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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (March 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592403409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592403400
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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

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

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

More About the Author

Dr. Vijay Vad is the founder of Vad Scientific LLC, a biotech company that specializes in cartilage repair for arthritis and back pain using stem cells. He is the author of Back Rx, which was named The Wall Street Journal's favorite health book of the year in 2004. He has authored two national PBS television specials: "Stop Back Pain" and "Active with Arthritis."

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By golf-nut on December 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you play golf and are looking to get in better shape to either improve your game or prevent imjuries, look no further, Golf Rx: A 15-Minute-a-Day Core Program for More Yards and Less Pain is just what the doctor ordered. In fact, it's written by a doctor.

The book is divided up into distinct sections. There's a chapter on exercises to increase the air time and distance of your drives. There also is a chapter with warm-up exercises, another that has stretches you can do at each of the eighteen holes, and a cool-down exercise chapter. No stone is left unturned as the book also gives you three series of exercises, one for core flexibility, one for core strength, and one for core endurance- choose depending on your skill level and what your goals are.

As you can see, this book has definitely got its share of golf execises that should meet most golfer's needs. So if you're trying to get in better shape for you game, or just want to stay away from injuries, this is your book. Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff for golfers with shoulder problems that want a more detailed look at shoulder rehab and prevention.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Ehrlich on October 10, 2007
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I wish I'd read this book 45 years ago, when I started playing golf. If you're a serious golfer -- one who wants to play your best, and works toward that goal -- you have a choice: get into a good flexibility and strengthening program, or be prepared to spend some really painful time in bed, not playing golf in beautiful weather.
This book provides what you need to lower the likelihood of encountering the pain and misery of golf-related back problems. There are no guarantees in life, but it has transformed golf for this 67-year old.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JD on January 9, 2010
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If you play golf once a week or every day this book is a must read, especially if you are in the over 50 crowd and your range of motion has suffered from years of neglect, meaning stretching, weight training, fitness walking, biking etc. To jump out of the car and into the cart is an invitation for injury even if you are young and fit. It's just that the young and fit don't break as easily or quickly as the older and stiffer like myself. What I like about this book is that he covers all the aspects of how to play good golf without injury. It is not a cookbook of exercises to make you stronger and more flexible. He really wants you to understand what you are doing to your body when you swing a club and how if not done correctly it can lead to injury. He guides the reader through the process of evaluating how to better care for yourself both off the course, just before you play, and the importance of what comes after a game.
The book is divided into three parts. Be sure to read the first part about performance enhancement as it does more than tell you how to get that extra 20 yards off the Tee but how to do it without throwing your back into a spasm. He goes through the mechanics of how your body works for the more challenging part of the game which is mostly the long game. Most golfers are safe from injury when putting but wouldn't it be nice to be able to squat on the ground and read the green?
This section goes through the pre game warm up of 5 minutes, the 15 minute warm up if you have time, how to stay limber through 18 holes exercises, and then the cool down. I especially like the mental game exercises as too many golfers raise their blood pressure when the wheels come off their game.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dennis B. H. Ang on June 14, 2007
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It was a very easy read. Very little golf stuff but lots of easy exercises to do and could be done in under 20 minutes for better fitness. It has three levels of difficulties. Yes, to golf better, improve on strength and flexibility as the explosive force in a golf swing could result in injury if we are not properly conditioned, especially weekend warriors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry D. Mason on March 30, 2009
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I found this to be a very good program for a daily short exercise program for flexibility and muscle toning. It definately increased my range of motion which was restricted due to back injuries.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Smart on August 25, 2007
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Taking care of your body will ensure many more years of good golf. This book is a great start, with a simple 15 minute program to keep you (and your game) in good shape!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By middle aged bald guy on September 12, 2009
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Good exercises- but you need to buy an exercise ball as well -many of the exercises utilize it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Evans on June 18, 2009
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I bought a book hoping to improve my mental game, believing that my current scoring woes are mental, and bought this book, shown in the same Amazon search, as an afterthought.

I was delighted to see that this book has a very helpful chapter about the mental game, but as I read through the other chapters I began to realize that my rising score as I age through my sixties may not be due to my mental game at all. Instead, perhaps I hadn't paid enough attention to my fitness.

The author is a medical doctor and sports medicine therapist who begins by illustrating every muscle group in the body, and the spine, then explains which of these is activated by the golf swing, emphasizing those activated by the swing deceleration, where you are most prone to injury.

The point of the anatomy lesson is to justify a full range of stretching, strengthening and balance exercises that you can incorporate into a regular exercise routine, warm-up exercises prior to a round, and even short exercises during the round.

The fitness routine should improve your game, but equally important and stressed by this author, will substantially reduce the probability of a serious injury, especially to the lower back. Lower back pain is such a serious problem for golfers - especially older golfers - that he has an entire chapter dedicated to the pathology of back injuries and how they might be avoided. He even includes a chapter about how you should respond to a back injury if it happens on the course (which would have been helpful to me when I ended up in the emergency room after an errant drive at The Miami Beach Golf Club two years ago).

The number of exercises shown tends to overwhelm.
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