PlayMakar® – Keep your Golfers Game Ready and on the Course!

Fort Worth, TX:  PlayMakar® develops FDA cleared, medical-grade athletic training and recovery tools for professional and amateur golfers, golf instructors, and golf consumers.

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Dome and Gym Time

So, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time over the last few months in the backyard. You see, in my backyard, sits the “UTNT Practice Centre for Deprived Golfers”. I have a Callaway Golf practice net set up so I can continue to make swings during the off-season. Which makes me think. Is there really an off-season?

While I’m back there hitting countless balls into the net I’m really only doing a couple of things.

  1. Getting my reps in
  2. Working on tempo and timing
  3. Working on my “quality of strike” and
  4. Make any mechanical tweaks that I see fit.

Honestly, this is the perfect time of the year for us in northern climes to make those adjustments. Admittedly, I’ve been working on having a bit of a bowed wrist at the top. Bowing the wrist does help to flatten the swing a tad on the way down. Truthfully, I’ve been working pretty hard on things because I’ve had some discussions with Crystal (my wife) and I do want to tee it up again when it matters. What’s the point of posting a 65 if it doesn’t mean anything?

It’s been over a year since my Stroke and the 2019 season saw me play the best golf that I’ve ever played. My lowest-scoring average (I had a couple of blow-up rounds 81 and 83) but I had a number of rounds SUB 70.

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Speaking of SUB 70.

My swing changed since my Stroke and my swing went from basically being aggressive and attacking the golf ball through impact to a move that’s more tempo-based. A huge reason for my scoring improving. It was a matter of more club with less swing and my GIR percentage increased. Finding the fairway has never really been an issue.

So I thought that today would be a good day to head indoors and see some ball flight. A dome session was in order. The dome where I go has a flight for about 80 yards as long as you don’t hit the ceiling. Which of course happens. It’s one thing to hit into a net and have really quality strikes.  But, it can be misleading. It’s another matter altogether when the ball has a chance to curve.

My session went really well today and other than a couple of low snap hooks I was really happy. The low snap is my miss. As long as nothing is leaking out to the right… Life is good. If I miss right, something went awry in my swing. Afterwards, I went to the gym.

I’m working out at Crunch Fitness and it’s a decent enough gym. I’m pleased to say that my weight is down to below 190 lbs, I’m feeling a little stronger and I guess I’m getting my “Inner Dechambeau” on. While I’m looking to gain muscle, I don’t wanna get big. I guess lean muscle mass is the goal.  Core work is essential and I will be taking SuperSpeed Golf into the gym as well. Golf, there is #nooffseason

There’s more news on the way so stay tuned.

#UntilTheNextTee

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

 

Golf Playoffs and Golf Fitness

A rare PSA. Tomorrow is Remembrance Day (Canada Day/The United Kingdom/Commonwealth), Veteran’s Day (United States) and Armistice Day (France). Please respect those that have fought, fallen, sacrificed or continue to fight for our freedom by observing a minute of silence at 11 a.m. 

On the 11th Day, of the 11th Month, at the 11th Hour the guns fell silent to signal the end of WWI in 1918. If your country wears a poppy please wear one out of respect.

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below….”
– In Flanders Field by John McRae
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The National War Memorial. (Photo Credit: Crystal Toth)

In a show of hands. Who amongst us likes the current playoff formats for the respective professional golf tours around the world? I admit it, I can’t see the hands but speaking for myself I cannot stand them nor have I ever liked them.

It doesn’t matter which tour it is. It could be the LPGA Tour (Race to CME Globe), the Race to Dubai (European Tour), the PGA TOUR and their FedEx Cup Playoffs or the PGA TOUR Champions (Charles Schwab Cup). It’s of little consequence to me.

I don’t like them and I think it’s because it’s partially convoluted (too many moving parts) and personally speaking I think that it’s overthought. Honestly, I think they have the system sort of correct where they whittle down the field gradually. To a point wherein the case of the FedEx Cup they get the field down to 30 for the TOUR Championship at East Lake. However, after that, you need to be a mathematician and algorithm genius to figure things out. Look no further than this weekend at Charles Schwab Cup finale in Arizona on PGA TOUR Champions (can’t we just go back to Champion’s Tour?). Instead of getting a headache I’ll let esteemed writer Ron Mintz take the lead from Tweets this morning.

