Here we go golf fans!
Another solid video for you to self mobilize for better performance!
Sorry about that! When you have to get on a plane, you gotta get on!
So I carry on…
Overzealous parents and golf coaches and instructors contribute to the problem becuase they think because little Johnny can hit the ball 200+yds and straight at 9 yrs old, that he is going to be the next Tiger Woods. Of course this is just outright blasphemy!
Here’s the sad truth…
This information comes from Henry Brunton’s new book, “Journey to Excellence- The young golfers complete guide to achievement and personal growth.”
“Pro golf dreams by the numbers…”
-2.2 million: The number of junior golfers active in the US
-226,000: Juniors playing competitive golf
-5,500: Golfers playing at the NCAA Division 1 level
-446: Men and Women playing on the PGA and LPGA tours combined
Kind of discouraging huh? My biggest issue is I truley believe that every one of those numbers would be greater if the system tailored to the kids and their development and transistion from a ten to an 18 year old. Because guess what?
There is an extrodinary amount of changing going on with a junior golfer during that time that, if guided and coached correctly, will produce great athletic golfers…not burnt out, tired, “pretty swingers” who can’t PLAY the game.
So if you have a junior golfer, or are a coach, PLEASE prioritize their fitness while they grow up and develop. It is said to be a great golfer, it will take 20 years to learn and perfect, so if that’s the case, don’t rush!
Again, it’s like building a house, you need first, a strong foundation to build that big strong house that will last for years and years to come. So don’t just start building walls and putting in doors when there is no foundation to put them on…comprende’?
If you need help, Tyler and I are here, just contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you. After all, it WILL take a village to help your kid be the best golfer they can be! And in that case…consider us fellow villagers!
Well, TPI Junior level 3 is done and once again we are leading the way in another category of golf fitness…Junio Golf.
You see, like we’ve said before, the state of junior golf is sad. Unfortuately, the ones who suffer the most are the kids.
It’s because the industry has prioritized a “pretty golf swing” instead of creating great athletes who become great golfers. Overzealous parents and golf …. Oops, sorry, got to get on my plane, you”ll just have to wait till my next post!
Tyler and I are separately but together, traveling to providence to take the TPI Junior Level 3 certification… We will keep you posted along the way!
BTW- we will be two of forty professionals in the world to have this certification aftr this weekend!
Hi, Dee here.
You know I see alot of clients in my clinic for shoulder and neck pain related to playing golf. In fact besides the tennis ball therapy videos you have seen on our site here, this stretch is a staple for all our clients as a tool to improve posture, improve breathing, improve blood and nerve flow to the arm, and to allow better turn though the thoracic spine.
Give a try, and do it everyday for a better shoulder, neck and game!
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Greetings golfers! Tyler here responding to one of your questions, “Which golf books do we recommend?” As always, thanks for the question, and I will give it my best.
I have read a lot of books on golf, and a lot of non golf books that have helped me tremendously. But in the spirit of the internet and the way information is currently requested, here is my TOP TEN list of books for golfers! The order of these books is really dependent on what you need to work on.
*Brief Disclaimer: I am composing this list on the road and away from my library and I am sure a book or two is being left out. It may become a top 12 or 13 when I get back home.
1. Every Shot Must Have a Purpose – Pia Nielson and Lynn Marriott – The two teachers with the best golf school in the country launched their golf54 and vision 54 systems back in 2005. This book highlights the system that they created to help Annika get to the best golfer in the history of Women’s Golf. This book details how to PLAY golf, not hot to swing a golf club. This book covers everything needed to build a proper pre-shot routine and get in the right state of mind for every shot. It also gives you a system for analyzing your game to see if technical range practice is really what will help you score better now. Definitely a must read on the mental game!
2. Zen Golf – Joseph Parent. This was one of the first Buddhist books that I read and one of the best that I have read to this date. The book lays out practical exercises and colorful imagery both designed to help you stay in the moment of the shot. This skill is paramount to high level golf and in my opinion where Tiger seems to really be better than anyone else in the world.
3. The Impact Zone – Bobby Clampett and Andy Brumer. I figured I needed to have a highly technical golf swing book in the top 3 and this is one of the best. I’ve always thought that if I read a book and took away one thing from it that I use almost everyday then it was well worth it. The Impact Zone will give you a couple. The best part, is it focuses on the one moment that really matters – IMPACT. I see way too many golfers focusing on extraneous things before getting a really solid impact position. In my opinion, a solid impact position is the number one position that a golfer needs to understand. From doing 5 years of 3D analysis I can tell you that just getting a player to a really good top of back swing position will not make a player have a great downswing. I might even be able to argue that it could make it worse if a player can’t picture in their mind what the body needs to do from through impact. This book will help you understand how to picture impact!
