We just returned from the Golf Positive 2021 Solheim Cup Extravaganza, and, if I could pick one word to describe this trip, it would be “AMAZING!”. Be sure to follow me on Facebook @debbie.oconnell.positive and Instagram @debbie_o_connell to catch the highlights of this unbelievable event that created memories I know we will all cherish for a lifetime.
While there I couldn’t help but wonder if you, your friends, or your relatives are dreaming of playing in major PGA or LPGA tournaments someday. Maybe your dream is to consistently win in amateur tournaments or start a multi-billion dollar company like my friend and mentor, Joe Matson.
Whatever you hope to achieve both on or off the golf course, it all starts with a better roadmap for success. The elite athletes we saw at the Solheim Cup have all found the answers to quality questions like, “What do champion golfers, or the executives of Fortune 500 companies for that matter, do that goes beyond conventional strategies and allows them to enter another level of success?” In other words, what do these individuals have in common?
Before I became an LPGA professional golfer or award-winning golf teacher, I was introduced to the answer to this question that allowed me to follow my passion and later develop my Core Triumph™ four-step plan. Someone shared this invaluable information with me, and I can’t wait to offer it to you free of charge as well. You can find the foundation of this proven system in my popular book called “Golf Positive! Live Positive!” that I’m currently offering on my website as a free download with no strings attached!
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What’s Missing in My Golf Game?
If you know how it feels to wake up before sunrise and go to bed late because you are practicing your swing, stance, and weight-shifting strategies only to find little to no improvement in your score, then it’s time for a change. You know something is missing, so you scour the Internet searching for a better set of clubs, a teaching tool, or a corrective device. The thought that you might be destined to be stuck with the same scores forever starts to creep in, along with self-doubt, anxiety, and the fear of embarrassment as your peers advance. What do they have that you lack?
Raw Talent is Less Important Than You Might Think
First, let me answer that question for you. They have nothing that you don’t already possess that makes them successfully develop their progress besides a clear blueprint for their goals, the determination to achieve them, and a positive mindset that gives them the confidence they need to be victorious. Sure, they might be naturals on the golf course and coast through their first few years of playing. But, soon, they will be measured against a higher level of players, and they will need to follow a roadmap to achieve their wins just like everyone else!
Back to the Mental Drawing Board
If you have the determination and drive to advance but you lack the clearly defined goals that are broken into small manageable steps or the self-confidence to succeed, you need to go back to the drawing board. Golf is not a game that requires an abundance of strength or the most expensive clubs. You can buy all the gimmicks the world has to offer or become a weight-lifting champion and never see improvement in your game. This sport is played in your mind, not on the course. It’s about training your mind to believe you are going to lower your score today and every day after, envision the ball going farther before you ever step onto the golf course, have an effective strategy to perfect your swing, and decide your tactics for beating the course slope before selecting your club. There is no room for doubt in your abilities, feeling nervous about who might be watching, or the fear of making a mistake. Should you allow any of these issues to creep into your thoughts, you have already given up and your mindset needs to reboot to focus on getting the win!
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Article of the Month
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Posted on alomoves.com
If you’re a golfer, you know that postgame pain can be par for the course. While golf can provide a positive boost to your mental and physical health, the repetitive motions made during the game can put stress and strain on your body if you don’t keep up a regular stretching routine. That’s where yoga comes in to save the day.
THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR GOLFERS
- Increases overall flexibility, which can help improve your consistency, power, and accuracy for your swing
- Helps improve body awareness and control
- Improves your core strength and stability
- Improves your posture and counteracts hours of hunching and bending down at the course
- Relieves lower back pain and counteracts tension from repeated spinal rotation
- Teaches breath control and relaxation under pressure
If you’re experiencing pain after golfing, it could be the result of many factors such as overuse, improper form or technique, long hours spent walking and bending down, and the stress from constant swinging. We’ve rounded up the 8 best yoga poses for golfers to help relieve tension, strengthen your body, prevent injury, and improve your recovery so you can get back on the green in no time. Prefer to follow along with a class? Check out our Yoga for Golfers class playlist on Alo Moves.
