Yoga for Golfers: A Unique Mind-Body Approach to Golf Fitness

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McGraw Hill Professional, Mar 22, 2004 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
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From the unquestioned expert in the field, the authoritative guide to yoga for golfers

"Working with Katherine for the last couple of years has allowed me to compete at a very high level."

--Gary McCord, CBS golf commentator and Senior PGA Tour player

Katherine Roberts, founder and host of the "Yoga for Golfers" program on the Golf Channel, offers her unique educational methods in this groundbreaking book, providing instruction to the millions of golfers--including many top tour professionals--who have turned to the art of yoga to improve their game. Based on 20 years of expertise, Yoga for Golfers connects the mind and body to create a powerful fitness regimen, including:

  • Yoga postures specifically selected for a golfer's needs
  • Proper breathing techniques
  • Mind-relaxation methods
  • Injury-reducing stretches
  • Visualization tools--for success on and off the course

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Breaking Old Stereotypes
2 Traditional Yoga versus Yoga for Golfers
3 What to Expect from the Yoga for Golfers Fitness Program
4 Improve Your Golf Performance and Overall Health with Yoga
5 Why Condition for Golf?
6 Golf Anatomy and Biomechanics
7 Determining Your BaselineWhere to Start
8 Guidelines and Strategies for a Successful Yoga Experience
21 Core Strengthening for Abdominals
22 Core Strengthening for the Back
23 Low Back
24 Hips and Glutes
25 Balancing Poses
26 Legs
27 Hamstrings
28 Poses for Better Breathing

9 Breathing AwarenessIn Yoga and Your Golf Swing
10 Various Forms of Yoga
11 How to Use This Book
12 The WarmUp Sequence
13 Sun Salutations
14 Neck and Trapezius
15 Hands and Wrists
16 Shoulders
17 Rhomboids and Upper Back
18 Arms
19 Rotator Cuffs
20 Chest and Thoracic Spine
29 Relaxation and Visualization
30 In the Locker Room
31 On the Golf Course
Fifteen Thirty and FortyFive Minutes
33 Postround Restorative Sequence
A Closing Meditation
Glossary of Yoga Terms

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Page 44 - The secret is not thinking. That doesn't mean being stupid, it means quieting the endless jabbering of thoughts so that your body can do instinctively what it's been trained to do without the mind getting in the way.* [emphasis added] —Phil Jackson Now, if you don't relate to competitive sports, consider swimming or Frisbee.
Page 91 - ... to be discomfited later when the advocates of James show, by means of diagrams, that no one has ever surpassed their man in absolute incompetence with the spoon. It is one of those problems where debate is futile. Few things draw two men together more surely than a mutual inability to master golf, coupled with an intense and ever-increasing love for the game. At the end of the first few months, when a series of costly experiments had convinced both Peter and James that there was not a tottering...
Page 37 - The score is important, of course. And the discovery that you are superior to another golfer is satisfying. But when your score is bad and the other fellow beats you, golf still has been a blessing to you. The score isn't the "be all and end all.
Page 132 - Zone, a mystical state of consciousness that seems to be neither physical nor mentaleffortless amid tense exertion— as if playing in slow motion— perceptually sharp, keenly alert, with heightened concentration— almost as if being psychic. Such profound experiences, often commonplace to athletes, bear comparison to daydreaming, communion with nature, and spiritual contemplation.
Page 50 - HOW TO USE THIS BOOK There are many ways to use this book.
Page 81 - Go for it. Hit the ball to the target as best you can. find the ball and do it again. Experience, adjust, experience, adjust.
Page 76 - A golfer who learns to swing hard initially can usually acquire accuracy later, whereas a golfer who gets too accuracy conscious at the outset will rarely be able to make himself hit the ball hard later on.
Page 81 - The golf course is made for playing a game! So go there and play golf. —CHUCK HOGAN General Pose Information: The rhomboids (muscles of the upper back) help support the scapulae and posture.
Page 111 - Starting them first and moving them correctly— this one action practically makes the downswing.

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Katherine Roberts (Carefree, AZ) has 20 years of experience in fitness training, yoga studies, and motivation. Her highly successful Yoga for Golfers program has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Sports Illustrated, Golf, Golf Digest, and Self. She has also appeared on ESPN, Fox Sports, ABC, and CBS. Her new weekly show, "Yoga for Golfers", airs on the Golf Channel.

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