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Just reading it, I get overwhelmed with a headache. But yes, that’s how it cracked down if you’ve been watching this week at all. Between this (as I describe it) “tomfoolery” it seems like the system isn’t quite right. But I have a suggestion and maybe I’m oversimplifying things a tad. What about using the points system as they have in place and when it gets down to the final 30 or 40 or even 50 reset the points to zero. Introduce Match Play to the final event. Where the winner takes all? Too easy?

Golf fitness. I’ve recently posted about there being #nooffseason when it comes to golf. There’s always something that needs to be improved. Maybe you need to experiment with a grip change. When the snow flies, this is a great time to do it. Or maybe, your putting stroke needs work? By getting a Big Moss, PuttOut or BirdieBall putting matt you can work on your game if your season is hampered by the blast of “Old Man Winter’s Wind”. I will be experimenting with a few things. I’m looking for a little more distance during my golf “cease-fire” and it’s the distance that I lost after my stroke. But, I’m having a little gander and David Leadbetter’s “A Swing” because I’m thinking of making things a little more compact. But I’ve also gotten back to the gym.

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Hoping to turn my chicken legs into at least turkey legs.

I bought my gym membership a few days ago, but I was feeling really off. A combination of cardiac-type issues and depression. I managed to force myself up and out a few days ago and since I haven’t had a day where I didn’t work out. Who knows, maybe it’ll lead to a better mind and better golf. Seeing that I’m just getting back into it, I am going easy. I’m combining circuit-training and then alternating days of legs/back with arms/chest. Core days are every day. Cardio is important of course for weight maintenance (I want to lose a few pounds/gain muscle and tone). So I’ll be trying to post updates. Above is my blank canvas. Man, I got so weak. Today, I added “Battle Ropes” to my repertoire. Yep, those are going to be fun and the death of me.

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Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Programs Featured at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 23-25

Golf fitness. It’s increasingly becoming a massive part of the golf industry. Quite frankly it has to be a part of the conversation when the distance debate rears its ugly head. With the technology that’s been developed for personal fitness it’s no doubt golfers (or athletes in general) have gotten faster… notice I never said bigger.

On top of the technology you have to look at the amount of R&D that’s been poured into physical fitness. Thousands of hours spent in university labs and so on looking for breakthroughs in kinesiology.

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At the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show world renowned experts in their field will assemble at the Orange County Convention Center in the Fitness Pavilion. It is here where they will be putting on demonstrations that focus on everything from the core to the mental side and yes… more power. Please see the press release below for more information.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2019) — The Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction area of the PGA Show Floor, presented in partnership with TPI, will feature a full schedule of complimentary education sessions and more than 75 related exhibits during the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 23-25, in Orlando, Florida.

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Three days of fitness, medical, health, wellness and instructional presentations build a robust programming schedule at the PGA Show Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Stage, positioned adjacent to the TPI and Life Fitness booths in the #1000 aisle. Expert speakers, such as Trevor Anderson, Milo Bryant, KC Craichy, Dave Herman, Lynn Marriott, Dr. Bhrett McCabe, Pia Nilsson and many more, will cover a variety of subjects to help golf instructors better integrate health, wellness and fitness into their grassroots programs.

Additionally, more than 75 golf fitness, sports performance and instruction companies will exhibit in the expanded area, to showcase the newest products and services related to both the golf and resort fitness industries. View full education session descriptions and the directory of Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction pavilion companies at PGAShow2019.com/FitnessPavilion.

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The PGA Show Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction area is one of several interactive PGA Show Floor destinations among the exciting exhibits offered by more than 1,000 top golf companies and brands at the 66th PGA Merchandise Show in the Orange County Convention Center.

PGA Show Golf Fitness, Wellness & Instruction Presentation Schedule
(As of Jan. 8, 2019 – Subject to Change)
 
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Functional Core Training Anywhere – Powered by SuperFlex Bands – by Dave Herman
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Truth about Metabolism, Hormones & Golf – by Ali Gilbert
10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Fitness Demonstration Series, Simple Power Drills – by Greg Johnson
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Elongate Your Spine to Elongate Your Golf Career – by Janet Alexander and Dan Helman
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Blocked and Random Practice: Which One Should I Use? – by Trillium Rose, PGA/LPGA
12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Golf Specific Dynamic Warm-Ups – by Greg Johnson
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Be A Player, Learn about the Game’s Hidden Fundamentals – by Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott, PGA
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Pulley/Cable-based Workouts – by Greg Johnson
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Increasing Swing Speed – by Michael Napoleon, PGA
2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Improving Thoracic Spine Rotation – by Greg Johnson
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Move Better – Play Better, Golf Mobility Training – by Blaine Seitz, PGA
3:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series – Medicine Ball Workouts – by Greg Johnson
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. BIG Training in Small Spaces – by Greg Johnson
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Multi-Sport Training for Junior Golfers:  The Biomechanics of Fun & Safety – by Dr. Steven Lorick
   