1. WRIST STRETCH
Stretch your right arm out in front of you with your palms facing outward and fingers facing down. Use your left fingers to grab your right pinky and support the knuckle joint with your thumb. Inhale, and roll your shoulders down, then exhale to gently pull your finger back toward your torso as the other fingers open up and stretch wide. Release your finger, then repeat with each of the remaining fingers.
2. COWFACE ARMS
Reach your right arm up with your palm facing forward and your left arm down with your palm facing back. Reach your hands behind your back, bend at your elbows, and let your hands hover while trying not to touch your back. After a few breaths, release the hover and see if you can connect your fingers. You can also hold a strap, belt, or tie in your hands to make the connection. Repeat on the other side.
3. SPHINX POSE
Lower down to your belly and prop yourself up on your forearms. Align your elbows underneath your shoulders with palms facing down and fingers spread wide. Squeeze your shoulder blades together to lift your heart, broaden across your chest, and pull your shoulders back and down. Slightly tuck your chin to lengthen the back of your neck. Press the tops of your feet into the mat.
4. DOWNWARD DOG TWIST
Begin in a push-up position, then bend your knees and lift your hips up and back. Grip the mat with your fingertips and press down through your index finger knuckles. Hug your forearms in, externally rotate your upper arms, and spread your shoulder blades wide. Draw your ribs in and your outer hips up and back. Internally rotate your inner thighs as you root your heels down. Spend a few breaths in Downward Dog, then make your way to a twist by walking your feet in a few inches so your heels touch the ground. Put the weight into your left hand and reach your right arm to the outside edge of your left leg. On an exhale, thread yourself through to the left a little bit deeper. Unwind and switch sides.
5. LUNGE TWIST WITH QUAD STRETCH
Starting on hands and knees, step your right foot between your hands and walk it toward the right side of the mat. Scoot your left knee back and place your hands on the inside of your front foot. Take a few breaths in Lizard Pose. To find the quad stretch, bend your back leg and reach back with your right hand to catch hold of your left foot. Turn your chest to the right, feel your top shoulder lifting to the ceiling, and stay lifted on your hand or lower to your forearm. Repeat on the other side.
6. PIGEON POSE AT THE WALL
Sit next to a wall and swing your legs up, scooting your hips to the edge and letting your legs rest straight up on the wall. Bend your right knee and place your right ankle on the top of your left thigh, creating a figure-four shape. Stay here, or bend your left leg to deepen the stretch, sliding your left foot down the wall. To exit the pose, slide your left leg back up the wall, unwind, and switch sides.
7. REVERSE TABLETOP WITH FIGURE 4 LEGS
Come to a seat with your legs bent and out in front of you. Lean back onto your hands with your fingertips pointing to the back of the mat. Extend your right leg up, flex your foot, and pivot your toes to the right. From this position, place your right ankle above your left knee for a Seated Pigeon Stretch. Walk your hands closer to your body for more sensation. To open up your front body, point your fingertips to face the front of your mat and lift your hips up toward the sky, keeping your legs in that figure-four shape. Keep it gentle and come out if you feel any discomfort. Switch sides.
8. SUPINE TWIST
Lie on your back and hug your knees into your chest. Keep your right knee hugging in and extend your left leg out long on the mat. Bring your right knee across your body and let it rest toward the mat or on a block. Take your right arm straight out to the side or in a goalpost shape. Look up or out over your right arm. To come out, help your knee back to center and switch sides.
Posted on GOLF by Luke Kerr-Dineen
Welcome to Play Smart, a game-improvement column that drops every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Game Improvement Editor Luke Kerr-Dineen to help you play smarter, better golf. Today, we’re talking about Phil Mickelson’s diet.
