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!!

A Season of Change

It’s been a while since I wrote a small blurb or editorial so here we go…

Much can said about the bad fortune that us… “People of the North” suffer from. Us poor souls (as hearty as we are) that have to hang up our golf clubs as “Old Man Winter” steadily approaches. Eager to get us into his cold clutches and drive us indoors. A term that we effectively call the “off-season”. Our southern friends taught us with cell pictures of them suffering in tropical temperatures playing golf as we go into a “golf hibernation”. Laugh at us all you want but there is a silver lining to our black cloud full of snow.

I have been adamant in declaring that there is simply #NoOffSeason for those of us in the northern climates. As a matter of fact it’s not an off-season at all as it’s more like a “season of change”. This time of the year is perfect for us to “recognize and react” to deficiencies in our game. This can mean a number of things. Perhaps our putting is woeful so maybe we get a putting mat and try a change of stroke. Perhaps a new grip to hold that flat stick. Maybe that Vardon Grip hasn’t been working for you… so maybe it’s the right time of the year to experiment with a switch to an Interlocking or a 10 Finger Grip.

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LOL… no David. There is no “gun show”. It’s more like a gun convention.

Personally speaking, this year I’m making a number of changes. I’ve committed myself to a change in eating and fitness. I’ve decided to cut the carbs which does two things. The first is to lower my blood glucose levels and the second reason is to cut weight. All in all the changes are mostly due to recent test results of my arteries and I really need to make some serious changes since surgical intervention is not currently on the table. The results thus far have seen a reduction in weight. I started my fitness regimen at 223 lbs and I am now . under 210 lbs for the first time since 1996. Also, I am needing to inject less insulin which is a great feeling to help control my blood sugar. Not to mention that I’ve been feeling a little better lately.

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Seeing things with a different perspective.

Other changes that I’ve made recently are to benefit my golf game. Coupled with working I have re-introduced myself to SuperSpeed Golf. More clubhead speed is always good. On the whole I’ve been struggling with my golf game and part of the reason is my vision. I decided to try wearing glasses while I play golf. I played a round recently with a friend (Randy) who also wears glasses when he plays and wearing the glasses caused me issues. My depth perception changed… so it seemed like the ball wasn’t where I thought it was in my stance. Or from a lie standpoint. The ball seemed closer and as Randy pointed my brain was having a hard time believing what it was seeing. It will take time but it did pay a dividend. I can see the greens better and I think it really solved why my putting was so poor this year. I thought that I was seeing breaks when I wasn’t.

In the meantime, as long as the snow isn’t flying and the courses are open think like an onion and layer”. I guess the main purpose of this article can be summed up. Truthfully, there is #NoOffSeason. Make a change… the time is now. It’s officially the “season of change”.

Until The Next Tee!!

 

Ripped or Over-Ripe?

The game of golf has come a long way since Old Tom Morris graced the fairways of the “Home of Golf”. Gone are wooden shafts, golf balls made with feathers and the days of wearing tweed jackets to keep you warm from the elements. Of course the equipment changes have been plentiful since then and one could contend that the changes and advancement of material (both fabric and equipment) has seen plenty of change in the last decade. But what about the material fiber behind the clothes, club-making material and equipment? Golfers themselves have evolved since Old Tom was winning his four Open Championships. The beards in recent times worn by Graham DeLaet and Andrew “Beef” Johnston aren’t that big of a deal. After all “Old Tom” had quite the facial hair masterpiece. All of the other major sports in the world have seen massive developments in technology. Technology from both an equipment and player development point of view. Athletes have gotten bigger, faster and stronger. Golf is no different.

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Old Tom… serious beard game. (Photo Credit: scotsman.com)

Starting with the elite junior golfer. Parents and coaches alike have encouraged their young athletes to partake in physical fitness regimens. All in an attempt to get a head start on the competition while working towards golf scholarships and paid educations. A few years ago I was a coach for a Novice (6-8 year-olds) Rep hockey team. In a trainer’s course they made one thing very clear. At no time should athletes under the age of 12 start working out for mass. At the time, we were given the explanation that children hadn’t reached the time in their lives when they were physically ready to develop muscles (hormones). Flexibility and mobility yes.

There has been a lot of debate in recent times regarding golf and working out. Working out definitely has it’s place in golf. Since November, I have been serious about adding a workout regimen in my life. Both for golf and self-betterment. I have been toying with the idea of competing again and thought that maybe if I lost some weight and gained some strength it might give me an opportunity to keep up with the kids coming out of “golf factories” (College and University golf programs). While I have been successful in losing weight (to date 25 pounds) and several inches off of my waist (7″) I have been careful not to gain a lot of muscle mass. The goal here is to get stronger and faster… not necessarily bigger. So far mission accomplished.

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Always opinionated. Brandel Chamblee (Photo Credit: GolfChannel.com)

In recent memory, much has been made about professional golfers and their workout regimens. Admittedly, I don’t watch anything on Golf Channel like Morning Drive because more often than not I feel like they are just blowing hot air and re-capping the same stuff. It wasn’t long ago when it was all over social media that Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee was absolutely destroying Rory McIlroy for his workout regimen and they way that his physique became. As a matter of fact the two of them engaged in a sort of “quasi-feud”. Chamblee basically saying that Rory’s working out was over the top and Rory countering with a long-winded  (to paraphrase) “mind your own business”. Here we are several months later and right on the heels of signing a reported $100M multi-year deal with TaylorMade Golf Rory is out with a rib injury. Tough break for the investors. Like him or not maybe Brandel had a point.

