Golf sports – Pilot Knob Park Golf http://pilotknobparkgolf.org/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 05:08:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-22.png Golf sports – Pilot Knob Park Golf http://pilotknobparkgolf.org/ 32 32 Tiger Woods has declined a millionaire offer to play at LVI Golf https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/tiger-woods-has-declined-a-millionaire-offer-to-play-at-lvi-golf/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 08:47:48 +0000 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/tiger-woods-has-declined-a-millionaire-offer-to-play-at-lvi-golf/ MADRID, 2 years ago. (EUROPA PRESS) – The American golfer Tiger Woods, winner of 15 major tournaments, has declined a millionaire offer of between 700 and 800 million dollars to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series, as confirmed by the CEO of the new circuit, the Australian Greg Norman. “This number was available before I […]]]>

MADRID, 2 years ago. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The American golfer Tiger Woods, winner of 15 major tournaments, has declined a millionaire offer of between 700 and 800 million dollars to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series, as confirmed by the CEO of the new circuit, the Australian Greg Norman.

“This number was available before I became CEO. Tiger moves around a lot, right? So of course you have to go for the best of the best. Originally, Tiger was approached before I became CEO. CEO and that number was there,” Norman said Monday in an interview that aired on “Fox News” host Tucker Carlson’s late-night show.

Woods was one of the players most critical of the appearance of LVI, which caused the departure of important names such as his compatriots Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson or Brooks Koepka. In addition, the ‘Tiger’ welcomed the fact that the British Open did not invite Norman to its 2022 edition.

On the other hand, the former Australian golfer also criticized the actions of the American PGA, which he considers to hold “a monopoly”. “They just want to close the doors on us any way they can, so they’ll use every possible lever to do that, but they won’t. They are not going to close the doors to us because the product speaks for itself,” he warned.

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Former President Donald Trump explains his support for LIV Golf https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/former-president-donald-trump-explains-his-support-for-liv-golf/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 21:05:38 +0000 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/former-president-donald-trump-explains-his-support-for-liv-golf/ Former President Donald Trump played Thursday’s practice round ahead of this weekend’s LIV Golf pro-am tournament, which takes place at his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, NJ. Afterwards, he shared his thoughts on the new PGA Tour rival. “I have known these people for a long time in Saudi Arabia. They have been my […]]]>

Former President Donald Trump played Thursday’s practice round ahead of this weekend’s LIV Golf pro-am tournament, which takes place at his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, NJ. Afterwards, he shared his thoughts on the new PGA Tour rival.

“I have known these people for a long time in Saudi Arabia. They have been my friends for a long time and they have invested in many American companies,” Trump said of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund-backed tour, according to ESPN. “They own large percentages of many, many American companies. Honestly, what they do for golf is so awesome. What they do for the players is so great that salaries are going to skyrocket.

Much criticism of LIV Golf has focused on the influence of the Saudi government, pointing to past human rights issues, including the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which the CEO Greg Norman played it down, saying, “We’ve all made mistakes.” — or the belief that the government played a role in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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Tiger Woods tears up PGA Tour players who left for LIV Golf https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/tiger-woods-tears-up-pga-tour-players-who-left-for-liv-golf/ Tue, 12 Jul 2022 18:41:13 +0000 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/tiger-woods-tears-up-pga-tour-players-who-left-for-liv-golf/ During a press conference at the 150th Open Championship in St. Andrews, Tiger Woods revealed his thoughts on LIV Golf and the PGA Tour players who have been lured by the lucrative signing bonuses handed out by the Saudi-backed tour saudi. Something he turned down, even with what was reported to be a billion dollar […]]]>

During a press conference at the 150th Open Championship in St. Andrews, Tiger Woods revealed his thoughts on LIV Golf and the PGA Tour players who have been lured by the lucrative signing bonuses handed out by the Saudi-backed tour saudi.

Something he turned down, even with what was reported to be a billion dollar offer to take the leap.

However, notable names such as Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka were among the many golfers who were persuaded by Greg Norman to make the switch. Woods, who is often very reserved and calculated with what he says, has made no secret of the extent of the error he believes these players are making.

