Although much of the lower body is active at the start of the downswing, rotating the right hip internally, meaning toward the target, is often cited by golf instructors as the key move if you want to hit solid shots. If you can fire that right hip toward the target as you start down, it's going to cure a host of swing flaws including poor timing and swing path. So how do you train your right hip? The folks at SuperFlex Fitness (@superflexfit), trainer Dave Herman and golf instructor Andrew Park (@theandrewpark), have developed a cool way to do it using a stretch band while you work on your swing.The concept is make you work harder to rotate the hip and really feel what it has to do through resistance.
Watch the video below to see Andrew and one of his students demonstrate it.
And if you're interested in more ways to improve your swing using flex bands, their SuperFlex Golf Swing Kit ($69.95) comes with a variety of bands and how-to instructions. You can buy it at superflexfitness.com. A single band costs $5 to $36 depending on thickness and function.
Ron Kaspriske is the fitness editor of Golf Digest.
This week, Webb reviewed a handful of swings submitted by GolfDigest.com readers through Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #HelpMeGolfDigest. The first comes from @jmsurma, who has a strong swing but needs to clean up some extraneous motion.
Despite their witty ads and macho scents such as "Arctic Avalanche" or "Glacial Gush" (I made those names up but, you get the point . . .) the big brands are all pretty much made up of the same thing. If you're fed up with replacing the most basic elements of your wardrobe each season I suggest checking out some natural, aluminum-free roll-ons.
My favorite is Malin+Goetz's eucalyptus deodorant. It's made from natural, odor-neutralizing, plant extracts and is aluminum and alcohol free. I've been using it for a year or so and haven't lost a shirt yet. If you feel like making the switch, give your body a few weeks to adjust to the new product. After all, the poor pores have probably been caked in aluminum since puberty! Trust me, the extra expense up front is well worth the money you'll save in shirts.
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Yet while the trio brought star power and media exposure, somewhat lost in the evening's festivities was the fact Nike is bringing a trio of intriguing iron offerings to market: Vapor Pro ($1,099), Vapor Pro Combo ($999) and Vapor Speed ($799). All three use what Nike calls "modern muscle" technology, with weight moved more towards the toe to relocate the center of gravity closer to the center of the face. It's an innovation brought about primarily due to feedback from Woods.
"My wear spot has always been slightly toward the heel," Woods said. "This center of gravity location provides a better feel and more consistency."
While Vapor Pro (above) is a modern take on the muscleback blade, Pro Combo (below) is, as the name suggests, a progressive set with more forgiving clubs in the long irons and more traditional clubs in the short irons.
Vapor Speed (below) is the most forgiving -- and longest -- of the irons.
The clubs will be available Oct. 31.
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Kevin Pingel took nearly 600 balls and turned them into a six-foot, 100-pound statue of a golfer, according to Siouxlandmatters.com. Here's a photo of the structure:
And here's a video of Pingel, who takes being a golf fanatic to another level, discussing his impressive art project:
Pingel said he modeled the statue -- which is becoming somewhat of a tourist attraction in Alta, Iowa -- after the current swing of his favorite golfer, Tiger Woods. Somewhere, Sean Foley just did a fist pump.
On Wednesday, McIlroy mentioned that amid all the good times and playful banter, Woods made clear his goal for the 2015 Masters. "I'm not going to let you win a green jacket next year," Woods told McIlroy, who said the "super competitive" star wasn't joking.
Considering Woods as a viable threat to win at Augusta in eight months seems like a stretch at this point following a season in which he had back surgery, didn't qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs and withdrew his name for consideration for next month's Ryder Cup. He also won't have won a green jacket of his own in a decade when he tees it up there next. But such a statement showing that Woods' fierce competitive spirit remains healthy is a good sign for those rooting for him to recover and start winning again.
McIlroy added this when asked about taking over for Tiger as golf's new leading man:
"I'm not comfortable because I know [Tiger] is working his butt off to get back here and get back where he wants to be," McIlroy said.
Let's hope Tiger gets there by next April when McIlroy takes his first attempt at winning the career Grand Slam. It would be nice to see a rivalry between these two great players that goes beyond some Nike ad.
Rory McIlroy nominated actress Meghan Markle for the Ice Bucket Challenge, then dumped water on her himself
Markle, in turn, nominated Serena Williams, so that's where the golf connection ends. But Markle and McIlroy did share a tweet after the whole event.Follow @lukekerrdineen
Team USA (including a shirtless Bubba for some reason) the latest to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge
Rickie Fowler emceed the event and nominated teammates Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, who missed the festivities (Mickelson's caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay was in attendance and dumped the freezing water on Furyk), as well as the European team.
That might be tricky since automatic qualifying hasn't ended for Europe yet. But when the team is finalized, we know its top player, Rory McIlroy, is excused. On Tuesday, the 25-year-old Northern Irishman did the challenge with pal Tiger Woods.