Golf Rx: A 15-Minute-a-Day Core Program for More Yards and Less Pain

Golf Rx: A 15-Minute-a-Day Core Program for More Yards and Less Pain

by Vijay Vad M.D., Dave Allen
Golf Rx: A 15-Minute-a-Day Core Program for More Yards and Less Pain

Golf Rx: A 15-Minute-a-Day Core Program for More Yards and Less Pain

by Vijay Vad M.D., Dave Allen


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Now in paperback, the official physician to the PGA Tour shares his groundbreaking research on preventing back pain and adding more yards to your drives.

It is estimated that half of all recreational golfers and one-third of all professional golfers suffer from some form of lower-back pain. Conventional wisdom suggests that the twisting nature of the golf swing is the sole culprit. But research conducted by sports-medicine specialist Vijay Vad, M.D., reveals that the swing is only one of several factors. Applying Dr. Vad's winning combination of mind/body wisdom and medical expertise to the game of golf, Golf Rx shares his cutting-edge findings.

Complete with more than one hundred photographs, Golf Rx is a practical guide that brings the wisdom of one of America's leading sports-medicine authorities to golfers of any level or age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592403400
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/13/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 701,975
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

Vijay Vad, M.D. is a sports medicine physician and researcher specializing in minimally invasive arthritis therapies at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and a professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is also the physician for the PGA golf tour and the ATP tennis tour.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Golf Rx Way to a Better Swing     ix
Performance Enhancement
Proper Body Mechanics for a Good Golf Swing     3
Core Stability: The Engine That Drives and Brakes Your Swing     15
The Effect of Aging and Lifestyle on Your Posture     25
Power Exercises to Stretch Out Your Drives     35
Pregame: A Five-Minute Warm-up Program     53
Tee to Green: Eighteen Stretches for Eighteen Holes     59
Postgame: A Five-Minute Cooldown Program     79
How to Win with the Body You Have     85
The Mental Game: What to Do When the Wheels Fall Off     91
Bonus Round: Tips on Nutrition, Hydration, and Massage     101
Golf Rx Series A, B, and C
Conditioning Your Core: An Introduction to Golf Rx Series A, B, and C     111
Regaining Some Flexibility: Golf Rx Series A     115
Adding Strength and Distance: Golf Rx Series B     131
Increasing Your Endurance: Golf Rx Series C     147
Injury Prevention and Care
Lower-Back Pain: Golf's Greatest Handicap     167
Other Common Golf Injuries: Upper Extremities     175
Other Common Golf Injuries: Lower Extremities     183
Resuming Activity After Injury     189
Epilogue: The Future of Golf Fitness     195
Acknowledgments     197
Resources on the Web     199
Index     201

What People are Saying About This

Susan K. Reed

Every golfer wants to hit the ball 20 yards farther. Golf RX will help all players in this elusive quest. Just as important, it will give golfers everywhere the resources to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle. (Susan K. Reed, Editor-in-Chief, Golf for Women)

Peter Morrice

In this era of bomb and gouge and golfers as athletes, Golf RX is an indispensable resource. The exercises will have you hitting the ball farther than ever, and will keep you healthy so you can enjoy the game for a long time to come. (Peter Morrice, Senior Editor, Golf Digest)

Laird Small

Golf Rx gives you a good sense of where to start with your physical fitness as it relates to golf. A fitter body allows for better performance and more longevity in the game, and Golf Rx is your roadmap. (Laird Small, Director, Pebble Beach Golf Academy; 2003 PGA National Teacher of the Year)

Jack Welch

Vijay Vad is a medical miracle- he got me back on the course. I highly recommend this book and Dr. Vad's entire program to any golfer with a bad back, not just for pain relief but also for better score. (Jack Welch, Author, Speaker)

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