Golf: Doctors cite ‘undervalued’ health benefits, call for inclusiveness

Source: CNN
By Motez Bishara

 

(CNN)When Louise Tulip picked up a set of golf clubs for the first time since her teens, she had no idea the sport would consume her — much less provide any health benefits.

The recent retiree had spare time on her hands and picked up the hobby she previously disdained as “a game for old people.”
Four years later, Tulip plays golf three to four times a week at her local club in north London, dropping her handicap to 15 while brisk walking 15 to 20 miles a week.
The 58-year-old credits the sport for a variety of health benefits, and has turned both her husband and 24-year-old son into golfers.
“My blood pressure is lower, and my cholesterol readings are lower; generally, my weight is very stable without doing any other exercise,” she says. “It’s been very beneficial.”
With golf participation falling drastically over the past decade in both the US and UK, the sport’s insiders have been preaching its health benefits as a way to stem the decline.
Now a study led by the top doctors on golf’s European Tour appears to back up Tulip’s claims.
Andrew Murray, who is fresh off his stint as Team Europe’s chief medical doctor at the Ryder Cup, and his predecessor of 10 years Roger Hawkes, were among 25 international experts to author the 2018 International Consensus Statement on Golf and Health, which promotes the lifestyle benefits of golf.
The statement analyzed 400 studies on the health effects of golf — including a Swedish report from 2009 that found golfers have an “increase in life expectancy of about five years” — and summarized their benefits and risks.
Cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels were all improved by playing golf, says Hawkes, along with better balance and strength for players above 60, reducing the risk of falls and sparing healthcare costs.
The physical benefits were mostly a result of walking and swinging, so using golf carts annuls much of the upside.
“If you play 18 holes of golf walking at a reasonable pace, you actually feel quite tired in the end,” Tulip says.
“Perhaps you don’t feel out of breath in the way that you would in football or tennis, but because the game itself takes longer, three to three-and-a-half hours, it can be more demanding than people think.”
The one significant risk is overexposure to the sun, according to the report which encouraged wearing sun screen.

‘Undervalued’ benefits

The mental gain from playing golf — especially among seniors — could prove to be the sport’s hidden gem, says Hawkes, who is currently a medical adviser to the European Tour.
“Social interaction is the risk factor which has been undervalued,” he says. “Mental health is a big thing in this day and age, and moderate physical activity is associated with a reduction in anxiety and a reduction in depression.”
Tulip concurs, noting that golf is “very lovely socially, because you actually talk with the people you’re playing with as you play — rather than most sports where you play the game then talk after.”
Furthermore, despite the notorious frustrations of the sport, it helps clear her head.
“When you’re playing, you really don’t think about anything else other than playing,” Tulip says.”So it’s very good for getting rid of any concerns or worries we may have — for four hours at least.”
To increase participation in golf, the statement calls for methods to reverse “perceptions that it is expensive, less accessible for those from lower socioeconomic groups, male dominated, a sport for older people, or difficult to learn.”
“We’ll always have exclusive clubs,” says Hawkes. “But we want governments and policymakers to see that there are benefits in playing golf, and that perhaps they should open up golf clubs to more types.”
Hawkes points to his involvement in Golf in Society, a Scottish golf organization that grants course access to those with dementia and Parkinson’s while analyzing the game’s impact.
“Golf clubs are probably underutilized,” he says. “There are times that other groups could be using those courses and getting benefits that were demonstrated for most people.
“It’s been criticized because it’s exclusive, and we want to try and change that.”

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George Gankas’s six steps for maximum speed and control

Source: Golf.com
By Alan Shipnuck

George Gankas has a simple swing thought he likes to impart: “For maximum speed and control, you gotta go up, down, up.” He breaks that down in six steps.

1. Stand taller at address, with a rounded upper spine

Picture most Tour pros over the ball: legs very bent, butt sticking way out, back ramrod straight at a 45-degree angle. TV announcers love to call this “perfect posture,” but Gankas sees it differently: “It’s led to a humping epidemic,” because these players have to thrust their pelvis toward the ball at impact, an inefficient movement that costs them speed. Gankas preaches a more upright posture, with the armpits directly over the balls of the feet. Maintaining this balance point allows a player to clear without any compensating moves.

 

2. Complete your shoulder turn

This simple thought will help players at every skill level. “It powers the swing,” he says. “You gotta turn and burn.”

3. Let your right arm fly

Many modern backswings have the right elbow (for right-handers) tight to the rib cage, pointing down. Gankas believes Jack Nicklaus’s right elbow — high and loose — is the gold standard. “When you’re throwing a football or a baseball,” he says, “is your elbow smashed against your body? Of course not. It’s cocked up high and way out there. That’s where the power is.” And because it’s a more free-flowing, natural motion, Gankas believes it is more repeatable.

 

4. Torque the ground

A fundamental tenet for Gankas is that the legs are a key source of power. He wants his players to “squat down” into the ball on the downswing, feeling the force of the swing run through their legs and feet into the ground. “Your feet shouldn’t be sitting there doing nothing,” he says. “That feeling of them twisting a little bit — that’s torque.”