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Operation Mobility Restoration – by Nick Mueller
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Breaking Free of “Suckville” – The Space between Reality and Potential – by Dr Bhrett McCabe
10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Mini-Bands Drills & Exercises – by Greg Johnson
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Numbers Behind College Golf – by Brendan Ryan
11:40 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, LATS – The Forgotten Core Muscle – by Greg Johnson
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Driving Efficient Power in Golfers through Proper Foot Function, Ground Reaction Forces, and the Kinematic Sequence – by Katherine Roberts
12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Glute Training from Beginner to Advanced – by Greg Johnson
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. “SPA” (Stability, Power, and Athleticism) Training with Practical Tools for BETTER Performance – by Trevor Anderson
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Shoulder Training & Integrity – by Greg Johnson
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 5 Things You Need to Know About Hemp Oil – by Steve Patterson, PGA
2:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Setup Pelvic Posture – by Greg Johnson
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Dangers of O-T-C Medicines and Alternatives That Won’t Compromise Your Health – by KC Craichy
3:40 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Cervical Stability – by Greg Johnson
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Strength Revival PGA Professionals Need – by Kevin Duffy, PGA
4:40 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Balancing Act – by Greg Johnson
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. All Systems Firing to Increase Clubhead Speed and Hit the Ball Further – by Dan Kleckner
   
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Bridging the Performance Gap from Assessment of Dysfunction – by Mitch Sadowski
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Checks and Balances for Older Golfers, the Diminishing Balance Ability – by John D’Amico
10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Sitting Syndrome by Greg Johnson
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Motivating Young Minds – by Milo Bryant
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Peg Leg: Evaluation and Correction for the Golfer – by James Spencer
12:40 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Perfect Plank/Core Training – by Greg Johnson
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 6-Step System to Golf Fit as a Golf Professional – by Kaitlyn Pimental
1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Life Fitness Demonstration Series, Retraining for Thoracic Spine Extension – by Greg Johnson
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Training Under Pressure to Yield World-Class Performance – by Charles Pan

About the PGA Merchandise Show
The 66th PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 22-25, 2019, in Orlando, will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf. The PGA Show Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 23-25, at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. The PGA Merchandise Show, “the MAJOR of Golf Business,” is a trade-only event, not open to the public.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

Health, Fitness and Well-Being

*Waiver: I am in no way shape or form a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist or certified personal trainer. It is advised to see a physician before starting any fitness program.

I think it’s safe to say that this editorial isn’t really just golf-related. The reason being that much of what I have to say has been done with golf being a secondary reason. But the golfing benefits with better fitness is a direct by-product of your efforts. To say that good fitness isn’t  important to golf isn’t true because being stronger, faster or better flexibility isn’t essential to play golf. does it help? Of course! After having been asked what I’ve been doing to lose weight I thought that I would answer in this manner.

When I started working out to what some might describe as “semi-religiously” it came out of pure necessity. I had gone to my Vascular Surgeon after receiving some results that weren’t favorable. As a cardiac patient and diabetic having the addition of moderate to severe blockages of the Iliac, Renal, Femoral and Tibial arteries is just a crappy situation. For those that don’t know the pain when you have Peripheral Arterial Disease is brutal. Cramping and the burning are the least of the pain and worries with potential amputations (like me in 2014) just adds to the stress and misery. The pain generally tries to hold you back from what you generally do in the course of a day and it can be a strain on you psychologically. Factor in a blockage of say… Innominate Artery (right Carotid and Subclavian) and it just creates a little more complication.

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Me in NYC in 2015. Went to see Jimmy Fallon.

That day in the office of the surgeon I was given three choices. Where I was hopeful of receiving intervention I was told that we could 1. Do angioplasty. It would help for about 16 months and then it would return while weakening the vessels. 2. Do by-pass surgery from the groin down to the lower leg. Using all of the veins that I’ll assuredly need down the road. It would last roughly 10 years. Then what? 3. Live like a 45 year-old as best as I can. I chose the latter. So I commenced a fitness and better health regimen. What did it consist of? I’ve undergone a “regimen” of working out (5 days/wk) and better eating. In case you’re wondering if it was a special diet the answer is no. I still eat the same things but less of it.

