Category: Golf Balls

Aaron Baddeley: What’s in the bag?

Aaron Baddeley: What's in the bag?All eyes were on The Open last week, but the PGA TOUR had another event going. It was an exciting finish, too, with Aaron Baddeley of Australia winning his first TOUR event in over 5 years. His last win came in on February 20, 2011 at the Northern Trust Open. Continue reading “Aaron Baddeley: What’s in the bag?”

My Bag: Marc Leishman

Marc LeishmanAfter pretty much every TOUR win, you don’t have to look far for a “what’s in the bag” post. I like to review them, but I am never going to play the same clubs a TOUR pro does. I was flipping through an issue of Golf Magazine, and saw a “what’s in the bag” post featuring Marc Leishman’s clubs. Since he plays Callaway, I decided to share his setup with you here today. So, if you were ever curious what this Aussie is playing, here you go. Continue reading “My Bag: Marc Leishman”

PXG: Golf Clubs Unlike Any Other

PXGWe’ve been hearing a lot about PXG… But what is it? Is it a new performance enhancing drug? Is it a new cable TV channel? Is it a hot new nightclub? Nope… PXG stands for Parsons Xtreme Golf. Continue reading “PXG: Golf Clubs Unlike Any Other”

The Quest for Neutral: Stork Turns

25.3% of golfers have S-Posture. Are you apart of this percentage?

First things first, get into your normal five-iron set-up posture standing lateral to a full length mirror. Now, take a selfie! Kidding, but seriously get into your setup position with your arms across your chest (hands resting on shoulders) and observe your natural posture. Is your back arched in? Can you see your abs engaged and glistening in the sun? Is your butt full, plump, and identical to Nicki Minaj’s? Probably not. The majority of golfers suffer from not having a neutral setup position, either C-Poster or S-Posture. Today I will be discussing S-Posture, how it is a limiting factor in your golf game, and how to fix it.

S-Posture is a swing characteristic caused by the athlete creating too much arch in their lower back by sticking their tail bone out too much in the setup position. This excessive curvature in the lumbar spine, or S-Posture, puts abnormally high stress on the muscles in the lower back and causes the abdominal muscles to relax. The deactivation of the core muscles can cause a loss of posture or reverse spine angle during the backswing. This, in turn, puts the lower body out of position on the downswing and will affect the swings sequence of motion.

Sometimes the S-Posture is actually caused by a series of muscle imbalances called a Lower Crossed Syndrome (LCS). One of the most clinically relevant patterns of muscle dysfunction is a lower crossed syndrome. Simply, stated, the lower crossed syndrome is a grouping of weak muscles combined with overactive or tight muscles, that create a predictable movement pattern in the lower back, a pattern that can lead to injury. As a trainer, I incorporate injury prevention training with all my athletes to make sure they can play the game they love today, tomorrow, and 10 years from now.

Lower Crossed Syndrome is basically the combination of tight hip flexors and a tight lower back, paired with weak abdominal and weak glutes.

glutes + core = king of the swing.

This combination leads to an excessive arching or rounding of the lower back (swayback), a flabby or protruding abdomen, and a flat butt, due to weakness in the glutes.  No one likes a “pancake ass”.  This is a combination of muscle imbalances that causes excessive stress on the structure of the lumbar spine. Muscle imbalances and Lower Crossed Syndrome will be discussed in further detail in my next article, because that topic is a doozie!

Here is an exercise to correct this physical limitation and swing fault. They are called Stork Turns.

Stork Turns

Stand on one leg and cross your arms over your chest.  Hook one leg around the back of the knee of the down leg for support. Try to rotate the pelvis and hips back and forth for up to 25 seconds without moving the upper body.  Repeat on the other side.

About Gina Cellucci:
Gina Cellucci is a certified Level 2 Fitness Professional through the Titleist Performance Institute and trains out of Premier Fitness Systems.com in Scottsdale, Arizona. You can reach Gina at GinaMarieSophia@gmail.com.

Rory McIlroy: What’s in the bag?

That was fun. When Tiger missed the cut, I didn’t think I would care much about the PGA Championship. It was sad Tiger missing the cut, too, because the last time this event was at Valhalla Golf Club, I was there. In 2000 Tiger battled Bob May in a playoff, and I was there the entire time. I was actually a volunteer that week, and spent Sunday just walking around following Tiger. I wasn’t in Louisville this year, but Tiger played like crap and didn’t make the cut. I actually played golf this weekend, playing The Phoencian on Saturday and Las Sendas Golf Club on Sunday. We teed off early on Sunday, so I was able to make it home in time to see the final few holes.

Phil Mickelson was there. Rickie Fowler, too. Heck, even Ernie Els made a run at it. But it was Rory McIlroy that was able to seal the deal on Sunday night. It was dark when he finished… It didn’t appear that way on TV, but trust me. It was dark. Anyway, Rory had a two shot lead, and would end up making par from a greenside bunker to win. I was pulling for Rickie… Not because we have the same name (even though he spells it wrong) but because he played so well this year in the majors. Granted, Rory won the last two, but Rickie finished in the top five in all four majors this year. It is only a matter of time before he wins one.

Even though Tiger missed the cut, I am sure the guys over at Nike are all smiles. I mean, Rory has won three events in a row, including two major championships. He has done it playing Nike golf clubs, wearing Nike shirts, hats, belts and shoes… He was probably wearing Nike socks. He is Nike from head to toe. Here is a complete list of what Rory was playing on Sunday:

Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70x), 8.5°
3-wood: Nike VRS Covert 2.0, 15°
5-wood: Nike VRS Covert, 19°
Irons (4-9): Nike VR Pro Blade; (PW): Nike VR Forged
Wedges: Nike VR Forged (52°, 56°, 59°)
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black

I told you he was Nike from head to toe. What is next for Rory? Chances are a lot of birdies and more wins. Rory has already won four major championships and he is only 25 years old. The sky is the limit for this kid, and he makes golf exciting. Not as exciting as Tiger… But I need someone to root for.