 

5. Shallow the shaft

At the outset of the downswing, many players pull down on the handle, pointing the butt of the club at the ball and steepening the shaft. Gankas preaches shallowing out the plane so the club is perpendicular to the player’s back. “This means you don’t have to stand up through the ball to square up the face,” he says, “so you can generate more speed and get better contact and better start lines.”

6. Rotate like crazy through impact

The hands are passive — it’s the chest and hips opening up that square the clubface. “A good visual is thinking about the eyes coming out of the shot, like Annika or David Duval,” Gankas says. “There’s a reason they were so pure.”

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Ask an Equipment Expert: What do face inserts and grooves on putters actually do?

Each month, we tap experts from the equipment industry to answer your most commonly asked questions. In this installment, Guerin Rife, co-founder of Evnroll Putters, discusses how face inserts and grooves on putters affect performance.

Q. Do insert materials, grooves and various putterface designs actually do anything, or are they mostly for sound and feel? — K. Lee, via Facebook

The design elements you mention indeed do it all. A softer insert, for example, can make a firmer ball feel softer at impact, but its lighter weight also allows for more perimeter weighting, forgiveness and stability. Odyssey’s White Hot and Scotty Cameron’saluminum inserts do this admirably.

Grooves, on the other hand, are pure performance enhancers. In reality, the grooves themselves don’t do anything — it’s the areas between them that do the work.

At Evnroll, we engineer larger spaces between the grooves in the middle of the putterface and smaller ones in the heel and toe sections to equalize speed on all strikes. Without this variance in groove design, the ball would travel different distances depending on where you made contact across the face. Trust me — you don’t want that.

— Guerin Rife, Co-Founder/Evnroll Putters

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Tips From One Of The Tour’s Best Ball-Strikers

Rely on the fundamentals to find more fairways

There’s a stat on the PGA Tour—strokes gained/off the tee—that indicates how much of an advantage a golfer gets from driving when compared to other golfers. If you look at the names at the top of the strokes-gained list — Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Francesco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy—you start to realize how valuable good tee shots are to your success. Me? I’m hovering around top 15 on that list, and my work with the driver helped me put together my best season as a pro, nearly winning the Memorial and RBC Canadian Open. My focus with the driver has been to improve sequencing and technique—fundamental stuff—and there’s no doubt what I worked on can help you, too. Read on for the details. — With Ron Kaspriske


GET OFF TO A GOOD START
Many golfers, including me sometimes, start their backswing with a poor turn. The mistake is a flat takeaway where the shoulders rotate level with the ground. Your lead shoulder should move away from the target but also downward as the hands stay close to the body. Everything should move together and in sync, which helps keep the club in a slightly more vertical position going back. This gives you room to shallow the club into a great hitting position on the way down. A flat turn prompts the opposite. The shallow backswing makes you want to swing down more steeply and cut across the ball—the slice move. A drill I use to reinforce a good move off the ball is to pin the upper portion of my left arm against my body, keep it there with my right hand, and then make a one-armed backswing (below). This feeling of a connected takeaway, with the left shoulder dropping, will set the tone for your new-and-improved driver swing.

LET IT END NATURALLY
Some golfers don’t load up and end their backswing too early. Others keep their hands and club swinging back after the body stops winding. Either will lead to inconsistency.

The backswing should end when your upper body feels like it can’t coil any farther against a stable lower body. This feeling of coil is best achieved by letting the trail arm (right for right-handers) stay on top of the left for as long as it can in the backswing (below). This helps maintain good swing width—important for solid contact and power—and deters you from taking the club back too far.

SYNC THE THROUGH-SWING
Once the backswing ends, what comes next happens in a flash, so it’s hard to be conscious of controlling body movement. But if you can get your through-swing to happen in the right sequence of motion, you’ll hit your best drives.

The order: Rotate the lower body toward the target, follow with the upper body, and then finally let the arms and club swing past the body through impact. A lot of this will happen naturally if you learn how to get the lower body moving first. I start with a bump of my hips toward the target, which initiates my lower-body rotation. It’s a bump, then turn. Do that, and your upper body, arms and club will get pulled along.

Don’t think about hitting the ball with your arms. It’s easier to control the shot with body rotation. The secret is making an efficient backswing and a synchronized downswing. Keeping it simple will help you hit it in the center of the face more often. That’s what really matters.

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Golf the MOC update October 16th.

 We In august and September we received a tremendous amount of rain which had caused us to close for a significant amount of time as the course was really wet in spots. We have been drying out and the golf course is really turning the corner and will be in great shape in the very near future. We are dry so that cart access is 90 degree rule and cart path only on the par 3’s. In the next few weeks we are planning some more minor projects which include cart path repairs as well as winter golf course preparations.

In the next few weeks buffalo road will be closing to the south of the golf course as the developers are working on their project. We at the MOC will hopefully have the first part of Buffalo road ending at our driveway. We will post directions from south of the club to get you the quickest access to the clubhouse parking lot. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your support.

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