Fitness – My fitness regiment is nothing too fancy. These workouts aren’t for getting ready for the next Mr. or Mrs. Universe contest but they are intended for burning calories while gaining strength, endurance and flexibility. I divide my days where twice a week the focus is on arms and chest. Twice a week I focus on legs/stretch days and once a week is a circuit training day (combined).

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On the way to the 2017 PGA Show. Weighed 220 lbs.

I manage to do cardio every day and that is mostly thanks to my Labrador Retriever who’s been vital in me remaining active. I try to take him for two 1-hour long walks and a couple of shorter 15-20 minutes each day. While at the gym I don’t sit on a treadmill, bike, stair climber or elliptical for 45 minutes or more. I employ HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and it lasts for 5 minutes. This simply means going hard for 30 seconds and then slowly for 30 and alternate. This increases the heart rate while boosting the metabolism where you burn calories post-workout as well.

The weight-lifting as mentioned are separated. As far as golf goes having bulging biceps is mostly unimportant. Actually, unless you’re competing in Long Drive they could be detrimental to your swing mechanics. Starting out I used real light weights as I was easing myself into the regimen. I noticed strength gains almost immediately and then I got to a point where I noticed the bulking up. When that happened I hit a plateau (about 3 months later) and took a week off. When I returned to working out I commenced doing lighter, high-intensity work-outs. Basically employing HIIT to these as well. The goal was to burn calories and develop lean muscle mass. Which is what I’m continuing to do. Aim for lean muscle mass. When working out decide what you want… and remember this formula.

Bulk – More Weight… Less Reps (e.g. Chest Press 185 lbs x 8 reps)

Lean Muscle Mass – Less Weight… More Reps (e.g. Chest Press 85 lbs x 20 reps)

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November 2017. I weighed about 215 here started to shift focus to lean muscle mass.

Better Eating. This can mean anything but in my case what I did was I simply cut down on my carbohydrate intake. This change was out of necessity as I was trying to stretch out my mileage of insulin prescriptions. “Carbs” are bad and they turn into sugar which drives blood glucose levels up. In an effort to start using less insulin I reduced my carb intake (I aim for no more than 140 grams/day). In doing so it helped with the weight loss and my blood glucose levels improved. I actually have gone for a couple stretches of 3 days without a need to inject once. While cutting the carbs I increased the amount of protein I was ingesting. Whether it was through eating more meats, drinking protein shakes or snacking on nuts and seeds instead of popcorn/chips I get my protein every day one way or another. Fruits and veggies are important as we know. When I’m in the mood to eat fruits and vegetables I eat them but when I don’t feel like it… forget it! thus the beauty of smoothies and protein shakes. There are a ton of great flavors out there. Also, if you’re on the road there’s likely a Booster Juice, Jamba Juice or similar somewhere near you. Just don’t be afraid to eat what you like… eat in moderation.

Suggestion – Don’t eat a large bag of potato chips… instead consider eating a small bag.

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December 2017, Down to 210 lbs.

Well Being. One thing that I don’t talk about is my long battle fighting depression. I laugh and smile and often it’s simply a “mask”. Depression affects all of us differently. In my case two of the things that happens is that I get something that I call “White Noise”. You know when you turn on a television and you see the “snow”? That snow is what I feel in my head. If it isn’t them it’s “voices” or “demons” and they’re powerful nasty buggers. On several occasions they’ve nearly led me to my end… my death. I’ve fought suicide on more occasions than I care to count. Why haven’t I done it? Cowardice I think… I don’t really know. Since working out my mental health has improved to a degree and the demons aren’t as loud as they once were. Psychologically it’s helped. One of my favorite parts  of my workouts is stretching and unlike bulging muscles this is important to golf. While stretching I clear my head (I do this in a sauna sometimes). I have tried yoga classes but that was an epic failure. From unexpected flatulence to just not being able to get into the positions from arthritis and the neurological issues prevented me from further exploring yoga. Make sure you stretch.

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At the range yesterday. January 11th, 2018. 198 lbs.

Getting bigger, faster and stronger is great for golf. But losing a few pounds and feeling better about yourself makes every ounce of sweat well worth. Feel better! #fightandgrind

Until The Next Tee!!