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American Championship of the Century Odds for Celebrity Golf https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/american-championship-of-the-century-odds-for-celebrity-golf/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 22:17:34 +0000 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/american-championship-of-the-century-odds-for-celebrity-golf/ Photo Credit: Jeff Bayer/American Championship of the Century TONY ROMO, MARDY FISH AT TOP CAESARS SPORTSBOOK ODDS WITH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE CENTURY ON JULY 8–ten; ACCESSORIES INCLUDE BARKLEY TOP 70, CURRY, SMOLTZ FINISH Justin Timberlake 250-1; John Smoltz 9-2; Patrick Mahomes 350-1; Aaron Rodgers 85-1; Annika Sorenstam 17-2; Barkley win: 7,500-1 ********************* SOUTH LAKE […]]]>

Photo Credit: Jeff Bayer/American Championship of the Century

TONY ROMO, MARDY FISH AT TOP CAESARS SPORTSBOOK ODDS WITH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE CENTURY ON JULY 8ten; ACCESSORIES INCLUDE BARKLEY TOP 70, CURRY, SMOLTZ FINISH

Justin Timberlake 250-1; John Smoltz 9-2; Patrick Mahomes 350-1; Aaron Rodgers 85-1; Annika Sorenstam 17-2; Barkley win: 7,500-1

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. (June 30, 2022) – Former champions Tony Romo and mardy fish are the The 2022 favorites to win the American Championship of the Century next week with Stephen Curry Annika Sorenstam and John Smoltz also among the contenders as the 33rd the annual celebrity golf competition returns for its nationally televised showcase July 8-10 in Lake Tahoe.

The Caesars Sportsbook traders have identified CBS NFL analyst Romo and Fish, the highest-ranked former U.S. tennis player, as 11-4 co-favorites to win the three-day, 54-hole tournament featuring some 90 world stars sports, entertainment and media. for $600,000 in lakeside prize money Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in the picturesque seaside resort. FOX MLB Analyst Smoltz is next at 9-2 followed by the defending champion/former NBA head coach Vinny Del Negre at 5-1. Three-time champion/former MLB All-Star pitcher Marc Muller follows at 13-2.

The top active professional athlete on the roster is Golden State Warriors NBA Champion Superstar Currywho is listed at 12-1 alongside the former Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams (also 12-1). Annika, the greatest player in women’s golf history, returns for her third run at the United States Championship of the Century title and is listed at 17-2.

NBA TNT analyst Charles Barley, arguably the most popular player in the tournament each year, is a super long shot at 7,500-1 to win the tournament, but a proposition bet that he will finish in the top 70 has already attracted significant investment from players. bettors and is now quoted at +280. This means that a $100 “YES” bet on Barkley to finish in the top 70 of the predicted 90 players would net a payout of $280. Last year Barkley’s odds of finishing 70e or better have been listed at +1600 or 16-1, so bettors are betting on Barkley’s improved game this year, even though he finished 76th at Lake Tahoe last July.

GOLF chain airs the tournament in prime time on Friday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET, and coverage will air live Friday on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App 4-6 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the second and final round airs on NBC Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. The tournament has raised over $6 million for charity over the years.

Other top players and their chances include the Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (85-1), recording artist and actor Justin Timberlake (250-1), Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (500-1), model and social media influencer Paige Spiranac (500-1), Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel (1,000-1), NBC’s Today meteorologist Dylan Dreyer (3,000-1), FOX NFL analyst and Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan (5,000-1). Colin Jost (1,000-1), the Saturday Night Live actor is among 13 newcomers to the field in 2022.

Roma won the American Championship of the Century in 2018 and 2019, immediately after retiring from football following three second-place finishes during his active playing days. Fish, the United States Davis Cup captain, won the title in 2020 and last April he defeated Romo in a playoff at the Invited Celebrity Classic in Irving, Texas.

Romo and Smoltz participated in PGA TOUR events against the best players in the world in addition to their annual battle to win the American Championship of the Century. Smoltz launched five PGA TOUR Champions (50+) events last year, and in 2018 he qualified for and competed in the US Senior Open, an achievement that stunned professional golf media pundits. .

Romo appeared at three PGA TOUR events in 2019, including the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas. Smoltz is a two-time winner of the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions (2019-20) celebrity tournament in Florida. Fish is a three-time winner of this tournament in Orlando.

The 2022 American Championship of the Century will use the modified Stableford format in which points are awarded by score per hole.

For the latest details, photos, celebrity tweets and fan contests using #ACCgolf, visit @ACChampionship on Twitter and instagramand Facebook. For tournament information: www.AmericanCenturyChampionship.com.

