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May 8, 2013 - 10:39pm
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Katherine Roberts
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Katherine Roberts has become a leading yoga teacher to athletes of all types


I hate to admit it but it's true, I'm getting older. I still feel I have the same strength as I did ten years ago, but I'm positive I don't have near the same flexibility. Even with the new technology, I've lost significant distance off the tee. (I'm still just early 40s folks...not like I'm 80!). This year I'm going to do something about that...but what?
It seems like yoga is the "hot" topic these days for fitness folks (no pun intended for the bikram yoga enthuisasts.) I hear many (men and women) sing its praises in all sports - including a growing number of golfers.
I reached out to one of the nation's top yoga instructors, Katherine Roberts, who specializes in yoga for athletes, to ask her if she could provide one tip for golfers (my selfish way of tip for me.)
Here's what she shared.:
"Hi John! 

I had a great few weeks down at Spring Training and now able to think more about golfers. But in truth, regardless of the sport, in order for athletes to excel -  flexibility is paramount. The ability to stretch properly can add strength and improve performance in the ballpark and on the golf course (and other sports too of course).
Most golfers recognize that the golf swing consists of a motion that coils and uncoils the spine over a powerful lower body. There are yoga poses that help efficient torso turn and increase lower body strength.  In addition to torso rotation, proper stabilization of the shoulder supports club control and reduces shoulder injury. 
Remember, the upper arm bone should be drawn into the shoulder socket before the rotation for more stability and strength. The spinal rotation initiates from the deepest part of the lower abdominal muscles and funnels through the shoulder and out through the extended hand.
In your pre-round warm up, you might consider this yoga pose:
Starting Position- Step your left leg back into a long lunge, lift your left heel as high as possible. Right knee is at a 90-degree angle. Place your left hand directly under your left shoulder. Draw the right knee toward the mid-line of your body. Inhale deeply as you open your torso to the right. Exhale as you bring the torso and arm parallel to the ground. Repeat five times and switch sides. 
Throughout this motion concentrate on deep inhalation and exhalation. Focus on the quality of your breath throughout this dynamic flexibility and strengthening movement. Deep breath plus wide stretch is the foundation to athletic success. To learn more on how yoga can enhance your golf game performance visit:"
Nike Golf Swoosh Elite Staff Member Katherine Roberts is founder of Yoga for Golfers. In addition to her extensive work with yoga and golf fitness, she has spent more than a decade working with MLB players.  

Okay guys (and girls) - there you have it. Right from the expert, just apply it to your pre-round routine.  Gonna give it a try? If you do, let me know how it works out for you. Tweet me on twitter at @johnkim_10 and let me know how your golf game is coming along. 
Derek Ernst locker assignment at Players Championship
Derek Ernst via Twitter
Derek Ernst arrived at The Players Championship to find that his locker had been assigned to "David" Ernst.

Derek Ernst doesn't fault people for not knowing who he was before he won the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday. After all, the PGA Tour rookie was ranked No. 1,207 in the world.

He's a lot more famous in the world of golf now. But as he found out on Tuesday, not everyone knows who he is just yet – including the person who made up the locker assignment sheet at The Players Championship.

After arriving at TPC Sawgrass and seeing that ''David'' Ernst had been assigned a locker, he tweeted: ''I guess I have to win another for people to know my name. Haha.''

Oh well, Derek. At least they got your name right on the winner's check in Charlotte.


Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn at the Met Ball
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Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn attended the Met Ball in New York on Monday.

Tiger Woods spent a good part of Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass, putting the final touches on his game ahead of The Players Championship.

On Monday night, of course, he and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn were in New York City, where they attended the Met Ball – a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art that is widely considered among the Big Apple’s biggest social events of the year.

So why did Tiger, who has demanded so much privacy off the golf course, attend such a high-profile event? 

''Lindsey wanted to try and grow her brand. She's come out with a new perfume and makeup line, so that was a big thing for her and I'm supporting it,'' he told the Associated Press on Tuesday. ''As you know, I'm not really big into fashion stuff. The theme was pretty interesting, because obviously I remember some of that stuff when I was a kid. But I certainly didn't wear that stuff.''

