For who? Baby Boomers, retirees or athletes who enjoy golfing
For what? Improve your golf game by increasing your strength, mobility, flexibility, and stamina
The myriad skills used in golf are complex and can be improved with KAATSU.
KAATSU modalities can be used by golfers to improve their strength, mobility, flexibility, and stamina.
The strength in your lower body, core, upper body, and hand grip can be enhanced with a combination of the KAATSU Cycle and the KAATSU Constant modes. Your posture and swings for drive shots, iron shots, pitch shots, chip shots, and putts can also be enhanced with a combination of the KAATSU Cycle and the KAATSU Constant modes.
Former Japanese golf professional Teruo Sugihara was one of the first professional golfers to transform his career later in life by incorporating KAATSU into his training – which is especially remarkable because he first had to recover from prostate cancer in 1997, using KAATSU daily. By 2006 at age 68, he became the oldest player to make the cut in a top-tier Japanese tour event.
His final Japan Golf Tour appearance came at the 2010 Mizuno Open in Nishonomiya, Japan. This same year, he co-authored a book called KAATSU Golf with KAATSU inventor Dr. Yoshiaki Sato.
There are many valuable lessons in his innovative use of KAATSU that he has shared with golfers of any age, but especially with older golfers and those who are recovering from cancer.
Sugihara-san used KAATSU to improve his overall health and his golf game specifically. His book written in Japanese, called KAATSU Golf, describes how he used KAATSU to:
- strengthen his upper body
- improve his swing
- enhance his mobility during his swing
- increase his grip strength
- improve his leg strength with squats and practice swings
- enhance his overall strength and club head speed
Young or older golfers can use the combination of KAATSU Cycles and KAATSU Constant with the following protocols:
- Always start with the KAATSU Cycle mode, following the Progressive KAATSU Cycle protocols (i.e., start with low pressures and then gradually increase to high(er) pressures – even if you do not “feel” anything). Then go to the KAATSU Constant mode.
- Always be well-hydrated before and while doing KAATSU KAATSU Cycles and KAATSU Constant.
- Always start KAATSU on your arms, then do KAATSU your legs.
- Always have good KAATSU color while doing KAATSU Cycle sets (i.e., have a pinker or redder skin color).
- Always feel comfortable doing KAATSU; never feel uncomfortable or lightheaded. If you feel uncomfortable or lightheaded at any time, immediately remove the bands.
- Always start off with conservative pressure and gradually increase.
- Always feel free to do simple movements during KAATSU; you do not have to do intense or vigorous exercises.
- You can incorporate KAATSU into your standard golf practice and exercises.
- You can do up to 6 KAATSU Cycle sets on both your upper and lower limbs during each session.
- You can do 1-3 KAATSU sessions per day as your time permits.
- You can do either Single-Limb KAATSU Cycle sets on only one leg or arm – or Standard KAATSU Cycle sets on both limbs. That is, you can focus on only one limb at a time if you wish or if you are feeling discomfort or pain on one side only.
- Always start conservatively with KAATSU: either with low pressure or only 1 KAATSU Cycle set per day.
- You can gradually increase the number of KAATSU Cycle sets over the course of several days or weeks.
- You can do various kinds of movements – or no movement at all while you are sitting down and waiting to get on the course or range.
- In addition to doing KAATSU Constant with your golf club in your hands, you can also do simple Standard KAATSU 3-Point Exercises (e.g., Hand Clenches, Biceps Curls, Triceps Extensions) or other movements (e.g., Head or Foot Rotations, Balancing on One Foot, Stretching, Walking, Standing Up and Sitting Down, Handwriting) with your KAATSU equipment.
- For exercises, you can begin with the KAATSU Cycle mode. For focus on putts, drives and chip shots, you can use the KAATSU Constant mode.
For Grip and Upper Body Strength:
- Do 1-3 KAATSU Cycle sets with KAATSU Air Bands on your arms while you are repeatedly squeezing a squeeze ball or tennis ball or your clubs.
- Do Standard KAATSU 3-Point Exercises with KAATSU Air Bands on your arms (e.g., Hand Clenches, Biceps Curls, Triceps Extensions) while doing 3-6 KAATSU Cycle sets with the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms.
- Do KAATSU Stretching on your upper body while doing KAATSU Cycle sets.
For Core and Lower Back Strength:
- Do 3-6 KAATSU Cycle sets with the KAATSU Air Bands on your legs while you are walking, gently swinging your clubs, alternately twisting left and right at your waist.
- Do Standard KAATSU 3-Point Exercises with KAATSU Air Bands on your legs (e.g., Heel Raises, Non-lock Quarter Squats, Standing Hamstring Curls).
- Do KAATSU Stretching with your lower body while doing KAATSU Cycle sets.
- Sit up straight in chair and repeatedly stretch your arms and hands upwards in a long, slow stretch.
- Balance on one of your feet until failure – and then repeat on your other leg. Repeat that sequence until exhaustion.
- Balance on one foot while moving water bottles in your hand or do KAATSU Walking while balancing a book on your head.
- Do comfortable KAATSU Walking, either in the KAATSU Cycle or KAATSU Constant mode on level ground, on the sand, or on a treadmill for up to 15 minutes.
- Do comfortable KAATSU Cycling, either in the KAATSU Cycle or KAATSU Constant mode on a stationary or recumbent bicycle for up to 15 minutes.
- After you have completed KAATSU Cycle sets, untether the connector tubes and do KAATSU Constant with the KAATSU Air Bands on your arms while you practice your drive shots, iron shots, pitch shots, chip shots, and putts.
- After you complete KAATSU Constant on your arms, continue with KAATSU Constant with the KAATSU Air Bands on your legs while you practice your drive shots, iron shots, pitch shots, chip shots, and putts. Arms are first; legs are last.