TOP 70: CHARLES BARKLEY

6899 YES TOP 70 +280

6900 NOT TOP 70 -340

A $100 BET ON BARKLEY TO FINISH IN THE TOP 70 ON SUNDAY, IF SUCCESSFUL, GENERATE A PAYOUT OF $280.

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Sports betting ramps up, showing sport’s potential – Sportico.com https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/sports-betting-ramps-up-showing-sports-potential-sportico-com/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/sports-betting-ramps-up-showing-sports-potential-sportico-com/ Today’s guest columnist is Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA. After exiting the summit of 86e Masters, marked by Tiger Woods’ triumphant return to Augusta National – and followed by the dramatic end to the PGA Championship – the sports betting industry is ready to channel that same energy into the US Open. Emerging star […]]]>

Today’s guest columnist is Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA.

After exiting the summit of 86e Masters, marked by Tiger Woods’ triumphant return to Augusta National – and followed by the dramatic end to the PGA Championship – the sports betting industry is ready to channel that same energy into the US Open. Emerging star Scottie Scheffler will likely shine this week in Brookline, Mass., a state that is looking to open the doors to sports betting, providing the perfect backdrop to establish sports betting as a staple in the golf community.

Since the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, sports betting has exploded in the United States. A report by the American Gaming Association (AGA) revealed that in 2021, sports betting generated $53 billion in total wagered. And while sports betting continues to grow in popularity as new legal markets open up, golf remains a small percentage of all betting.

At PointsBet, golf betting has grown 10x since we entered the US market, but it still only accounts for around 5% of all bets, with NFL, NBA, college football and college basketball occupying the first places.

The key to closing the golf betting gap and elevating golf to a premier betting sport lies in live and in-play betting and their potential to attract a new generation of smartphone-equipped sports bettors. Historically, in advanced markets such as Australia and Europe, data has shown the propensity to watch an event increase by up to five times if they bet on it.

Going beyond traditional betting types, such as outright tournament winner, is key to this. We are able to create propositions where punters can engage with the sport throughout the event, at different times, and achieve results in minutes instead of waiting four days for a tournament. If a fan were to log into their PointsBet account throughout the US Open, they would have the ability to bet on around 500 live markets and more.

To put it into perspective, rather than betting exclusively on Cameron Smith to win the US Open, a fan can bet his total score over/under, the performance of each hole as “birdie or better” and matchups. head-to-head for the round against the other players. Over the next few years, we see this extend to the longest drive, closest to the pin, and even if the individual will sink a putt. The creation of these flash betting opportunities can make golf a top betting sport, in line with how football and tennis have been revolutionized by live and in-play micro-markets.

Not only does in-play betting usher in a new viewing experience for fans, it also increases fan engagement and interaction, and creates heightened levels of excitement throughout each tournament. Measuring the performance of the Masters 2022 against the Masters 2020, PointsBet recorded a 166% growth in the in-play handle, showing the vast potential of these markets.

And while in-play betting is sure to shake things up within the golf community, partnerships are what will bring it all together. As the official betting operator of the PGA Tour, PointsBet licenses official live score data, which powers our ability to offer a full range of pre-match and live betting options.

Partnerships are also crucial in the industry’s efforts to educate the masses about betting. Our partnership with NBC Sports gives us direct access to the golf community through ratings integrations on the Golf Channel, direct communication with their talent, and on-air presence for our spokespersons. Adding to the storytelling of key moments in golf with odds integrations is nothing new; for example, the make-putt percentages shown for decades are a version of the odds, i.e. a 25% chance of making a putt is the same as odds of +300 or 3/1 .

The reality is that golf is full of opportunities for sports betting shows aimed at informing fans of betting opportunities and giving them a high reason to tune in and extend their time watching a golf tournament.

We’ve seen firsthand the value that sports betting broadcasts offer fans, broadcasters and our industry through what we call BetCasts. Looking at the NBA-focused BetCasts we ran earlier this year, the trade numbers prove the effectiveness of these types of activations. On average, the 2022 Chicago Bulls BetCasts we featured with NBC Sports Chicago generated 107% more in-play unique bettors and 81% more in-play total bets.

Players, viewers and fans are passionate about the game, and golf’s high viewership provides fertile ground for experimenting with alternative betting-centric television broadcasts and alternative odds-based programming. But to move from words to deeds, we need the support of the major championships to bring the concept to life.

