February 2009 Archives




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Today was a great first day of the Denver Golf Expo!

Met many different people and was especially impressed by the Colorado PGA. I got to meet the President- Tim Lollar and was blessed to have RT Nelson help set me up for my presentation titled, “Posture- how your bad posture contributes to your bad game!”

I got about 40 attendees, and we had some fun talking about how bad posture will pretty much contribute to poor performance at any sport or life activity, not just golf!

Stayed tuned- Saturday we’re talking about our new Junior academy- Champions Junior Performance Academy.

Talk tommorow!

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You know, Tyler and I started golffitnessguys.com to help “clear the air,” on all of the fallicies of golf fitness, the golf industry and other know or unknown facts about golf.

One of the biggest things we struggle with is the fitness industry’s attempt to teach “golf fitness” to the public by those who are clearly unqualified to do so!

If you are working on your game by exercising, PLEASE (and this is us begging you!) NEVER take a class or work with a “personal trainer” who puts you on a machine or machines that “isolate” a muscle!

Here’s the truth- Your body does not learn is isolated environments! It learns and performs complex movement patterns!

Think Primal. Could you ever envision seeing a caveman doing leg extensions or seated hamstring curls to get a leg workout? Ha! It’s actually almost funny, don’t you think?

On the contrary, due to the fact that Mr. Caveman had to hunt, build, and otherwise survive, he was an excellent squatter, lunger, deadlifter, pusher, puller, walker, runner, bender and rotator! As a golfer, or any athlete for that matter, you should be just like him!

Seek those who are qualified TPI professional (www.mytpi.com) as your best option for the best “leader and educater” when it comes to golf fitness…and don’t comprimise!

So in the end, stay tuned her, cause Tyler and I will continue to serve up healthy servings of the truth and provide you with the best the golf fitness world has to offer! And do your best to be a caveman!

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Go check out our newest article for http://www.sherrytabb.com.
Sherry has a great blog for women golfers, and our article is the first of four, and it’s about how your body faults create and cause your swing faults!

What are you waiting for? Go learn something!

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Twice this week, high school students came back to my gym after working out on their own this winter. They both complained of hitting the ball worse this week than they did in the fall – which in the DC area was the first good golf weather week this year. They had hit plenty of golf balls to keep their swings sharp. They did hit off of mats and not grass, but why would a swing get progressively worse while working out? One was shanking the ball, the other was hitting lots of fat shots – but both of them were frustrated and confused.

I did my normal quarterly assessment to see what kind of physical changes had taken place and what we need to do to get the ready for summer tournaments. In both cases, I found a decreased amount of shoulder movement – specifically in external range of motion. I questioned each of them individually to find out what exercises they were doing the last couple months. Each of them confessed to working out with a friend – non golfers of course – who was trying to bulk up and did lots of chest exercises.

Yes, the chest is an important muscle group in the golf swing, but arbitrarily strengthening any one area – they way they did – is a bad idea. As a result, we are going to have to do some work to undo what was done and regain shoulder motion. A tight right shoulder for a right handed golfer can cause the club to release too soon (can cause contact problems – specifically fat shots) or cause the golfer to side bend too much to compensate for the shoulder (can cause shanks – a lot of shanks for better players).

If you are going to do isolation exercises, do glute exercises. Hip hikers and bridges are great isolation exercises that will actually help your golf swing – you can find links at www.mytpi.com.

I know that a big chest is cool in high school, but elite golfers just say no to the bench and so should you.

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Is your kid a jr golfer between the ages of 2 and 8 and excited about the game?

Here’s a few questions for you…
-Do you have them practicing with a pro on how to play the game?
-Are they using modifed clubs that used to be yours?
-Do you have them focusing on Golf for the most part?

Listen up, because we think you may be screwing your child’s ability and potential to become the best golfer they can be!

And no matter what the instructor says, until they are at least 8 for boys and 9 for girls, they shouldn’t be swinging a club!
Instead, they need to be focusing on the “fundamentals of movement!”

What is that you ask?


It’s all about play! PERIOD!

Remember how you used to play when you were a child? We got kicked out of the house and came only when we heard a “whistle!”

Am I right?

During that entire day we swam, climbed trees, built things, dug, kicked different kinds of balls, threw rocks and balls, walked on slippery rocks and through creeks, balanced on fallen trees, pulled, pushed, wrestled, crawled “army” style, hung from tree limbs and monkey bars, and just played.

Well guess what? As certified TPI (Tilteist Performance Institute, www.mytpi.com) professionals, we believe that this is how you create a foundation for great athletes! It is based on decades of research from countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand (see www.ltad.ca).

Course we all know that great athletes make great golfers, so how can you be putting your young golfer into golf exclusively at such a young age?

