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 choices related to your health, and over time you might find yourself in a hole you can't get out of.
I love everything associated with a great day at the course, including a post-round celebration with my group. But, just because it's time to cut loose doesn't mean you can't still make mindful decisions that allow you to unwind while protecting your health.
Being healthier, doesn't mean you have to take on some "all or nothing" effort that leaves you feeling deprived. In fact, getting started is as simple deciding to choose one thing to upgrade and one thing to drop. What if you did something as easy as dropping the bread from your normal post-round burger, while upgrading your fluid intake by drinking a couple tall glasses of water between cocktails? You'd rehydrate, help prevent a hangover AND take a step towards reducing your waistline.
Back in the day, there was no one who could kill a club sandwich or crush a mountain of nachos better than me. Through committing to making more mindful choices, I've made progress towards creating a healthier lifestyle that's simple, delicious and sustainable without feeling left out on all the fun!
See if you can make some better choices during your next happy hour or post-round meal and you can count this nutrition challenge as complete.
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Jeff Ritter is the CEO/Founder of MTT Performance. The program operates out of Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. Follow him on Twitter at @mttgolf
Mahan's precision starts from a balanced setup, and he never manipulates the club in a way that would force him to make a compensation on the downswing. "The club goes back perfectly, and he doesn't really use his hands," says Weeks. "The club gets very deep behind him, and from there he moves to his left side, and once he gets his left shoulder on top of his left hip, he rotates his hips to bring the club through. Most average players don't turn and just wave at the ball with their arms, or they just turn the upper body and cut across it from over the top."
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.
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"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," said McIlroy from the podium after winning last week's PGA. "That's my motto. I've always been that way. I feel like the work I've put into my golf swing from the age of 15 to 20 is going to see me sort of throughout my career."
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By Jeff RitterEach year our coaching staff has the pleasure of working with nearly 400 kids at our summer camps hosted in conjunction with Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach. One of the highlights of the experience is the “One-Club Tournament” used to instill the mindset and skills associated with creative shotmaking.
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Here's a video from this year's Honda Classic that helps illustrate just how Rory does this.