Are more red carpets on the horizon?

''We'll see,'' Woods said. ''Maybe I can just go in jeans and a T-shirt or something.''


2014 Masters tickets
Getty Images is now taking applications to enter the lottery for tickets to the 2014 Masters.


If you're 21 years of age or older, you can now apply to be included in the lottery for 2014 Masters tickets.
The Masters Tournament announced this week they its now taking lottery applications on You can click here to visit and apply.
There are two very important deadlines for the lottery application:
1. The deadline to apply for practice round tickets (April 7-9, 2014) is June 30, 2013.
2. The deadline to apply for the dily tournament tickets (April 10-13, 2014) is May 31, 2013 and notes, "A very limited number of Daily Tournament tickets are available."
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Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ, G30 Iridium
The Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ, G30 Iridium golf-specific sunglasses are perfect for enhancing the details of a golf course.


Most of the sunglasses worn by players on the PGA Tour are made by Oakley. And it's not just because the glasses look cool. Believe it or not, they can help your game.
Oakley's G30 Iridium lens promises to provide more detail, more definition and more depth perception so you can analyze the slope and see the smallest variations in grass grain.
Here's what Oakley has to say about the glasses, which are offered in the Flak Jacket XLJ style in the colors Polished Black and Polished White:
You’ll have the performance of razor-sharp vision that helps you avoid the bunkers and the rough, along with balanced light transmission that lets you read every nuance of the green and precisely gauge ball speed. World-class golfers consider Oakley eyewear to be essential equipment, so if you really want to improve your game, don’t stop at the right club. Get the right lens: Oakley G30 Iridium.
The golf environment challenges your vision in very specific ways. We engineered the G30 Iridium lens with precisely balanced light transmission to give you the best possible clarity, contrast and depth perception on the course. For us, lens tints are a science and an art, and every aspect of G30™ Iridium® was designed to maximize your vision for the game.
Think you know where the pin is? If you’re looking through ordinary sunglass lenses, you’re probably wrong. Inferior lenses can magnify what you see and fool your brain into thinking the hole is shifted from its true position. They can also corrupt clarity, and with all the eye fatigue, you may as well add a penalty stroke to every hole. We solved those problems with High Definition Optics (HDO).
Oakley HDO is a collection of patented technologies that ensure precise, accurate vision with razor-sharp clarity. We developed HDO for the world’s best athletes and for action sports where visual fidelity is the difference between going home with a medal and going home with a body cast. With HDO, you’ll see everything exactly where it is, and you’ll get the added benefits of unrivaled impact resistance and 100% UV filtering.
Oakley G30 Iridium is also available in a premium HDPolarized version that eliminates 99% of reflected glare.
The Flak Jacket XLJ frames provide superior comfort and -- aside from the enhanced details of the course you'll no doubt enjoy -- you won't even know you're wearing sunglasses.
To learn more aboout the Flak Jacket XLJ and the G30 Iridium lens, which retail for $150, click here.
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Kassandra Komma
Courtesy of Oakland University
Kassandra Komma recently had two aces on consecutive par-3 holes.


On May 3, Oakland University golfer Kassandra Komma did something pretty much unheard of: she scored the first -- and second -- holes of her career on consecutive par-3 holes.
The senior from Niddatal Hessen, Germany, scored her first career ace on the 177-yard third hole at R&S Sharf Golf Course in Rochester, Mich., and followed it up with another hole-in-one on the 108-yard seventh hole on her way to a 3-under 69.
“After I had the first (hole in one), I couldn't believe it at first because I did not see it go in,” Komma said. “The people we passed were standing on the green and they were yelling, but I still couldn't believe it. The second one, I did not know what to do. I started tearing up because there was no way I could get another one.
“I guess you can say I had a good round of golf ... to say the least.”
Komma finished sixth in the Summit League with a scoring average of 78.67 and earned all-league second-team accolades this past season.
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