Here’s what you should do..
-let them play, take them to martial arts and gymnastics and swimming, and dance lessons!
-let them play multiple sports, up to 3 till the age of 12!
-Kick them out of the house to go play outside!

In the end, all of these suggestions will create strong “fundamental movement skills,” and once those are developed, then you can begin teaching them “fundamental sports skills” like golf.
But please don’t limit your childs ability to become “physically literate!” If you were to do this with school your child would be considered “educationally il-literate.”

It works the exact same for physical “education” as well…so please don’t raise a physically il-literate child…we don’t need any more than we already have!

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Exercising for golf is all about moving better. I don’t need a complete weight set, exercise ball, or yoga mat to learn to move better. All you need is a little bit of time and space – I use the term loosely – and a lot of passion to getting better. Do you know those kids who find it impossible to sit still? You are trying to have a conversation with their parent and they are spinning on one foot, tumbling on the ground or practicing karate? Be THAT kid…

My top 5 places for golf fitness exercises.

1. Bathroom – it’s got space, a mirror and usually you can afford the 30 second delay with little explanation. Brush your teeth on one foot or work on your impact position while you wash your hands. Just be sure to tip the wash man if he notices a swing fault.
2. Hallways – space is no problem, often there is no one looking so pausing to do a few full swings is not an issue. One word of caution, always be ready to play it off because someone will catch you eventually.
3. Elevators – Another great place for ankle exercises or balance drills. Working on your pivot can be a great conversation starters – Did I come over the top there?
4. Movie Theaters – work on the release or any other hand/wrist drills. The darkness increases your proprioceptive benefit so your brain learns more. A repertoire of drills to do is especially important during romantic comedies or anything starring Rupert Everett.
5. Car – wrists, neck, activation of glutes or abs. You are limited by space, but you have lots of time. Try to keep your core tight at every read light. Work on your posture during the chorus of of any song.

These are my favorite but try to find five places of your own where you can tie movement practice to routine activities. If you get caught, just blame the golf fitness guys and send them our way for an explanation.

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I have trained many different kinds of athletes over the last 20 yrs, including: Olympic gold medal winning snowboarders, X-games champions, moto and super cross champions, the #1 downhill mtn bike racer in the world and two PGA Tour winners. But I must say, as much fun as it has been working with those athletes, they just aren’t as rewarding as watching junior athletes evolve into young athletes and then into adult athletes.

However, as much fun as it is to watch that evolution, I am seeing a troubling symptom of our fast-paced lifestyle that is directly affecting our kids. It is the epidemic problem of laziness, poor nutrition, the “quick fix” mentality, lack of physical education in school and the prevalence of technology.

Parents, sadly today, we are creating a generation of overweight and obese kids, to the tune of 50% by 2010! YES! Can you believe that 50% of our kids and 60% of our adult population will be considered overweight and obese? To me, this is insanity!

First, it is insane that adults are doing this to their own bodies. I can’t believe that so many just “give up” on themselves and accept that that is way their body is going to be and that they have to live a life of sickness and disease!

Secondly, and most important, is how selfish these same parents are being to their kids! I don’t think they truly understand that the bad habits they are teaching their children will begin a generational obesity and disease downward spiral! This to me is unacceptable!

Parents, please stop being a part of the problem and be part of the solution, not just for you and your kids, but for all those kids that are on the path to disease.

If we can help- please let us know.

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We assume that you are working on your golf swing. We assume that you want to get better this year. We want to make sure that you are doing something to stop the bleeding, but we want it to be part of a system.

Band – aids stop the bleeding from nicks (like bad ball position). Tourniquets stop the bleeding if you have a fatal wound (like no idea how to release the club). Surgery can be used to stop bleeding as well (like if your shoulder doesn’t move enough to bring the club on the proper plane). You need to have a good doctor (or golf pro) who can help you deal with your issue (or swing fault).

In medicine, you are given a choice based on your symptoms. “You could do this, or this, but I would recommend this.” We think this rule should apply to golf instruction as well.

Here is an example of how this medical example could work in the golf world.

Lets say that you are coming over the top. You could – close your stance or change your grip – that’s a band-aid. You could – do a drill with a training device like the inside approach to manufacture a way to not come over the top – that’s a tourniquet. Or you could – have a physical exam, work on exercises to improve your separation and shoulder mobility while doing a drill to challenge you to put the new skill into your game – that’s a surgery and the only long term solution.

Sometimes surgery is the fastest (and only method) to fix a problem. If you have been working on your game for years and improvement has plateaued – especially if that plateau is between a 7 and 15 handicap – then you might be a candidate for surgery.

Check out our downloads to learn more about long term solutions to real golf problems and leave the band-aids in the medicine cabinet…or for the day before a tournament.

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