While the roots of golf betting can be traced back to the founding of the game in the Scottish countryside, today sports betting and tour operators are only scratching the surface of what is possible. If charted correctly, golf can pave the way to becoming one of the best sports to bet on – and this week at the US Open, we’ll get a taste of that.

Aitken has led US operations as CEO since 2018 of PointsBet, the official sports betting partner of NBC Sports and an official betting operator of the PGA Tour..

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Thomas calls LIV-PGA rift ‘sad’ for US Open and golf – Sports https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/thomas-calls-liv-pga-rift-sad-for-us-open-and-golf-sports/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 06:24:40 +0000 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/thomas-calls-liv-pga-rift-sad-for-us-open-and-golf-sports/ BROOKLINE: Golf’s divide between the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series is making headlines at the US Open and Justin Thomas is saddened by what it could mean for the sport. The fifth-ranked American star won his second major title at the PGA Championship last month and is set to come into this […]]]>

BROOKLINE: Golf’s divide between the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series is making headlines at the US Open and Justin Thomas is saddened by what it could mean for the sport.

The fifth-ranked American star won his second major title at the PGA Championship last month and is set to come into this week’s showdown at the Country Club worrying more about thick, fast greens than the impact of money on the sides. people and majors.

“I tossed and lost a lot of sleep last week thinking about what could happen,” Thomas said Monday.

While the US PGA Tour has banned all players who join the LIV Golf series, the US Golf Association has said it will not change its qualification to deny players like Phil Mickelson or Dustin Johnson because they participated. at the LIV opening event last week in England.

But imagine future majors with several big contenders banned for playing on the rebel circuit or teams cut back for the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. Thomas does.

McIlroy rejoices in beating Normandy mark with Canadian Open win

“Things like that could potentially be hurt because of some people leaving, and if others leave, it’s just sad,” Thomas said. “It just makes me sad.

“I just want to play against the best in the world and try to win majors. That being said, the best players in the world have to be there, but at the same time, I don’t necessarily want guys to be able to do both. It is a difficult place to live. »

Thomas has been a staunch supporter of the PGA Tour, even as big winners such as Mickelson, Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed parted ways for LIV Golf and record $25 million purses.

“Everything has a price, I guess,” Thomas said.

England’s 18th-ranked Matt Fitzpatrick, winner of the 2013 US Amateur Country Club, will play in the same group as LIV’s Johnson for the first two rounds, on the front lines of golf’s hottest topic.

“That’s obviously the talk of the tour right now. Everyone wants to know what’s going on,” Fitzpatrick said. “Things have changed a bit.

“Everyone was sick of hearing about it and they were like, okay, let’s start already, and now they’ve started, everyone’s like, oh, actually, that’s pretty interesting. What’s going- It’s kind of sparked a little more interest, and we’ll just see what happens.

Thomas calls it a slap in the face for the US Open, saying: “You can’t go anywhere without someone talking about it. It’s sad. It’s the US Open and… that seems to be the subject of all the questions.

” It is sad. It’s not fair to the USGA. It’s not good for the US Open. It’s not good for us players. But that’s unfortunately where we are right now.

Richer not always better

Mickelson and Thomas showed respect when talking about golfers on the opposite circuit.

“I respect if they disagree, but right now it’s the right decision,” Mickelson said Monday. “It brings out a lot of strong emotions in a lot of people and I respect how they may or may not feel.”

Thomas wants to avoid personal ruptures.

“You may disagree with the decision,” he said. “But for people back home to say that Dustin Johnson is now a bad person, that’s not fair. It’s just not fair.

Thomas marvels at the “astronomical money” LIV pays, but essentially argues that money can’t buy happiness.

“There’s no amount of money you could get, if you don’t like or enjoy what you’re actually doing, you’re always going to be miserable,” he said.

“While you may be miserable in a bigger house or a nicer car, that doesn’t necessarily mean your life will be better.” “It’s okay if you don’t want to do it,” he said. “There’s going to be some kind of number that’s going to get people thinking about it, and they’re hitting that number with a lot of people.”

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Ari Fleischer’s Bad Publicity Tour Continues With LIV Golf https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/ari-fleischers-bad-publicity-tour-continues-with-liv-golf/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 02:24:12 +0000 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/ari-fleischers-bad-publicity-tour-continues-with-liv-golf/ With Ari Fleischer on the college football playoff payroll, the band never have to wait long for their next round of negative feedback. They have a publicist consultant who specializes in generating negative publicity. Pretty much the opposite of what you would want. Fleischer’s appearance as a moderator at the Saudi-backed LIV Golf press conference […]]]>

With Ari Fleischer on the college football playoff payroll, the band never have to wait long for their next round of negative feedback. They have a publicist consultant who specializes in generating negative publicity. Pretty much the opposite of what you would want.

