Golf News for Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Books

"Conditioning for Golf," new iPad-compatible book with video

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- From the tee to the green, golfers can now follow the programs the pros use with Conditioning for Golf, an iPad-compatible book with video designed to help them improve all aspects of their games. It is now available in Apple's App Store.

Golfers at all levels benefit from golf-specific training. This expert program begins with evaluation and moves through targeted strength, power, core, and flexibility exercises. Pete Draovitch, personal trainer and physical therapist to PGA star Greg Norman, and Ralph Simpson, former physical therapist and trainer on the PGA Tour fitness van, have teamed up to create a comprehensive program to help golfers in these areas:

• Generate explosive power for increased driving distances.
• Improve flexibility for a more fluid and precise swing.
• Build muscular endurance for greater shot control through the final hole.
• Maintain strength and flexibility from round to round and throughout the year.
• Prevent common injuries.
• Return to the course quickly with modified rehab exercises.

This special iPad edition takes players onto the course and into the gym to demonstrate the drills and exercises used by the pros, making it an exceptional guide to preparing the body for success on the links. For more information on Conditioning for Golf, visit

Conditioning for Golf
by Pete Draovitch and Ralph Simpson
Available Now • $19.99
ISBN 978-1-4504-1637-5

"With Conditioning for Golf, Ralph Simpson and Pete Draovitch have demonstrated once again why no one is more conscientious and innovative in getting (and keeping) golfers healthy. Very original."
--Ron Kaspriske, The Digest Editor
Golf Digest Magazine

"Pete Draovitch and Ralph Simpson were pioneers in bringing fitness to golf. They are once again ahead of the curve as it relates to playing better golf through a stronger, healthier, more functional body."
--Tim Rosaforte
Senior Golf Writer, Golf World
Contributing Analyst, PGA Tour Sunday and NBC for U.S. Open

Based in Champaign, Illinois, Human Kinetics strives to help people worldwide lead healthier, more active lives. In the physical activity field, recreational and organized sports are a major focus. Human Kinetics customers include scholars who study physical activity and health issues; professionals who apply sport, physical activity, and health knowledge in delivering useful services; and the public who engage in fitness and sport activities in many forms and who benefit from living healthier lifestyles. The company is committed to providing accurate information and education packaged and delivered at affordable prices. Technology is a key driving force in improving products and their accessibility.

Pete Draovitch is a physical therapy and rehabilitation specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Performance Complex and has been the personal physical therapist for PGA Tour star Greg Norman since 1993. He also serves as physical therapist and wellness consultant for Martin Memorial Medical Center, as president and CEO of the Bodyguards, Inc., and as spring training physical therapy consultant for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization.

An accomplished writer, Draovitch has written articles for Golf magazine, Muscle Training in Orthopedics and Sports, Physical Therapy, and numerous other publications. He has been featured in golf segments on ESPN, NBC's High Performance Golf, and 60 Minutes and in articles in Golf magazine, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and USA Today.

Draovitch holds a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Miami and a master's degree in sports medicine and physical education from the University of Delaware. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the National Athletic Trainers' Association, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Ralph Simpson is a strength and conditioning specialist and a physical therapist board certified in manual therapy, athletic training, and orthopedics. He has traveled with the U.S. luge team on the World Cup circuit and provided care at USOC training centers. Since 1983 Simpson has worked with athletes of various sports. He spent 12 years traveling on the PGA Tour fitness van providing care and training to nearly all PGA Tour and Champions Tour players.

Simpson is a professional advisor for Golf Digest and has written numerous articles on golf fitness. He has been interviewed or quoted on ESPN, CNBC, the Golf Channel, BBC Sports Talk,local TV affiliates across the United States, the New York Times, USA Today, Golf Digest, Golf World, Wall Street Journal, and Chicago Sun Times.

Simpson holds a bachelor's degree with high honors in physical therapy and a bachelor's degree with high honors in health and physical education with an emphasis on adaptive physical education from the University of Montana. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

He has been an invited physical therapist at the Shark Shootout since 1997, continues to consult with various pros, and is the owner of Manual Orthopaedic & Sports Therapy in Whitefish, Montana, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Part I: Conditioning Components
Chapter 1. Golf Fitness Tests
Chapter 2. Flexibility for a Full-Swing Arc
Chapter 3. Preround Warm-Up
Chapter 4. Weight Training for Maximum Distance
Chapter 5. Core Training for Postural Stability
Chapter 6. Cuff Training for a Solid Backswing
Chapter 7. Motor Memory for Power Transfer and Skill Execution
Chapter 8. Nutrition and Supplements for Golf Energy Needs

Part II: Golf-Specific Programs
Chapter 9. Advanced Power Development
Chapter 10. 15-Minute Weekly Maintenance
Chapter 11. Rehabilitation and Recovery From Injury