- Author: Harmony Huskinson
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Issue: Apr 2012
It’s a journey of the soul, a trip from frazzled nerves to peaceful thoughts, tense anticipation to fluid action, the thrill of competition to the zen of you and the golf ball.
It’s golf yoga – yoga classes designed to translate inner tranquility to the tee.
“Most people play their best golf when they’re very relaxed. And after a yoga class, most people feel very relaxed,” says Dodie Mazzuca, yoga golf instructor and former professional golfer. “So having that state transfer to the golf course is really, really effective.”
Yoga golf can also prevent injuries, improve flexibility and increase mobility before competing or practicing on the golf course, Mazzuca says.
More Golf-Enhancing Fitness
Fitness by Andrew LLC
After a long day on the links, lower back pain can hinder your evening wind-down – and adversely affect your swing. Trainer Andrew Fodge wages war on sore backs with golf-specific exercises that improve posture, flexibility and club head speed. Two Scottsdale locations. 480-994-1072, fitnessbyandrew.com
Falling Leaves Kung Fu
Deep breathing, flowing arm movements and balanced posture combine to make a powerful, elegant golf swing. You can learn to transfer these techniques with some instruction in Tai Chi from sensei Ashe Higgs, who focuses on bodily
awareness. 1800 S. Roosevelt St., Tempe, 602-751-7003, fallingleaveskungfu.com
Pilates at Tanner Chiropractic
Private sessions led by instructor Angella Hamilton at Tanner Chiropractic in Scottsdale focus on torso strength, so you can out-drive the competition. More than 80 percent of her customers are golfers, Hamilton says, and it’s a “good exercise to continue being golf injury free.” 33755 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale,