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I'm adding a new workout activity.... Boxing. My daughters are really into it, and my wife got me a set of gloves for Christmas. I already have a heavy bag in the basement. Just starting out on this activity, I can see how this is going to help my swing power.... The hitting is all accomplished from the hips and adds a lot of cardio. Anyone else out there use boxing in their workouts.

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My brother does Boxing as his cardio exercise and for workout he does Frank Medrano Calisthenics.  Really awesome workout if you can dedicate yourself to it.  I keep trying but after a couple of days tend to get too lazy and give up for a while

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On December 30, 2015 at 6:03 AM, Dave325 said:

I'm adding a new workout activity.... Boxing. My daughters are really into it, and my wife got me a set of gloves for Christmas. I already have a heavy bag in the basement. Just starting out on this activity, I can see how this is going to help my swing power.... The hitting is all accomplished from the hips and adds a lot of cardio. Anyone else out there use boxing in their workouts.

I was a boxer when I was younger, along with MMA, hockey, football, Any sport where my head got beaten.

 

But yes, it helps with hip rotation but only if you're throwing punches correctly. Also, make sure you learn to move around the bag. Don't stop the bag from swinging, instead, shuffle with it, stay within a certain distance of the bag at all times, move around the bag, move your head, act like punches are being thrown at you, then counter with a punch of your own. Remember, gloves don't mean you have to hit the bag harder, I would often just wrap my hands and go at the bag with no gloves, it reminds you to work on form not just wail into the bag.

 

Boxong is a lot of fun, enjoy!

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4 minutes ago, freshmanUTA said:

I was a boxer when I was younger, along with MMA, hockey, football, Any sport where my head got beaten.

 

But yes, it helps with hip rotation but only if you're throwing punches correctly. Also, make sure you learn to move around the bag. Don't stop the bag from swinging, instead, shuffle with it, stay within a certain distance of the bag at all times, move around the bag, move your head, act like punches are being thrown at you, then counter with a punch of your own. Remember, gloves don't mean you have to hit the bag harder, I would often just wrap my hands and go at the bag with no gloves, it reminds you to work on form not just wail into the bag.

 

Boxong is a lot of fun, enjoy!

Yeah thanks for the advice. I see how the correct punch technique is important. I'm definitely going to add the moving the head piece.. Something I haven't thought about. It's a fun activity. 

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1 minute ago, Dave325 said:

Yeah thanks for the advice. I see how the correct punch technique is important. I'm definitely going to add the moving the head piece.. Something I haven't thought about. It's a fun activity. 

If you're up for it, sparring is a lot of fun as well, just don't forget to wear headgear and a mouthpiece!

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For quite awhile, karate has been recommended as a good cross-training exercise for golfers. Karate punching technique helps you with your hip turn and your lag (lead with hips, don't punch too soon), your balance (don't overswing) and your flexibility.

Since karate is conducted barefooted, it strengthens your feet and ankles .

In a related matter, I have twice seen a transition from karate master to golf instructor with a PGA teaching card. Both guys were former South Korean army officers who migrated to the USA and became citizens. One I met years ago in Lawton, OK, and the other was a local guy.

As for boxing... a few years back I saw a news story on one of the young male tour golfers that was doing conditioning workouts with a pro boxer. The golfer said, for one thing, the boxer showed him the importance of proper breathing during a shot (or a punch).

If you combine the boxing routines with rope jumping, it can get you in really good shape.

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1 hour ago, WUTiger said:

For quite awhile, karate has been recommended as a good cross-training exercise for golfers. Karate punching technique helps you with your hip turn and your lag (lead with hips, don't punch too soon), your balance (don't overswing) and your flexibility.

Since karate is conducted barefooted, it strengthens your feet and ankles .

In a related matter, I have twice seen a transition from karate master to golf instructor with a PGA teaching card. Both guys were former South Korean army officers who migrated to the USA and became citizens. One I met years ago in Lawton, OK, and the other was a local guy.

As for boxing... a few years back I saw a news story on one of the young male tour golfers that was doing conditioning workouts with a pro boxer. The golfer said, for one thing, the boxer showed him the importance of proper breathing during a shot (or a punch).

If you combine the boxing routines with rope jumping, it can get you in really good shape.

Hmmm, that's good to know.  I've been doing karate for about a year now.  Ina e not noticed any improvements to my golf game that I could attribute to the martial arts - other than just generally being healthier, having a stronger core, and having much less in the way of back soreness.  But as far as having a bigger turn or more distance or anything along those lines - I haven't noticed anything yet. :)

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5 hours ago, Golfingdad said:

...  I have not noticed any improvements to my golf game that I could attribute to the martial arts - other than just generally being healthier, having a stronger core, and having much less in the way of back soreness.  But as far as having a bigger turn or more distance or anything along those lines - I haven't noticed anything yet. :) ...

Well, that's in part because you are a 4.8 HDCP. For you, I suspect karate would work mainly to increase your longevity in the game, :dance: and prevent minor injuries.

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12 hours ago, WUTiger said:

Well, that's in part because you are a 4.8 HDCP. For you, I suspect karate would work mainly to increase your longevity in the game, :dance: and prevent minor injuries.

The differences I've noticed in my general health, strength, flexibility, etc, in the last year would lead me to agree with you on this one. :)

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23 hours ago, freshmanUTA said:

If you're up for it, sparring is a lot of fun as well, just don't forget to wear headgear and a mouthpiece!

Ah... After watching the FOX sports boxing matches last night and seeing the one guy TKOed with a broken jaw, I think I'll stay with the heavy bag. It doesn't hit back  :-)  I enjoy watching it though... Just would not want to share the ring with any of those dudes.  I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to getting beat on.

43 minutes ago, Golfingdad said:

The differences I've noticed in my general health, strength, flexibility, etc, in the last year would lead me to agree with you on this one. :)

Agreed on this.... Cross training between various sports is something that really helps with overall fitness. I personally know a lot of people that struggle with back issue, so anything you can do to move in various ways is helpful.... Alas, boxing... And martial arts too is another good one. I was also thinking about yoga to help with the flexibility.

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1 hour ago, Dave325 said:

I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to getting beat on.

I was really nervous my first time.  Really nervous.  But more than anything at my gym they stress using control - which basically means that were not trying to punch or kick our hardest at any time.  Plus the gear we wear helps soften blows quite a lot.  Helmet, gloves, shinpads, and foot pads along with a mouthpiece and a cup, and you're not going to get too injured. :P

The workout from just 10-15 minutes of sparring is pretty crazy though.

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I love to take from time to time a boxing lesson, with cardio afterward. But for me, I like kickboxing more. Dutch style offcourse. Unfortunately, I injured 2 lower biceps musscles during sparring. So I can't do nothing, just rest, icing, rest, biofreeze etc. My season is already gone to pieces. But what I realy like, is the workout, the fun, training and sparring, working through pain and never give up.

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On 12/29/2015 at 4:03 AM, Dave325 said:

I'm adding a new workout activity.... Boxing. My daughters are really into it, and my wife got me a set of gloves for Christmas. I already have a heavy bag in the basement. Just starting out on this activity, I can see how this is going to help my swing power.... The hitting is all accomplished from the hips and adds a lot of cardio. Anyone else out there use boxing in their workouts.

I used to be a boxer.  Some of the boxing exercises should help in golf.   E.g, boxing has number of arm strength exercises which should directly translate to faster swing speed.   As one of my practice routine, I used to swing a baseball bat 100 times.  That should help with swing tempo and impact.   Boxing practice routines can also increase stamina.   So go for it.

The only thing I'd not recommend is actual boxing, or sparring sessions.  Getting hit in the head will not help you with your thought process. :-D

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On 1/23/2016 at 11:16 AM, Dave325 said:

Ah... After watching the FOX sports boxing matches last night and seeing the one guy TKOed with a broken jaw, I think I'll stay with the heavy bag. It doesn't hit back  :-)  I enjoy watching it though... Just would not want to share the ring with any of those dudes.  I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to getting beat on.

 

 

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