Fleischer’s appearance as a moderator at the Saudi-backed LIV Golf press conference on Tuesday was just the latest emotional moment from a guy who never failed to fail working for the PSC. He has also made regular appearances as a political commentator on Fox News, which has created some unease for a college athletics organization trying to remain apolitical. And then there’s pretty much everything he’s touched in his role as a college football propagandist.

Fleischer was part of the public relations effort dedicated to saving the Bowl championship series and avoiding the playoffs – that should have been enough to free him from any role in the next iteration of the sport, but no. Fleischer remained on board as a consultant for the CFP, proving to be magically malleable on the sport’s playoff issue.

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Dustin Johnson loses Ryder Cup eligibility with move to LIV Golf https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/dustin-johnson-loses-ryder-cup-eligibility-with-move-to-liv-golf/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 13:08:40 +0000 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/dustin-johnson-loses-ryder-cup-eligibility-with-move-to-liv-golf/ Dustin Johnson has officially resigned from his PGA Tour membership, and he said on Tuesday that he plans to only play LIV Golf events and major championships in the future. Johnson, who has been a member of the Tour since 2008, announced the news at a press conference Tuesday, ahead of LIV Golf’s first event […]]]>

Dustin Johnson has officially resigned from his PGA Tour membership, and he said on Tuesday that he plans to only play LIV Golf events and major championships in the future.

Johnson, who has been a member of the Tour since 2008, announced the news at a press conference Tuesday, ahead of LIV Golf’s first event at Centurion Golf Club. His decision follows those made by Kevin Na, Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace and Charl Schwartzel, who will all face ramifications for the move.

Among the most serious consequences Johnson and others are expected to face is ineligibility for future Ryder Cups. Players must be members of the PGA of America to be considered for team selection, and PGA Tour members are automatically members of the PGA of America.

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Texas Longhorns above the cut line after the second round of NCAA golf https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/texas-longhorns-above-the-cut-line-after-the-second-round-of-ncaa-golf/ Sun, 29 May 2022 02:19:54 +0000 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/texas-longhorns-above-the-cut-line-after-the-second-round-of-ncaa-golf/ The Texas Longhorns scored the same for the second straight day at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday. Texas shot an 11 on par 291 for the second straight round, and the Longhorns are now 22 on par 582. By the end of the second round, Texas […]]]>

The Texas Longhorns scored the same for the second straight day at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday.

Texas shot an 11 on par 291 for the second straight round, and the Longhorns are now 22 on par 582. By the end of the second round, Texas was tied for eighth and above the cut line.

Texas is now starting to play better after finishing fourth at the Norman Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 15th consecutive tournament.

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Will resistance training negatively impact my golf swing? What’s the benefit? – Mercury https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/will-resistance-training-negatively-impact-my-golf-swing-whats-the-benefit-mercury/ Wed, 25 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://pilotknobparkgolf.org/will-resistance-training-negatively-impact-my-golf-swing-whats-the-benefit-mercury/ Golf is a popular sport in the United States, with over 32 million participants each year (National Golf Foundation, 2020). The most critical determinant of golf performance is the resulting combination of ball accuracy and driving distance. A significant amount of skill and deliberate practice is required to hit a golf ball accurately. Some golf […]]]>

Golf is a popular sport in the United States, with over 32 million participants each year (National Golf Foundation, 2020). The most critical determinant of golf performance is the resulting combination of ball accuracy and driving distance. A significant amount of skill and deliberate practice is required to hit a golf ball accurately. Some golf pros and golfers believe that resistance training will “mess up” their golf swing; however, this dogma could not be further from scientific truth. In this article, I will debunk this myth and demonstrate how the proper golf exercise program can improve your game.