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“Do you even lift bro?” (Photo Credit: Men’s Health)

Tiger Woods. As legendary as his career has been his physical exploits have been nearly as legendary. Remember when a young Tiger Woods emerged on the scene? He was lean and lanky but he could still pound the golf ball. As time wore on we saw that Tiger was evolving. Slowly getting bigger and bigger! Before you knew it he looked like a linebacker in the NFL. There was speculation that he was using HGH (Human Growth Hormone) to help him along the way and whether he was or wasn’t doesn’t really matter. But it is pretty ironic that since he got so big he has seen nothing but injury, surgery, re-hab and injury resulting in a vicious cycle. Most of these injuries occurring after bulking up with the most recent setback prior to the tournament in Turkey (he withdrew from his tournament the Safeway Open). Which begs the question. Is getting big good or detrimental? Does more muscle mass mix well with the forces of the golf swing?

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The oft-injured Tiger. (Photo Credit: phillipinesdailymirror.com)

I remember years ago a conversation that I had with my mother. The conversation took place in 2010 not too long before she passed away later that year. Out of all of the conversations that we could have had we talked about golf. My mother was a nurse most notably in the Emergency Room and she of course knew a lot about the human body and injuries. We talked this day in particular about the golf swing and I remember her saying “I don’t know how you (golfers) do it. That swing and the motions. There is so much twisting and contorting like you are a Chinese acrobat. How does the body not get injured more often?” My only response was by stating that “we stretch”. It was a weak and uneducated answer. But the more that I have learned over the years of learning, playing and teaching the golf swing the more I heard her question in my mind. Factor in the observations of Mr. Chamblee and her words become even louder in my mind.

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“The Crusher”

 

The “cookie-cutter swing” that has become the norm has a ton of torque placed on so many parts of our anatomy like my mother suggested. The golf swing is a powerful movement and strength does play a role in the search for more distance. I think “Smash Factor” is far more important. We have to be efficient in striking the middle of the clubface. But bulking up…is that good? I am by no means a kinesiologist but in my opinion there is a very fine line between working out for the golf swing versus working out to get “jacked”. The golf swing and getting more distance is not about brute strength (although tell that to the guys and gals in Long Drive). Some of those guys and gals competing in LDA events are “beasts and beastettes” but there is a huge difference in technique. Where Tour swings are for the most part all about being tight and compact the swings on the LDA are a little more “loosy-goosy”. Not every golfer on Tour has gotten injured but it is ironic that the guys who became huge have found themselves injured. Bigger hitters like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler don’t have the physiques of McIlroy, Woods or any NFL linebacker. Evidence of this is in their spring break videos. While they are slim and in good shape they aren’t the bearers of rippling muscles on top of other rippling muscles. Ironically enough, they have not suffered long-term injuries that have forced them out of action. The era is different and the information wasn’t as readily available like it is in this the “Information Era” but when did you hear about Jack Nicklaus, John Daly, Tim Herron or Joey Sindelar have numerous knee and/or back injuries? None of them could have body’s that would be described a “ripped temples of flesh and skin”. As far as that goes what about Bubba Watson? Unfortunately, in the case of Fred Couples and many others herniated discs have been an “Achilles Heel”. Ironically, none of these golfers had the “modern golf swing” that is being taught nowadays.

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Beach bodies? (Photo Credit: golfdigest.com)

So what’s better for player development and injury prevention? Being ripped or over-ripe? A swing that is full of torque or one that is more “loose”? Does one type of swing suit a certain type of physique? Or is there a delicate balance between all of the above?The debate will go on for years. What say you?

Until The Next Tee!

 

Proud

There have been times in the process of writing my blog or playing golf competitively where my pride has been tested. I have never been shy nor hidden the fact that my results have been very poor. While I cannot fully blame this on going through a swing construction (in hindsight it was a re-construction) it definitely played a huge part in my demise. At times I had no clue how to swing a club. A horrendous feeling.

But if there is one thing that I can be proud of it’s this. I wrote on my other blog about hitting the gym. The long story short is that at the end of November I was 231 lbs. A weight that isn’t very acceptable for a diabetic cardiac patient who stands at 6’0″. So I started a fitness regimen with some focus on better eating. I saw immediate results as I dropped a quick ten pounds. I assume it was water weight that I had lost. But then I put weight back on and sat at 228 pounds. It was okay… 2 lbs less is better than 2 lbs more right?

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So today happened. I stepped on the scale at World Gym – Niagara Falls, Ontario and with clothes on I weighed in at 219 lbs. I broke the “220 barrier”. Folks, I cannot tell you how happy I was. I was elated… or am elated. I had a goal of trying to drop 20 before my birthday which is less than a week away but I’ll gladly take 10 lbs off with added muscle and strength. I will lose the extra 10 lbs because I am determined. The rewards for my effort is being shown with my golf swing. It feels more powerful and the strikes sound way different. My ball flight starts flat, climbing slowly and seems to hit another gear. I am swinging strong and confident.

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It has been a long time since I felt this proud about something I did (or myself). Goals are attainable and change is possible. Set realistic goals and watch them come to fruition.

Until The Next Tee!