Ben Hogan Swing Video from Ed Sullivan Show

Informational Video

Legendary golfer Ben Hogan, winner of nine major championships, is widely acknowledged to have been among the greatest ball strikers ever to have played golf. He often would practice without a ball, grooving the swing motion to make it automatic, so that he would not have to think about his swing on the golf course.

Check out the link below as he explains one of his off-course practice drills. Ben Hogan’s off-course drill

How a Pair of Socks Could Improve Your Game

In a round of golf, you may end up walking 6 or 7 miles, and even if you ride in a golf cart, you’ll take 5,000 to 6,000 steps. Not to mention that, during the golf swing, the body acts as a whip, so your power source starts with the feet and legs pushing against the ground. Each foot has to stabilize, pivot and your legs provide movement for the hips to fully rotate and shift weight.

During the golf swing, your feet are the only connection to the ground, so why is it that a golfer’s feet get no respect? There are hundreds of remedies for golfer’s elbow or low back pain but foot pain is hardly ever discussed. Most people just try to limp around the course, ride a cart or and swing through the pain. But by simply  taking a little time to take care of your feet, you could improve your swing and make your golf outing much more enjoyable.

So what can we do to keep from getting foot pain and keep our feet and legs fresh throughout a round of golf?

One way may be to wear compression socks while you play. I was recently introduced to compression socks by John J. Thomas the President and Founder at LEGEND Compression Wear™. I make a living by standing on my feet all day and I have suffered from foot pain and problems all my life, so I am always looking for remedies. I was eager to try the socks and I have been very happy with the relief and support they have given me. I can now focus on my students, rather than on achy and sore feet.

LEGEND Compression Wear

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Endurance athletes, as well as other professional athletes, have been wearing compression socks or stockings to improve their endurance and stamina for years. Compression socks are said to help flush out lactic acid from the muscles and prevent or delay soreness of the muscles as well as provide a speedier recovery after a competition or training.

According to Thomas, graduated Compression technology from LEGEND Compression Wear™ is designed to improve blood circulation in your legs, stabilize muscles for improved power output, increase your legs’ endurance, and prevent injuries such as calf cramps and shin splints. He says given that golfers spend as much time, if not more time, on their feet than most other athletes, it is surprising that more players do not use compression as part of their daily golf ensemble.

Benefits of Compression Socks for Golfers May Include:

  • Reduced foot pain and leg cramping
  • Prevent or delay muscle fatigue
  • Eliminate and reduces swelling in feet and legs
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Improve muscle and joint support
  • Provide moisture wicking to keep feet dry
  • Provide protection from abrasions
  • Reducing achiness and tiredness is feet and legs

“Even if you don’t wear compression while you play, they also offer a great recovery aspect. After a long round, by slipping on a pair of recovery compression socks, usually offering a slightly higher level of compression, you prevent lactic acid build up and really promote faster healing for your legs, allowing you to tee it up again sooner rather than later,” says Thomas.

LEGEND Compression Wear

For more information or to order compression socks for golf visit: LEGEND compression golf socks.

Put the focus on your golf game, not on your sore feet!

Eat Well for Winter Warmth (and for Golf)

Warm Up

And don’t forget the value of warm-up exercise!

Two major components of a healthy lifestyle are physical activity and nutrition, and specifically the physical activity needs to involve stretching and resistance  or strength training and the nutrition needs to combine to the correct amount of protein and carbohydrates.

I talk a lot about how to improve strength and flexibility for golf, but now I am adding the nutritional element to my golf-fitness training program to offer a complete package for golfers to get fit.

Nutrition and Golf

What you eat before and during your round of golf will enhance or hinder your performance. The term “the wheels are falling off” usually comes mid-round when you start to lose focus and your muscles start to fatigue. One way to alleviate this syndrome, so that you don’t destroy an otherwise good round is to pay attention to what you eat and drink throughout your round.

The key to maintaining your energy level during a round of golf is controlling blood sugar. That means avoiding foods made with refined carbohydrates (things made with white flour and/or sugars) and eating the correct amount of protein.

Examples of Good High Energy Foods to Eat Before, During and After a Round: Yogurt with fruit, eggs with whole grain breads, chili, peanut butter sandwiches, grilled chicken, fish, whole wheat bagel with banana, low fat energy bars, tuna sandwich, salad with low fat dressing, low sugar energy drinks, water.

Note: I use a natural meal replacement product called Qivana that provides the optimal amount protein and carbohydrates to maintain my weight. It is easy to use and great tasting.

Examples of Energy Zapping Foods to Avoid Before, During and After a Round: Pancakes or waffles with syrup, Danish, donuts, white toast, hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries, fried foods, candy, nachos, baked potatoes, pretzels, hot dogs, soda, high fructose energy drinks, alcohol.

Is your diet holding you back from playing your best golf?  Learn more about how to feed your muscles for better heath and golf.

LPGA Master Professional & AAFA Certified Fitness Trainer