4. Putting Prescription – Dr. Craig Farnsworth. Dr. Farsworth, AKA the Putt Doctor, has worked with lots and lots of tour pros including recent PGA Champion and Tiger tamer, Y.E. Yang. This book lays out a lot of the key points from his clinics on reading greens and stroke mechanics. This book might be the most valuable on the list if you are a struggling putter.
5. Core Performance for Golfers – Mark Verstegen. Until The Golf Fitness Guys have a book an training program, this is the best one size fits all book on golf fitness training. It is always best to have someone look at you to get a customized plan that targets your needs, and there are probably some exercises that he would have now put in the book, but if you are new to “working out” for golf, this is a great place to start. I highly recommend the foam roller, stick, and tennis ball recommendations for recovery. It will do more for you than the 19th hole any day!
6. Getting Up and Down – Tom Watson. This is a great book covering all aspects of the short game and a real insight from one of the best wedge players in history. I highly recommend the section on chipping for some great images and metaphors.
7. Overcoming Underearning – Barbara Stanny. Alright, here’s my first real curve ball. Barbara has a great story about falling from success and having to relearn the keys to getting what you want. There are some great reflective sections that will help you pin point thoughts that are limiting you in development of any kind. The number one lesson is that successful people are willing to feel uncomfortable. This holds true for golfers as well. If you want to improve your game you are going to have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable first. Want tips on how to do it? Read this book.
8. NLP: The New Technology of Achievement by NLP Comprehensive – Steve Andreas, and Charles Faulkner – Want to learn how to train your brain to think better, overcome phobias, or deal with failurre? That is what NLP teaches. How to use mental images to shape how you look at a situation. If you have trouble getting scared over certain shots, you need to do some of the exercise in this book!
9. The Now Habit – Niel Fiore – Why would a book on overcoming procrastination make my top ten? Most golfers are terribly unorganized and only wish to get better without any real plan. Anytime a client of mine answers the question, “Well, if you knew what to do, why didn’t you do it?” with the answer, “I don’t know, just lazy I guess…” I refer them to this book. Laziness is a trait. Traits are not selective. You cannot be lazy with one part of your life and not be lazy other times. It just doesn’t work that way. What you can be is unorganized so you failed to prepare for a predictable situation and thus responded in a less than optimal way. Lack of organization for how to get something often can be confused for laziness, read this book to learn how to start correcting it.
10. Tour Tempo – John Novosel – I have to end this list with another golf related book. Tour Tempo points out an interesting phenomena relating to the golf swing. There is a pattern for how fast a player swings the club back and through and I have news for you, it’s not as slow as you think. Great book with scientific backing that I have seen help lots of different swings.
Here’s my list for now. I hope you enjoyed it. But let me briefly explain why some books didn’t make the cut. If the book was a technical book that advocated one specific method then it only helps those people who need to incorporate more of that method into their game. I was going for books that I think would have the biggest impact on anyone’s game. Books like “The Plane Truth,” The “8-Step Golf Swing,” and “4 Cornerstones of Wining Golf” are great method books, but they are still method books. If you want to make it on my list, you need to be able to help the masses.
Happy reading, and let me know what you think!
Tyler here with an attempt to motivate you golfers out there to start planning what you are going to work on with your off season training now.
This thought evolved over the last 24 hours, but the catalyst was from a Paul Chek video I was watching about abdominal training. The question posed to Paul was if you should train athletes and non-athletes differently. His answer made me pause the DVD and reflect. I’ll paraphrase what I took from it, but basically he said that we have evolved over the last 4 million years and all of us survived because we are athletic. Or the way I like to phrase it, all human beings are athletic until conditioned otherwise.
When interviewing clients I usually ask them if they were good at sports. Almost without fail, those that were good at sports played sports, and those who were not good at sports did other activities. Sticking with Paul’s thought, these people are unathletic because they did not play sports, they did not avoid sports because they were unathletic. This would be akin to taking a child who is struggling with reading and telling them just to focus on math.
So this brings me back to my original statement. Was Tiger Woods the one because he was destined, or was he perfectly bread and it was fated that he would change the way golf was played? I’m in the middle – sorry Paul. Tiger had some genetic advantages, (6′ whatever, lots of fast twitch muscle fibers, etc.) but he became Tiger through his conditioning. He got to watch his dad watch golf balls and was captivated. He was never forced to play golf, his dad basically made him beg to play. He was given instruction and time to practice at a young age and his instructor told him very little about the golf swing other than, “do this” and “hit it as far as you can”. He learned to meditate and focus at a very young age. He asked his dad to make him tough during a talk about how he could beat the older kids. His dad taught him the value of physical fitness and he made that his lifes mantra.
