Over the course of the coming days and weeks, the New Jersey State Golf Association and New Jersey PGA Section are pleased to bring a series of articles about how golfers can stay in golf shape from their home. In the first of this series, Fairmount Country Club’s Director of Instruction, Karen Noble, shares her best tips.

I know we are all doing our best during these trying times. Today, I am sharing with you some of my favorite web sites with golf-specific exercises which require little or no gym equipment.

1 - www.mytpi.com

This is the website for the Titleist Performance Institute. Click on the "Improve My Game" tab on the top of the page and then select "Drills and Exercises", and then the "Fitness" tab. Start there and add a couple exercises per workout or during the week. 

2 - www.golf.com

This magazine has a fitness section and in their February issue, there was a great section on stretching with bands and using your own body weight. Here is the link:

https://www.golf.com/fitness/2020/02/16/improve-hip-mobility-better-swing/

(Scroll to the bottom and watch the two minute video called "Gym to Tee.")

Here is the link to the exercises I did this morning:

https://www.golf.com/fitness/2020/03/22/five-at-home-exercises-better-golf/

3 - www.golfdigest.com

Here is another great link to some golf specific exercises:

https://www.golfdigest.com/gallery/coreworkout

Karen has also been kind enough to share some of her favorite books:

Books about mental development:

  • Harvey Penick’s The Little Red Book

  • Golf is Not a Game of Perfect (or any book by Dr. Bob Rotella)

  • Golf in the Kingdom by Michael Murphy

  • Zen Golf by Dr.Joe Parent

  • Every Shot Must Have a Purpose and any other books by Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott

  • Think Like A Warrior: Five Inner Beliefs That Make You Unstoppable by Darrin Donnelley

  • Don’t “Should” On Your Kids: Build On Their Mental Toughness by Dr. Rob Bell

  • Grit by Angela Duckworth

  • Falling Forward by John Maxwell

  • Fearless Golf by Dr. Gio Valiante

Books about golf instruction:

  • Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons

  • Every Shot Counts by Mark Broady

  • Golf My Way by Jack Nicklaus

  • Getting Up and Down by Tom Watson

  • The Seven Laws of the Golf Swing by Nick Bradley

  • How I Play Golf by Tiger Woods

Books for pure reading enjoyment:

  • The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost

  • A Good Walk Spoiled by John Feinstein

  • The Greatest Game Ever Played by Mark Frost

  • The Illustrated History of Women’s Golf by Rhonda Glenn

  • A Golfer’s Life by Arnold Palmer and James Dodson

  • Miracle on the 17th Green by James Patterson

  • Golf in the Kingdom by Michael Murphy

Since 2010, Karen has been the Director of Instruction at Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, NJ.  During the past 6 years, she has been instrumental in growing an active instructional program involving juniors, women, and men.  Her website is available by clicking here.

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