KIAWAH ISLAND S.C. — Asked how he could possibly do the unthinkable and win a major at age 50, against men half his age, Phil Mickelson’s answer was simple.
“I worked harder,” he said.
“I work harder physically to be able to practice as long as I wanted to and I’ve had to work a lot harder to be able to maintain focus throughout a round. If I work a little harder, spend a little more time in the gym, eat well, practice hard, there’s no reason why I can’t put it all out there for 18 holes.”
And nowhere is that hard work and sacrifice more apparent than in Phil’s physical transformation.
For most of his professional golf career and, indeed, his life, Phil looked like the rest of us: Slightly soft around the middle. And then, rather than letting his career vanish into the twilight, something switched.
“I wasn’t educated,” Phil told me ahead of the 2020 U.S. Open. “I either wasn’t aware or didn’t want to know the things I was putting in my body, whether it was diet soda and how toxic that is, or whether it was the amount of sugar and how much inflammation it causes, or whether it was the quantity; all of those things, I just kind of shut my eyes to.”
Armed with a new diet and a sense of purpose, the soft-and-smiley Phil became lean-and-macho seemingly overnight.
Phil Mickelson’s diet
If you’re looking for a proper deep-dive into Phil’s diet, I’d highly recommend my friend and colleague Sean Zak’s first-hand look trying Phil’s coffee-and-water fast. If you’re looking for something a little more high-level, think of it this way: Generally speaking, Phil eats less of everything and better overall. It’s a good rule to follow for anyone looking to lose weight.
Specifically, Phil structures his eating around periodic fasts. He goes on longer fasts, like the kind Sean tried, and shorter ones. He does three-day fasts every few months as a way of resetting his immune system; he does shorter fasts more often, saying after his final round that he fasts for 36 hours straight once a week.
“It gives my body a chance to reset,” he said.
Phil said he alters his 36-hour, day-and-a-half weekly fast depending on his schedule. Usually, if he’s playing, it’s at the start of the week.
That’s the formula for Mickelson’s diet that works for him: 1.5 days of fasting to cleanse and detox his body so it can recover, 5.5 days of healthier eating overall. But while the results are self-evident, it doesn’t come without sacrifice.
Recipe of the Month
Posted on Whole Kitchen Sink by Paleo Bailey
Great for Paleo, Whole30, and Low Carb diets!
Prep Time = 15 minutes
Cook Time = 15 minutes
Total Time = 30 minutes
Yield = 2-4 servings
Ingredients for the Kabobs
- 1 and 1/2 pound ribeye steak (or meat and cut of choice), diced into 2-inch cubes
- 1 yellow pepper, cut into 1–2 inch pieces
- 1 red pepper, cut into 1–2 inch pieces
- 1/2 red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
- Note: Substitute double the vegetables for a vegan vegetarian variation
Ingredients for the Marinade
- 1 cup coconut aminos (soy sauce replacement)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Ingredients for the Marinade
- 2 teaspoons Arrowroot flour or 1 tablespoon honey or coconut sugar to thicken marinade
- Cilantro or green onion to garnish
- Add all marinade ingredients to a medium bowl and mix to combine
- Divide about 1/2 of marinade into a separate bowl or ziplock bag
- Add steak (or meat of choice) cubes to the bowl or bag and mix to evenly coat, set aside
- Let meat sit in the marinade for at least 20 minutes, or refrigerate overnight
- While meat of choice is marinating, chop veggies and heat grill to medium heat. Once done, skewer vegetables with meat, alternating between them
- On a grill pan or grill, cook the skewers for 5 minutes on each side, or until the meat is cooked to preference
- With the remaining marinade, heat in a small saucepan until it thickens (add arrowroot for a thicker sauce if Whole30, coconut sugar or honey if not on a Whole30), about 3 minutes
- Pour over grilled skewers, top with additional sesame seeds, cilantro, or green onions
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