Now I’m confused. Let me try and work it out in my head.
Maybe some of it was genetic, or maybe a lot of it was learned. Good players know how to practice correctly, maybe that was passed down. Tiger’s mom knew how to meditate and focus, maybe that was passed down. His dad was a military guy with discipline and an understanding of physical fitness, maybe that was passed down. So Tiger had a good frame, but maybe Paul is on to something here. If you grew up and your parents weren’t active, then you didn’t learn an active lifestyle. It wasn’t genetic, it was learned. If you didn’t have someone to properly expose you, and you weren’t lucky enough to figure it out through exploration, then you probably missed out.
Here’s the good news, you can always work on it. Get with your golf fitness pro and lay out a plan for the winter to work on the things that you need to. Don’t accept not hitting the ball far enough or being a bad putter, and definitely don’t accept being out of shape because you have never done it before. It is in your DNA to love to move, don’t deny the athlete that you really are. Saying you are “not an athlete” is no longer an excuse that The Golf Fitness Guys will accept.
Hello valuable readers, Dee here, and I’m about to off on a rant, so if you are sensitive, don’t like to be challenged, don’t like to hear the truth and don’t like to be called out, then now would be a good time to go to facebook or something and waste some time!
Part of me is pissed and part of me is sad, so for now I’m both…”pissad” (new word for the day!).
I’m “pissad” because as I was out on my road bike today, I passed two golf courses with about four holes visable from the path I was on. And at both courses, I stopped to watch some swings, but become struck by the fact that of 32 golfers (4 holes x four foursomes on each course = 32 golfers), ALL OF THEM WERE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE, and ALL OF THEM WERE STRUGGLING WITH THEIR GAME because of their weight.
Of course while I was thinking this, I was reminded of the newest overwt and obese numbers that came out about three weeks ago (see the blog that I posted) that stated that more people (~32%) are now obese, and (~31%) are now overweight with kids following behind at close to 25% each obese and overwieght.
As much as what I was seeing is a true representitive of our population here in the United States, I got mad at how people have just “given up” on themselves, and that’s when I got sad.
As my “thought flood” continued, I started thinking about why so many, men in particular, end up playing golf as their “sport of choice,” and I think part of the reason is that it’s easy! Seriously…if you ride a cart, there isn’t much exercise at all! So it still seems that to the public, golf is an easy sport to play and doesn’t take much fitness to play like many other sports do.
Think about how golf is viewed for the most part, especially from a “male” point of view:
1. We try to hit it as far as we can to make ourselves look better or bigger than our opponents = insecurity
2. We miss a putt and cuss and blame the putter = immaturity
3. We move the ball a little bit or change our score = cheating
4. We think our “state of the art” clubs are better than our opponents (even though they don’t equate to lower scores!) = show off
5. We blame our back pain as the reason as to why our game sucks = laziness
6. Then we get hot dogs and a soda at the turn and cocktails afterward, and then players wonder why they have a hard time with the game and life in general!
I mean how pathetic is that! But, if you think about it, those adjectives above describe alot of people and how the run their lives…and that is probably the biggest reason why I think people have just given up.
Golf is a sport of integrity, honesty, precision, patience, skill, talent, love, hate, and athleticism! These are the values we promote, and will always do our best to help you with any of those that you struggle with!
Really my friends, that is why Tyler and I created Golf Fitness Guys, and why we talk about everything in life that could play a role in being a great golfer, because in our opinion, golf just isn’t a sport, it really is a lifestyle and speak a ton about how you look at life. Our goal is to provide you with the latest, most solid- research backed information you can get on:
1. Golf Fitness
2. Body therapy
3. Muscle Activation Techniques
4. Mobility, Stability
5. Strength, Power
8. Life issues- hydration, sleep, stress reduction, disease prevention, etc.
You see, we see golf and golf fitness as a lifestyle. Our golf fitness programs we make for our clients, including our PGA Tour winners, benefit their lives first, and they get better at golf because there lives begin to change for the better! Like I always say, “Golf fitness is Life fitness!”
So PLEASE, get off your butt, get outiside or into a gym; go to Whole Foods or at least buy as much organic food as you can; and make a change for not just yourself and your game, but for your kids and legacy after them! God gave you a healthy body the day you were born, and the only thing that has made it different since you’ve been old enough to make decisions for your health and fitness is YOU!
Thanks for listening, and I hope that it has stirred some feelings in you that will make you want to make a difference in your life.
You had the power to get where you are now and ONLY YOU HAVE THE POWER TO GET OUT!
If this is you, and you are hopefully not offended, and want come coaching on how to be better, then PLEASE contact us, and we’d be happy to help you get your life and game back!