In the golf swing, many physical attributes significantly influence driving distance. The ability to hit a golf ball away from a body’s morphological perspective comes from explosive muscle contraction and segmental sequencing and stacking forces. Power starts from the ground reaction forces at the foot and ankle, moving up the kinetic chain to the hips. Then the kinetic energy passes from the trunk or torso to the shoulders. The force continues to move into the arms, hands and eventually the clubhead. Elastic energy amplifies power during the swing by wrapping and unwinding soft tissue (muscles, tendons, fascia), much like a “rubber band”. The optimal range of motion and flexibility during the swing sequence allows for an optimal stretch-shortening cycle. Optimal range of motion and flexibility are needed during the swing to create segmental body separations (ankle-knee, knee-hip, hip-torso, torso-shoulder, shoulder-arm, and arm-wrist) that amplify explosive power. Optimal clubhead speed can be achieved if all energy is transferred up the kinetic chain quickly and in an orderly fashion without energy leaks (movement inefficiency reduces energy transfer). Effective sound swing mechanics are essential to allow these events to occur.

However, the golfer must generate significant range of motion and power (force x velocity/time) to optimize the golf swing. Physical training can have a substantial impact on the development of clubhead speed. Many elite golfers use resistance exercise programs to improve their ability to hit a golf ball. Studies have shown that proper physical training programs can increase clubhead speed by 1.6-7% and increase driving distance by 4-8% (Wells, J Strength Cond, 2009). Research shows that those with the most muscle power in the core/torso, hips, legs and hands have the fastest swing speeds among elite golfers.

Will weight training negatively affect my golf swing?

A common myth is that weight training negatively affects an individual’s golf swing by reducing flexibility and range of motion. Some think weight training will create big, tight muscles like Arnold Swartznager or “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson; However, this is not true. First, most adults will struggle to build significant muscle. Second, strength gains occur slowly over months or even years. During the first six weeks of training, there is minimal hypertrophy (growth) in the muscle. The strength changes are neurological, i.e. a motor learning effect when lifting weights. Muscle hypertrophy occurs over time, provided there is any; good genetics (fast twitch muscle optimal for hypertrophy), high amounts of protein (1.6g per pound) to optimize protein synthesis (muscle building process), adequate amounts of quality calories and optimal hormonal levels (testosterone, insulin growth factor and growth hormone). Even with all of this, the maximum an adult will gain is 1-2 pounds. of muscle per month. With progressive resistance training specific to functional sports, that 1-2 pound muscle gain would be for the whole body, not a particular region. The type of muscle the golfer would gain would be lean muscle, not the bulky tight muscle commonly described in bodybuilders.

What is the best way for a golfer to train?

The optimal exercise prescription would be sport-specific functional progressive resistance exercise over resistance exercise. Strength exercises focus on isolated body movements (i.e. joint body movement, the biceps). This exercise creates strength and hypertrophy in a specific muscle group without regard to function or sport-specific movement patterns. However, sport-specific functional exercise trains multiple joints simultaneously in specific movement patterns that create strength and power relative to the individual’s sport. (Emery et al. Br J Sports Med, 2002) Functional exercise training would include; balance, flexibility, posture, core stability, strength, power and cardiovascular training. Training in functional exercises is based on the principle of specific adaptation to an imposed demand. (SAID principle). The SAID principle means that our body will respond specifically to how we train. So train specifically for the needs of the sport (Cook G. Movement: Functional Movement Systems. Aptos, 2010.)

Will sport-specific functional exercise prevent or minimize golf-related injuries?

The golf swing is a complex full-body movement that transfers power through every limb and most joints of the body. A recent large epidemiological study revealed that 60% of professionals and 40% of amateurs suffered an injury that took them away from the game. Overuse injuries account for up to 82% of all golf injuries. (Ludwig et al. Am J Sports Med. 2003) A study demonstrated that injury frequency is based on disability (59% injury rate with disabilities >18, 62% injury rate 10-17 and 68% <10). (McCarroll et al. Phys Sports Med. 1990) The injury most commonly occurs in the main arm, ie the left shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand for a right-handed golfer. (Theriault G, Lachance P. Golf Injuries: An Overview. Sports Med. 1998) Low back pain is the most common injury due to the high torque and range of rotation of the trunk and lumbar spine during the swing.

Many golf-related injuries are due to poorly prepared or poorly trained athletes. (Caine et al. Clin J Sports Med 16) 2016.) Several research studies have indicated that if trained appropriately (conditioning, strengthening, correcting muscle imbalances, balance, coordination, and correcting training errors) , 50% of injuries could be reduced. (Chan et al. Concept, 2006, Olsen et al. Br Med J, 2011)

Ultimately, sport-specific functional progressive resistance exercise will improve a golfer’s ability while increasing athleticism and preventing golf-related injuries.

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