most tapes these days aim at intermediate exercisers, the ones who know a grapevine from a box step and a lateral raise from a biceps curl. These tapes may offer a few easier moves here and there, but the instruction clearly is geared to people who already know what to do.

The few tapes that are marketed for beginners often are unspeakably repetitive, as if flabby muscles always mean a flabby brain. And too often, they provide no way to add extra challenge or difficulty to the routine, as if beginning exercisers are going to remain beginners forever.

It’s nice, then, to discover Yoga Zone: Flexibility and Tone, a beginners’ tape that offers the depth of instruction and easy pace that true beginners need.

The instructor here is Alan Finger, a genial-looking middle-aged man who wears a polo shirt, rolled-up cotton pants and a chin-length bob. His physique is not the standard chiseled form of exercise videos; he looks as if he might carry a few extra pounds around the middle.


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But he has a lovely voice (with a hint of a brogue) and a calm manner, two essentials for a yoga tape, where relaxation is key.

And he has a true gift for instruction, combining the nuts-and-bolts details of positioning with what it feels like to stretch and balance.

When he describes how the muscles of the feet ought to rotate through to the little toe, you’ll know — and be able to feel — just what he’s talking about.

But each move contains so many of these instructions that it can be a little overwhelming to try to master all of them at once.

If you have tried yoga before, you’ll recognize some of them — the down-on-all-fours stretch called the cat, the inverted V that forms the down dog, and the corpse, which requires little more than lying flat on one’s back, completely relaxed.

In another nod to beginners, Finger also provides true modifications and tips for those who may not be as flexible as they’d like.

Finger shows how a folded blanket can be placed under the knees or for better support while performing seated postures. A folded towel also is used for several poses, although Finger doesn’t announce that in advance.

The 50-minute session ends with stretching and relaxation, set to gentle New Age music that might lull you to sleep.

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